In the very near future, the water reclamation industry will have to address an entirely new family of pollutants, manufactured nanomaterials. Manufactured nanomaterials are extremely small in size (1–100 nm in at least one dimension), are potentially highly reactive, and are often manipulated at the molecular level to generate “new” types of compounds. In recent years, more than 1,000 everyday products containing nanomaterials have been introduced into the market. The project obtains preliminary information on the fate and impact of manufactured nanomaterials in three key water reclamation unit processes (biological treatment, media filtration, and disinfection).
Originally funded as WERF project Reuse-07-04.