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Three promising applications of microbial electrochemistry for the water sector

The potential applications of microbial electrochemistry are many; three promising ones are sensors, in situ bioremediation, and metal recovery.

Graphical abstract: Three promising applications of microbial electrochemistry for the water sector
Open Access Perspective

A proposed nomenclature for biological processes that remove nitrogen

A consistent terminology is proposed to resolve present inconsistencies and to facilitate distinct communication about biological nitrogen removal processes.

Graphical abstract: A proposed nomenclature for biological processes that remove nitrogen
Open Access Frontier

Emerging investigators series: sewer surveillance for monitoring antibiotic use and prevalence of antibiotic resistance: urban sewer epidemiology

Sewer surveillance may be a useful tool for epidemiology that would benefit from improved understanding of the fate of microbial agents and prescription antibiotics during conveyance in sewer systems.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: sewer surveillance for monitoring antibiotic use and prevalence of antibiotic resistance: urban sewer epidemiology
Open Access Critical Review

Review of the molluscicide metaldehyde in the environment

Understanding the occurrence, fate and mitigation of the potent molluscicide, metaldehyde in the aquatic environment is now a major concern.

Graphical abstract: Review of the molluscicide metaldehyde in the environment
Open Access Critical Review

Mining valuable minerals from seawater: a critical review

Methods of extracting valuable minerals from seawater and seawater brines generated in desalination plants are critically reviewed in this paper.

Graphical abstract: Mining valuable minerals from seawater: a critical review
Open Access Critical Review

A human exposome framework for guiding risk management and holistic assessment of recycled water quality

In this critical review, we propose that the “human exposome” concept provides guiding principles for water reuse risk management strategies.

Graphical abstract: A human exposome framework for guiding risk management and holistic assessment of recycled water quality
Open Access Critical Review

Characterising and understanding the impact of microbial biofilms and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix in drinking water distribution systems

Drinking water distribution systems (DWDS) contain complex microbial biofilm communities. Understanding the ecology of these biofilms is critical for effective management of DWDS infrastructure and maintenance of water quality.

Graphical abstract: Characterising and understanding the impact of microbial biofilms and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix in drinking water distribution systems
Open Access Paper

Achieving high-rate hydrogen recovery from wastewater using customizable alginate polymer gel matrices encapsulating biomass

Alginate encapsulation matrices selectively retained hydrogen producing biomass, achieving reliable high-rate production of hydrogen at various operating conditions.

Graphical abstract: Achieving high-rate hydrogen recovery from wastewater using customizable alginate polymer gel matrices encapsulating biomass
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Removal of antibiotic resistance genes in an anaerobic membrane bioreactor treating primary clarifier effluent at 20 °C

Antibiotic resistance genes are removed by anaerobic membrane bioreactors at 20 °C.

Graphical abstract: Removal of antibiotic resistance genes in an anaerobic membrane bioreactor treating primary clarifier effluent at 20 °C
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Whole metagenome sequencing of chlorinated drinking water distribution systems

This research highlights the potential of whole metagenome sequencing to help protect drinking water quality and safety.

Graphical abstract: Whole metagenome sequencing of chlorinated drinking water distribution systems
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Open Access Paper

Cellulose-based water purification using paper filters modified with polyelectrolyte multilayers to remove bacteria from water through electrostatic interactions

Bacteria are removed from contaminated waters through adsorption onto the modified cellulose fiber surface in paper filters with pores larger than the bacteria.

Graphical abstract: Cellulose-based water purification using paper filters modified with polyelectrolyte multilayers to remove bacteria from water through electrostatic interactions
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Integrated, multi-process approach to total nutrient recovery from stored urine

This research investigated an integrated, multi-process approach of struvite precipitation, ammonia stripping–acid absorption, and evaporation to recover NPK from stored urine.

Graphical abstract: Integrated, multi-process approach to total nutrient recovery from stored urine
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Metaldehyde removal from drinking water by adsorption onto filtration media: mechanisms and optimisation

Trace micropollutants should be removed during drinking water production without increasing the disinfection-by-product formation potential or energy demand of the treatment process.

