Rapid and strong biocidal effect of ferrate on sulfidogenic and methanogenic sewer biofilms

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Author(s)

  • Xiaofang Yan
  • Jing Sun
  • Ahezhuoli Kenjiahan
  • Xiaohu Dai
  • Bing-Jie Ni

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number115208
Journal / PublicationWater Research
Volume169
Online published18 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

For the control of sulfide and methane in sewers, it is favorable to reduce their production rather than to remove them after generation. In this study, we revealed rapid and strong biocidal effect of ferrate (Fe(VI)) on sulfidogenic and methanogenic sewer biofilms, leading to control of sulfide and methane production in sewer. The inactivation of the microorganisms in sewer biofilms by Fe(VI) could be accomplished within 15 min for a single dosing event and the biocidal effect could be enhanced by applying pulse dosing strategy. The microbiological analysis showed that the key functional genes involved in sulfide and methane production, i.e. dsrA and mcrA, in the viable cells after Fe(VI) dosing were decreased substantially by 84.2% and 86.6%, respectively. Significant drops were also observed in the relative abundances of viable sulfide reducing bacteria (SRB) and methanogenic archaea (MA). The direct dosing of Fe(VI) into a sewer reactor led to instant and complete suppression of sulfidogenic and methanogenic activities, and the recovery of the activities resembled the regrowth of residual SRB and MA. The results of this study suggested the feasibility for developing an efficient and cost-effective sulfide and methane control strategy using Fe(VI). © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Biocidal effect, Ferrate, Methanogenic archaea, Sewer biofilm, Sulfate-reducing bacteria

Citation Format(s)

Rapid and strong biocidal effect of ferrate on sulfidogenic and methanogenic sewer biofilms. / Yan, Xiaofang; Sun, Jing; Kenjiahan, Ahezhuoli et al.
In: Water Research, Vol. 169, 115208, 01.02.2020.

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