Effects of ozone and ozone/peroxide on trace organic contaminants and NDMA in drinking water and water reuse applications

Aleksey N. Pisarenko, Benjamin D. Stanford, Dongxu Yan, Daniel Gerrity, Shane A. Snyder

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An ozone and ozone/peroxide oxidation process was evaluated at pilot scale for trace organic contaminant (TOrC) mitigation and NDMA formation in both drinking water and water reuse applications. A reverse osmosis (RO) pilot was also evaluated as part of the water reuse treatment train. Ozone/peroxide showed lower electrical energy per order of removal (EEO) values for TOrCs in surface water treatment, but the addition of hydrogen peroxide increased EEO values during wastewater treatment. TOrC oxidation was correlated to changes in UV254 absorbance and fluorescence offering a surrogate model for predicting contaminant removal. A decrease in N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) formation potential (after chloramination) was observed after treatment with ozone and ozone/peroxide. However, during spiking experiments with surface water, ozone/peroxide achieved limited destruction of NDMA, while in wastewaters net direct formation of NDMA of 6-33 ng/L was observed after either ozone or ozone/peroxide treatment. Once formed during ozonation, NDMA passed through the subsequent RO membranes, which highlights the significance of the potential for direct NDMA formation during oxidation in reuse applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-326
Number of pages11
JournalWater research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012


  • Advanced oxidation process (AOP)
  • Endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs)
  • N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)
  • Ozone
  • Ozone/hydrogen peroxide
  • Ozone/peroxide
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Trace organic contaminant (TOrC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecological Modeling
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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