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Removal of Organic Content and Color from Secondary Treated Wastewater in Reference with Toxic Potential of Ozone During Ozonation

Smriti Tripathi1, Devendra Mani Tripathi2 and B D Tripathi1*
1Centre for Environmental Science & Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 221005, India
2Pollution Ecology Research Laboratory, CAS Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005, India
Corresponding Author : Dr. B D Tripathi
Centre for Environmental Science & Technology
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P, 221005, India
E-mail: [email protected]
Received November 28, 2010; Accepted March 01, 2011; Published April 22, 2011
Citation: Tripathi BD, Tripathi DM (2011) Removal of Organic Content and Color from Secondary Treated Wastewater in Reference with Toxic Potential of Ozone during Ozonation. Hydrol Current Res 2:111. doi: 10.4172/2157-7587.1000111
Copyright: © 2011 Tripathi BD, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Present study was conducted to evaluate the impact of ozonation on the quality improvement of Secondary Treated wastewater at Varanasi, in India. Physico- chemical parameters such as BOD, COD, TOC, UV254, color and microbiological parameters such as E. coli, fecal coli. & total coliform disinfection parameters were used to evaluate the efficiency of ozone to upgrade secondary effluent quality. Experimental results revealed that 10 mgL-1 O3 for 5 minutes exposure duration was found most suitable dose and contact time for the significant reduction of physicochemical parameters of secondary treated wastewater such as BOD, COD, TOC, UV254 and color i.e. 30%, 14.3% 45% & 60% respectively as well as it enhanced the biodegradability more than 50% in the treated water. Our data also revealed that this applied dose and exposure time is responsible for the highest degradation of microbiological parameters i.e. >98%. Other than this the toxic response of test species was influenced mainly by the dose and exposure time. The acute toxic effect after ozonation was observed on V. fischeri and found that toxic effect of the secondary effluent was decreased after applied dose and exposure duration. Results supported the expectation that the process of Ozone might enhance the overall treatment efficiency of secondary effluent treatment.

Ozonation; Biodegradable organic carbon; Secondary treated wastewater; Physico-chemical Properties; Toxicity
Water is considered to be the most import pillar of modern civilization in all aspect of life so the presence of harmful organic compounds and pathogenic microorganisms in the water increases the magnitude of water pollution on human health and livelihoods [1-4]. The increasing pressures of wastewater discharge on water supplies and the shortage of water resources, more and more attentions have been paid on the proper treatment of wastewater [5-7].
The conventional and advanced treatment processes (i.e. microfiltration (MF) or ultra-filtration (UF) technology) are well known but due to large land occupation, complicated operation, sophisticated management and its higher cost cannot be widely used [7-9]. Growing concerns about the environment have resulted in the development of new environment friendly higher treatment efficiency and cost effective technologies, to minimize the problem of wastewater [7,10,11].
Now a day ozone is used worldwide and has been largely applied in the treatment of wastewater [12]. Ozone, a highly oxidative agent, react directly or via a hydroxyl radical mechanism results into the reduction of organic content with increase of biodegrability of natural organic matter and the efficient inactivation of a wide range of microorganisms [6,13-15]. Ozonation has been used to meet discharge requirements for coliform and virus inactivation since the 1970s [16]. Frequent Ozonation for treatment of wastewater and drinking water is due to its ability to oxidize complex organic molecules, phenols, Endocrine Disruptive Chemicals (EDCs) and pharmaceuticals [17-21]. In combination of microbial disinfection make ozonation an attractive alternative for advanced wastewater treatment [22].
Earlier, corona discharge was the main source for the generation of Ozone, which requires much higher resource and economy for the treatment of water with ozone. So, it was limited to certain areas viz UV lights for the drinking water treatment. Due to aforesaid reasons it was not only feasible for treatment of municipal sewage. Recent ozone generation techniques viz UV lights require lower energy consequently; costs are also reduced making the field application of Ozonation economically viable [23,24].

In order to estimate the overall environmental impact of ozonated wastewaters, several studies have been conducted incorporating bioassays along with physicochemical and microbiological determinations [25].

