Norfloxacin-induced effect on enhanced biological phosphorus removal from wastewater after long-term exposure.

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Journal of hazardous materials, 2020, 392, pp. 122336
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In this study, long-term experiments were performed under synthetic wastewater conditions to evaluated the potential impacts of norfloxacin (NOR) (10, 100 and 500 μg/L) on enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR). Experimental result showed that long-term exposure to 10 μg/L NOR induced negligible effects on phosphorus removal. The presence of 100 μg/L NOR slightly decreased phosphorus removal efficiency to 94.41 ± 1.59 %. However, when NOR level further increased to 500 μg/L, phosphorus removal efficiency was significantly decreased from 97.96 ± 0.8 5% (control) to 82.33 ± 3.07 %. The mechanism study revealed that the presence of 500 μg/L NOR inhibited anaerobic phosphorus release and acetate uptake as well as aerobic phosphorus uptake during long-term exposure. It was also found that 500 μg/L NOR exposure suppressed the activity of key enzymes related to phosphorus removal but promoted the transformations of intracellular polyhydroxyalkanoate and glycogen. Microbial analysis revealed that that the presence of 500 μg/L NOR reduced the abundances of polyphosphate accumulating organisms but increased glycogen accumulating organisms, as compared the control.
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