Department of Water Engineering and Technology, Riga Technical University, Azenes street 16/20-263, LV-1048, Riga, Latvia
Received: 23 Feb 2012 – Discussion started: 20 Mar 2012
Abstract. The addition of labile organic carbon (LOC) to enhance the biodegradation rate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in biological columns was studied. Acetate standard solution (NaAc) and Luria Bertrani (LB) medium were used as LOC as biostimulants in glass column system used for measurements of biodegradable dissolved organic carbon (BDOC). The addition of LOC related with the increase of total DOC in sample. The concentration of BDOC increased up to 7 and 5 times and was utilized after 24 min. contact time. The biodegradation rate constant was increased at least 26 times during adaptation-biostimulation period. There was a strong positive correlation between the biodegradation rate constant and the concentration of BDOC. Biostimulation period ranged from 24 to 53 h for NaAc biostimulant and from 20 to 168 h for LB. The study has shown that LOC could be used as stimulator to enhance the biodegradation rate of DOC during biofiltration.
Revised: 15 Jun 2012 – Accepted: 18 Jun 2012 – Published: 10 Jul 2012
Tihomirova, K., Briedis, A., Rubulis, J., and Juhna, T.: Effect of biostimulation on biodegradation of dissolved organic carbon in biological filters, Drink. Water Eng. Sci., 5, 23-29, doi:10.5194/dwes-5-23-2012, 2012.