testing provides an overall direct estimation of the environmental hazard of effluents, by the exposure of selected test species on the respective samples and the determination of certain end-points, such as lethal effect, growth ability, etc. Therefore, bioassays consist of an attractive and promising alternative and can be performed supplementary to chemical determinations for the assessment of the environmental impact of effluents the corresponding results were variable and depended on both the nature of the test and the aquatic sample characteristics [26-28] indicated that the toxic responses of ozonated secondary effluents on the survival and reproduction of Ceriodaphnia dubia were site-specific and presented seasonal variation (ozonation conditions: 1-3 mgL-1 ozone dose for 10 min., followed by 5 min. of residual ozone exposure). Similar results have been reported by Monarca et al. [20], who studied the effect of ozonated secondary effluents (at specific optimized ozonation conditions concerning certain microbiological parameters) on bacteria Vibrio fischeri. Nakamuro et al. [21], Ono et al. [22] and Takanashi et al. [24] found that ozone treatment was effective for the removal of waste or surface water mutagen precursors. India has emerged as a fast developing nation resulting rapid industrialization and urbanization. This has imposed a serious threat of water pollution manifold and renders the effluent unsuitable for disposal into surface water stream [3]. Although numerous workers have reported about the positive impact of ozonation on treatment of secondary effluent [7,31,32]. However, in tropical cities especially in India there is lack of study on toxic potential of ozone during ozonation of secondary effluent.

Henceforth, present study was conducted with the following objectives:
a.) To treat organic components of the wastewater using ozonation
b.) To treat microbial biomass present in the wastewater using ozonation
c.) To examine the toxic properties of secondary effluents before and after ozonation.
Materials and Methods
Study area
Present study was conducted in Varanasi city (820 15' E to 830 30' E and 240 35' N to 250 30' N). It was estimated that approximately 275 million liters per day (MLD) wastewater is generated in the city out of which only 122 MLD is treated and remaining 153 MLD untreated wastewater is discharged into the river Ganga. Three sewage treatment plants are established in the city, located at Dinapur, Bhagwanpur and Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) with the treatment capacities of 100 MLD, 12 MLD and 10 MLD respectively. These treatment plants utilize conventional Activated Sludge Process for the treatment. Secondary treated sewage from Bhagwanpur Sewage Treatment Plant was used in this study. The secondary effluent is alkaline in nature and contains high amount of organic content.
Sample collection
Samples were collected in plastic containers from the effluent channel and transferred to the laboratory, preserved and stored for further analytical determinations and treatment. Biological activity such as microbial respiration, chemical activity such as precipitation or pH change, and physical activity such as aeration or high temperature must be kept to a minimum. The length of time that a constituent in wastewater will remain stable was related to the character of the constituent and the preservation method used [25,26].
Experimental Unit
The experimental set-up of the ozonation process is depicted in Figure 1. Ozonation experiments were performed in a laboratory batch column reactor, consisted of a 200 cm height cylindrical tube with a 4 cm internal diameter. A Schott ceramic porous diffuser (porosity 4, 10- 16 mm) was placed in the bottom of the reactor for ozone distribution. Compressed, dried atmospheric air, at a flow rate of 3 Lmin.-1, was used for the production of ozone by an ozone generator (Model HINDCO). Ozone concentration in the gas phase was measured using the iodometric method [25]. The concentration of ozone in the feed gas was determined prior to the experiments and 2.0 mg/L - 15.0 mg/L ozone dosages were applied. The applied ozone dose was higher, as compared to the transferred ozone dose, implying that the used iodometric method was rather inaccurate for the determination of transferred ozone dose, especially when high ozone doses for long durations were fed into the reactor [32]. Therefore, the applied ozone dose was used for reporting the results of this study. All experiments were performed at room temperature using 1 L sample applying the respective reaction contact times of 2 to 20 min. The sample was aerated for 5 min. to remove residual ozone (removal was confirmed by residual ozone measurements) to avoid the toxic effect of dissolved ozone on the effluents.
Analytical Methods
Physicochemical parameters
Secondary effluent and treated samples were subjected to certain common analytical determinations, including biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), total organic carbon (TOC), color and UV254.
The concentration of ozone was monitored with the two methods. The absolute ozone amount in the inlet and outlet gas streams was determined with titration method [25] using Potassium Iodide and Na2S2O3. The residual ozone in liquid phase was directly determined at 258 nm using a Shimadzu UV spectrophotometer. The absorbance values for ozone were converted in concentration units using a molar absorption coefficient for ozone 3000M-1cm-1. The comparison of the above two methods indicated that they had the same precision. Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and color were determined with closed reflux micro methods and Pt-Co standard colorimetric method, respectively. For Color estimation a series of Pt-Co color standard solutions were prepared and determined consequently using UV spectrophotometer at 420 nm. Then, a linear regression equation of absorbance against color was obtained: Y = 0.0004X + 0.0021 with an R2 of 0.9998. (Y is the absorbance and X is the color value. The valid range of color was recorded between 0 to 100°).
