Importance of Bromine-Substituted DBP’s in Drinking Water


Significant fractions of bromine-substituted disinfection byproducts (DBPs)—particularly trihalomethanes (THMs)— have been observed to form during treatment of water from the Missouri River. THM speciation was also noted to follow a seasonal pattern during a 2.5-year period, during which samples were collected multiple times per month. Although some treatment processes were effective at reducing the chloroform formation potential, no treatment used at this utility significantly reduced the formation of the three bromine-substituted THM species. Using chloramination rather than free chlorination for secondary disinfection, however, was effective at limiting increases in the concentration of all four regulated THM species in the distribution system.

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L. Wulff, E. Inniss and T. Clevenger, "Importance of Bromine-Substituted DBP’s in Drinking Water," Journal of Water Resource and Protection, Vol. 5 No. 8A, 2013, pp. 28-34. doi: 10.4236/jwarp.2013.58A004.

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