Graphical abstract: Metaldehyde removal from drinking water by adsorption onto filtration media: mechanisms and optimisation
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Open Access Paper

Design and preliminary implementation of onsite electrochemical wastewater treatment and recycling toilets for the developing world

Self-contained toilet wastewater treatment system prototypes based on electrochemical oxidation of feces and urine using bi-layered semiconductor anodes ([Bi2O3]z[TiO2]1−z/IrxTayO2/Ti) have been designed, constructed, and implemented in regions where access to proper and sufficient sanitation is limited.

Graphical abstract: Design and preliminary implementation of onsite electrochemical wastewater treatment and recycling toilets for the developing world
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Open Access Paper

Impact of upstream chlorination on filter performance and microbial community structure of GAC and anthracite biofilters

Dechlorination in GAC biofilters leads to greater bioactivity and growth of a diverse microbial community.

Graphical abstract: Impact of upstream chlorination on filter performance and microbial community structure of GAC and anthracite biofilters
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Propidium monoazide pretreatment on a 3D-printed microfluidic device for efficient PCR determination of ‘live versus dead’ microbial cells

A microfluidic chip for differentiating live versus dead cells was designed and tested experimentally with lab and environmental samples.

Graphical abstract: Propidium monoazide pretreatment on a 3D-printed microfluidic device for efficient PCR determination of ‘live versus dead’ microbial cells
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Effects of ortho- and polyphosphates on lead speciation in drinking water

Polyphosphates may increase lead solubility via complexation, but the risk is not well characterized. Size-exclusion chromatography with multi-element detection could help determine the prevalence of lead-polyphosphate complexes in drinking water.

Graphical abstract: Effects of ortho- and polyphosphates on lead speciation in drinking water
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Open Access Paper

Partial renewal of granular activated carbon biofilters for improved drinking water treatment

There is a trend of increasing natural organic matter (NOM) in raw drinking waters of Nordic countries due to climate change.

Graphical abstract: Partial renewal of granular activated carbon biofilters for improved drinking water treatment
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Open Access Paper

Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing in the UK: assessing the viability and cost of management

Mounds of salt recovered during treatment of wastewaters from hydraulic fracturing in the USA.

Graphical abstract: Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing in the UK: assessing the viability and cost of management
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Open Access Paper

Independent validation and regulatory agency approval for high rate algal ponds to treat wastewater from rural communities

This is the first validation of a HRAP accepted by a regulatory agency and resulted in the system being incorporated into the South Australian Community Wastewater Management Scheme – as depicted.

Graphical abstract: Independent validation and regulatory agency approval for high rate algal ponds to treat wastewater from rural communities
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Characterization of urea hydrolysis in fresh human urine and inhibition by chemical addition

This research tested acids, metals, and fluoride as inhibitors for urea hydrolysis in both real and synthetic, fresh human urine.

Graphical abstract: Characterization of urea hydrolysis in fresh human urine and inhibition by chemical addition
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Long-term assessment of six-stacked scaled-up MFCs treating swine manure with different electrode materials

Evaluation of different electrode materials in stacked scaled-up MFCs for swine manure treatment to move the technology towards application.

Graphical abstract: Long-term assessment of six-stacked scaled-up MFCs treating swine manure with different electrode materials
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The microbial colonization of activated carbon block point-of-use (PoU) filters with and without chlorinated phenol disinfection by-products

Activated carbon based point-of-use drinking water filters change the bacterial community structure and increase the absolute abundance of genera, including those associated with opportunistic pathogens.

Graphical abstract: The microbial colonization of activated carbon block point-of-use (PoU) filters with and without chlorinated phenol disinfection by-products
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Effect of hydraulic retention time and substrate availability in denitrifying bioelectrochemical systems

This paper evaluates the influence of HRT and nitrate content on denitrifying BES.

Graphical abstract: Effect of hydraulic retention time and substrate availability in denitrifying bioelectrochemical systems
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Open Access Paper

Virus inactivation in stored human urine, sludge and animal manure under typical conditions of storage or mesophilic anaerobic digestion

Viruses represent major disease transmitting agents carried by human excreta and animal manure.