UV254 was determined with Shimadzu UV spectrophotometer. For TOC determination samples were filtered through 0.45 µm membrane. After determining the initial TOC samples were kept at 20°C for 5 days to analyze the Biodegradable Organic Carbon (BDOC). After 5 days incubation at 20°C the samples were again filtered using 0.45 µm membrane. The difference between initial and final values of TOC was considered as the BDOC of the water, while the turbidity of the samples was measured using a turbidity meter (Lab-Vis, Aqualytic). Other parameters such as temperature, dissolved Oxygen (DO) and pH were analyzed using standard methods described in APHA, 2005.
Microbiological parameters
These samples were also examined for microbiological analysis. Total coliforms, fecal coliforms, and E. coli, were analyzed using the method of the Most Probable Number [26].
Samples concentration procedure
Treated and untreated samples of 2 L distilled water were concentrated by adsorption on C18 cartridges for the V. fischeri acute toxicity test, according to method 525.2 [25]. The wastewater sample of 2L was filtered through 0.45 mm cellulose membrane filter and acidified at pH 2 by addition of 6 N HCl solutions [25]. After that samples were passed through appropriate tri functional C18 cartridges (Sep-pak Plus tC18 Environmental Cartridges, Waters, 0.9 g), pre-activated by organic solvents, in the following order: 5 mL ethyl acetate (Merck), 5 mL methylene chloride (Panreac), 10 mL methanol (Merck) and 10 mL distilled water. Consecutively, the cartridges were eluted by 5 mL of ethyl acetate followed by 5mL of methylene chloride. Finally, 1 mL of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO, Merck) was added for solvent exchanging and the eluate was concentrated to the final volume of 1 mL in a slightly warm water bath, under a gentle stream of nitrogen.
Toxicity testing
The toxicity of concentrated wastewater samples were evaluated using the marine luminescence bacteria V. fischeri originally in freezedried form and activated prior to use by the appropriate reconstitution solution. In addition, a control sample of DMSO was examined for toxic effects against V. fischeri, at concentrations corresponding to those of tested wastewater samples. For the examination of each concentrated sample toxicity by Microtox, various dilutions of each matrix were prepared by using the appropriate quantities of a 22% NaCl Osmotic Adjustment Solution (OAS), provided by SDI, for salinity adjustment to 2% according to the standard Microtox Protocol procedure. The ICF50 values (concentration factor of sample that caused 50% inhibition on the bioluminescence of test organism) were calculated.
Data analysis
Descriptive statistics and correlation analysis were carried out using the SPSS 16 software.
Results and Discussion
Degradation of organic content from the secondary treated wastewater
The degradation of organic content from the secondary treated wastewater by Ozonation processes was studied for six months. The results are shown in Figure 3. During present experiment about 25- 30% reduction in COD values has been recorded.
The original TOC of the secondary treated wastewater ranged from 15-20 mgL-1 (Figure 4). Ozonation has revealed an enhancement of 14.3% over the initial value of the TOC.
The removal of UV254 and color of the secondary treated wastewater are shown in Figure 5 and Figure 6 respectively. The UV254 represents the organic matters with C=C, C=O structures, which have strong absorbance at 254 nm. Examples are phenolic, poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), aromatic ketone, and aromatic aldehyde etc. In general, these compounds have phenyl structures. Ozonation efficiently removes 45% UV254 and 60% color. This is clear from the result that C=C, C=O structural groups of organics are destroyed by Ozone. Therefore, from present experiment it is proved that Ozonation increases the removal rate of UV254 and color from the wastewater.
Effect of ozonation on biodegradability of the secondary treated wastewater
Effect of ozone on microorganism in ozonized secondary effluen
Microbiological analysis was performed on the ozone-disinfected samples for the determination of biological factors and the results are presented in Table 1, for the two different ozone dosages (5.0, 10.0 and 15.0 mg O3/L respectively). The completed ozonation assays indicated that there was a significant increase in total coliform and E. coli. inactivation when the dosage was increased and the contact time did not have a significant effect on total coliform and E. coli. inactivation. The differences between the mean inactivation values were statistically significant (P = 0.05) which verified that a lower dosage can achieve almost the same results.
The present study reveals that, Total Coliform, Fecal Coliform and E.Coli. were substantially removed around 98% after disinfection of samples, using an ozone concentration of 10.0 mg O3/L for 5 min exposure time as shown in Table 1.
