Limitations of conventional drinking water technologies in pollutant removal

Roberta Hofman-Caris, Johannes Hofman

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This chapter gives an overview of the more traditional drinking water treatment from ground and surface waters. Water is treated to meet the objectives of drinking water quality and standards. Water treatment and water quality are therefore closely connected. The objectives for water treatment are to prevent acute diseases by exposure to pathogens, to prevent long-term adverse health effects by exposure to chemicals and micropollutants, and finally to create a drinking water that is palatable and is conditioned in such a way that transport from the treatment works to the customer will not lead to quality deterioration. Traditional treatment technologies as described in this chapter are mainly designed to remove macro parameters such as suspended solids, natural organic matter, dissolved iron and manganese, etc. The technologies have however only limited performance for removal of micropollutants. Advancing analytical technologies and increased and changing use of compounds however show strong evidence of new and emerging threats to drinking water quality. Therefore, more advanced treatment technologies are required.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplications of Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) in Drinking Water Treatment
EditorsAntonio Gil, Luis Alejandro Galeano, Miguel Angel Vincente
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameThe Handbook of Environmental Chemistry


  • Conventional water treatment
  • Disinfection
  • Groundwater
  • Micropollutants
  • Surface water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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