Graphical abstract: Virus inactivation in stored human urine, sludge and animal manure under typical conditions of storage or mesophilic anaerobic digestion
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Removal rates and energy demand of the electrochemical oxidation of ammonia and organic substances in real stored urine

Galvanostatic electrolysis of real stored urine leads to a fast removal of ammonia and organic substances by indirect oxidation. However, this comes with a price: high energy needs and harmful byproducts.

Graphical abstract: Removal rates and energy demand of the electrochemical oxidation of ammonia and organic substances in real stored urine
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Pharmaceutical removal in synthetic human urine using biochar

This research addresses the potential for biochar to remove pharmaceuticals from synthetic urine, thereby allowing the treated urine to be used as a contaminant-free nutrient product.

Graphical abstract: Pharmaceutical removal in synthetic human urine using biochar
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Case study: the crude MCHM chemical spill investigation and recovery in West Virginia USA

Several recent chemical spills have caused large-scale drinking water contamination incidents in Canada and the USA.

Graphical abstract: Case study: the crude MCHM chemical spill investigation and recovery in West Virginia USA
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Evaluation of pollutant removal efficiency of a bioretention basin and implications for stormwater management in tropical cities

Field-scale bioretention basin performance in treating a full suite of nutrients is critically evaluated in the data-scarce tropics.

Graphical abstract: Evaluation of pollutant removal efficiency of a bioretention basin and implications for stormwater management in tropical cities
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Human health trade-offs in the disinfection of wastewater for landscape irrigation: microplasma ozonation vs. chlorination

Microplasma ozonation provided more human health protection than chlorination for irrigational water reuse disinfection.

Graphical abstract: Human health trade-offs in the disinfection of wastewater for landscape irrigation: microplasma ozonation vs. chlorination
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Open Access Paper

Fate of microplastics and other small anthropogenic litter (SAL) in wastewater treatment plants depends on unit processes employed

The accumulation of microplastics (plastic particles less than 5 mm) and similarly sized small anthropogenic litter (SAL; e.g., cellulosic products manufactured from natural material) in aquatic ecosystems is a growing concern.

Graphical abstract: Fate of microplastics and other small anthropogenic litter (SAL) in wastewater treatment plants depends on unit processes employed
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Evaluation of electron donors for biological perchlorate removal highlights the importance of diverse perchlorate-reducing populations

Electron donors tested for biological treatment of perchlorate-contaminated groundwater highlight the importance of diverse perchlorate-reducing populations for contaminant removal.

Graphical abstract: Evaluation of electron donors for biological perchlorate removal highlights the importance of diverse perchlorate-reducing populations
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Emerging investigators series: microbial communities in full-scale drinking water distribution systems – a meta-analysis

In this study, we co-analyze all available 16S rRNA gene sequencing studies from bulk drinking water samples in full-scale drinking water distribution systems.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: microbial communities in full-scale drinking water distribution systems – a meta-analysis
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Cost-effectiveness and community impacts of two urine-collection programs in rural South Africa

The cost-effectiveness of two different urine-collection programs in South Africa are modelled over a range of parameters and are interpreted from the perspective of both the municipality and the community.

Graphical abstract: Cost-effectiveness and community impacts of two urine-collection programs in rural South Africa
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Emerging investigators series: pyrolysis removes common microconstituents triclocarban, triclosan, and nonylphenol from biosolids

Pyrolysis could be used as a biosolids processing step that reduces the amount of organic microconstituents discharged to the environment with residual biosolids.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: pyrolysis removes common microconstituents triclocarban, triclosan, and nonylphenol from biosolids
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Survey of green building water systems reveals elevated water age and water quality concerns

Widespread adoption of innovative water conservation strategies has potential unintended consequences for aesthetics and public health.

Graphical abstract: Survey of green building water systems reveals elevated water age and water quality concerns
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Effect of sewage sludge type on the partitioning behaviour of pharmaceuticals: a meta-analysis

Understanding the partitioning behaviour of active pharmaceutical ingredients between sludge and aqueous phases in wastewater treatment plants is important for environmental regulation.

Graphical abstract: Effect of sewage sludge type on the partitioning behaviour of pharmaceuticals: a meta-analysis
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