Enhancing biological stability of drinking water by membrane treatment

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Distribution of potable water without any residual disinfectant eliminates DBP (disinfectant-byproduct formation) and maximizes consumer satisfaction in terms of taste and odor. However, biological stability, i.e. unobjectionable levels of microbial and  invertebrate organisms, is to be maintained in the distribution network. Hereto, the drinking water treatment is to achieve production of potable water characterized by a low microbial growth potential (MGP), i.e., low in nutrients (e.g. organic compounds of natural origin) and other growth-promotors (e.g. biomass, particulate matter). Ultrafiltration and capillary nanofiltration membrane treatment have potential in addressing this challenge in surface water treatment. This constitutes a novel application of these existing technologies.