Identification of organic disinfection byproduct precursors, Waterhen Water Treatment Plant

There are about 180 public water treatment plants in Manitoba relying on surface water with high organic content as their source of supply. Organic carbon in the water reacts with chlorine during water disinfection. This reaction forms carcinogenic compounds w hich pose a health risk for people consuming the water. The Waterhen water treatment plant is an example of typical Manitoba treatment plant that is suffering from high organic carbon resulting in high concentrations of these carcinogenic byproducts. Experiments will be conducted to evaluate the types of organic compounds in the water and to evaluate their removal throughout the Waterhen plant. Improving the removal of these compounds w ill improve the overall quality of water and health in the region.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Beata Gorczyca


Charles Goss




Engineering - civil


Environmental industry


University of Manitoba



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