Effect of ozonation on pH and Temperature of the Secondary treated wastewater
The pH of the secondary effluent slightly increases and no significant effect was found on the temperature. pH and temperature values in secondary treated wastewater also influences the removal of pollutants [28-31] present investigation revealed that the optimum temperature and higher pH values favor the oxidation of organic content. Low temperature may increase Ozone solubility and beneficial for production of hydroxyl radicals. However, it decreases the reaction rate. Higher pH values can stimulate Ozone to self-decompose and generate more hydroxyl radicals.
Effect of ozone on test organism in secondary effluent
The investigation of toxicity of concentrated samples towards bacteria V. fischeri was considered as an indirect method for estimating chronic toxicity. The time exposure was 2 min - 10 min, in order to evaluate the effect of exposure time on the response of bacteria. The toxic response after 5 min. exposure and the corresponding 0.05 level of significance are depicted in Figure 8. The results are expressed as ICF50, which is the concentration factor of a sample that caused 50% inhibition of the emitted bioluminescence of the bacteria. The initial concentration factor of each sample was 2000, since 2000 mL were concentrated to the final volume of 1 mL. The bacteria were exposed to several dilutions of each concentrated sample and the ICF50 values were calculated by the obtained dose-response curves. A control sample of distilled water was treated exactly as the tested samples, in order to investigate the potential positive toxic effects due to applied pre-concentration procedure. The control sample did not show any toxic effect at the examined concentrations. As shown in Figure 8, the toxicity of ozonated samples depended mainly on ozone dose and exposure time. In general, toxicity reduction was observed only at low ozone doses, whereas the application of higher ozone doses resulted in slight increase of toxicity. The ICF50 of raw secondary effluent was 75 and was increased to about 140 after ozonation with 2.5 mgL-1 of O3 for 10 min. An increase of ozone dose to values higher than 2.5 mgL-1 resulted in the augmentation of toxic response of bacteria for short periods of processing. However, prolonged ozonation process induced stabilization of toxic responses to ICF50 values higher than the corresponding values of raw effluent. The ICF50 of samples ozonated for 5 min. using 10.0 mgL-1 of O3 was about 36 at 5 min exposure time and increased to about 78 after 10 min. of reaction time. The results revealed that the toxicity of ozone in the wastewater does not increase significantly at the provide ozone dose of 10.0 mgL-1 at the contact time of 5 min.
In general, the toxicity results of this study implied the formation of intermediate ozonation products that induced inhibition of bacteria luminescence; these intermediate products depended strongly on ozonation conditions. In addition, it can be concluded that low ozone doses and prolonged ozonation caused reduction of toxicity. Results obtained from other studies are rather conflicting and indicate that ozonation may either increase or decrease the toxicity of samples. Monarca et al. [20] found that toxicity modification of ozonated urban wastewaters depended significantly upon the characteristics of the raw samples. The toxicity of summer samples was increased after ozonation (ICF50 was decreased), whereas the toxicity of winter samples was significantly decreased (4-5-fold ICF50 increase) after ozonation using similar treatment conditions. In this study, it is shown that the treatment conditions influenced the toxicity of ozonated samples, possibly as a result of the formation of by-products. Indeed, a toxicity increase was observed in certain samples, although a reduction was observed in the values of the physicochemical parameters. The toxic effects of high ozone doses could be attributed to by-products that might be formed during the reaction of ozone with the residual pollutants, presented in the reclaimed wastewaters in trace concentrations [33]. It should be also stressed that although almost complete removal of the microorganisms was achieved and high removal rate of certain pollutants were observed, when using the highest ozone dose, the reclaimed water might cause significant adverse effects on aquatic life, according to the results of these bioassays.
Present study revealed that at the applied ozone dose of 10 mgL-1 for 5 min. shows a significant reduction in physico-chemical parameter and biological biomass from secondary treated wastewater. The physico-chemical parameters include COD, TOC, UV254, and color shows a reduction of 30%, 15%, 45% and 60% respectively and biological biomass of E. Coli, Total coliform and E. coli reduced upto >99%. Results also show that at this ozone dose and exposure duration ozonation can enhance the biodegradability of the secondary effluent by improving BDOC value about 45-50%. The study of toxicity of pre-concentrated samples showed that the applied ozone dose and exposure duration doesn't increase the toxicity in the secondary treated wastewater. Thus in totality according to the present study Ozone exposure indicates quality improvement of the secondary treated municipal wastewater.
The authors are thankful to CEST (Centre for Environmental Science and Technology), Banaras
Hindu University, Varanasi-221005, for providing facilities for the study.

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