Emerging disinfection technologies for water and wastewater treatment

IWA Disinfection, disinfection by-products, health risk, drinking water, wastewater

Target Audience

Water professionals from academia, industry, water utilities, and administration agencies, with special attention towards Young Water Professionals


This webinar is organized by the IWA Specialist Group (SG) of Disinfection and it is part of a webinar series focused on disinfection. More information about this SG is available here and the first episode of the webinar series is available here.

Disinfection is an essential procedure in drinking water and wastewater treatment and has an outstanding contribution to public health. Multiple disinfection technologies played important role in the great efforts to fight against global epidemics. Meanwhile, disinfectants react with natural or artificial organic matter to produce some toxic disinfection by-products (DBPs).

Meanwhile, hundreds of DBPs have been identified and detected in drinking water and wastewater since 1974. Low but significant associations between DBPs and adverse health effects have been demonstrated.

The recent challenges in the development of suitable and sustainable emerging disinfection technologies will be addressed in this webinar. Five renowned specialists both from academia and industry will present the following main processes:

  1. UV-LEDs-based systems
  2. Electro-pulse oxidation
  3. Electrochemical-based processes (electrochemical advanced oxidation/electrochlorination)
  4. Electrical-based techniques (Locally Enhanced Electric Field Treatment (LEEFT)), while the fifth talk will explore the recent advances in monitoring and control techniques for disinfection processes.

Learning Objectives

Following this session, participants will be able to understand:

  • the main principles of some emerging disinfection technologies;
  • the main advantages and drawbacks of some emerging disinfection technologies;
  • the practical use of some emerging disinfection technologies;


Additional Resources

Q&A report: TBA


Webinar on-demand:

Webinar presentation slides: download here.




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