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Variability analysis of pathogen and indicator loads from urban sewer systems along a river

Johan Åström (Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Vatten Miljö Teknik ; DRICKS Ramprogrammet för dricksvattenforskning vid Chalmers) ; Thomas J. R. Pettersson (Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Vatten Miljö Teknik) ; Thor Axel Stenström ; Olof Bergstedt (Extern ; Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Vatten Miljö Teknik)
Water Science and Technology (0273-1223). Vol. 59 (2009), 2, p. 203-212.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

The pathogen loads within surface waters originating from urban wastewater sources needs to be assessed to support drinking water risk estimations and optimal selection of risk reduction measures. Locally reported discharges from sewer systems (>100,000 persons connected) were used to simulate the potential microbial loads into the Gota alv river, Sweden. Using Monte Carlo simulations, the median and 95% percentile (i.e. worst case) of total microbial load from wastewater treatment plants, sewer network overflows and emergency discharges were assessed and presented for dry and wet weather conditions. Wastewater treatment plants with secondary treatment represented a major source of E. coli, norovirus, Giardia and Cryptosporidium. During wet weather, comparably high microbial loads were found for sewer overflows due to heavy rains. Substantial loads were also associated with an incident of the emergency discharge of untreated wastewater. Simulated river water concentrations of faecal indicators (E. coli, sulfite reducing clostridia, somatic coliphages) and pathogens (norovirus, Giardia, Cryptosporidium) were confirmed by river sampling data, suggesting that urban wastewater is the major microbial source for this river.

Nyckelord: CSO, drinking water, emergency discharge, microbial load, pathogen, risk reduction options, sewer overflows, wastewater



Denna post skapades 2009-02-03. Senast ändrad 2014-02-04.
CPL Pubid: 89531

 

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