Formation of disinfection by-products: Effect of temperature and kinetic modeling

Xiao Lu Zhang, Hong Wei Yang, Xiao Mao Wang, Jing Fu, Yuefeng F. Xie

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The temperature of drinking water fluctuates naturally in water distribution systems as well as often deliberately heated for household or public uses. In this study, the temperature effect on the formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) was investigated by monitoring the temporal variations of twenty-one DBPs during the chlorination of a humic precursors-containing water at different temperatures. It was found that chloroform, DCAA, TCAA, DCAN and CH were detected at the considerable level of tens of μgL-1. The three regulated DBPs (chloroform, DCAA and TCAA) were found increasing with both contact time and water temperature, while the five typical emerging DBPs (DCAN, CH, TCNM 1,1-DCPN and 1,1,1-TCPN) revealed the significant auto-decomposition in addition to the initial growth in the first few hours. Increasing water temperature could enhance the formation rates of all the eight detected DBPs and the decomposition rates of the five emerging DBPs. Further, a kinetic model was developed for the simulation of DBP formation. The validity and universality of the model were verified by its excellent correlation with the detected values of each DBP species at various temperatures. The formation rates of 1,1-DCPN and 1,1,1-TCPN, and the decomposition rate of 1,1,1-TCPN were faster as compared to the other DBPs. And the formation reaction activation energies of CH, DCAN and 1,1-DCPN were relatively large, indicating that their occurrence levels in the finished water were more susceptible to temperature variations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)634-639
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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