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Maria Włodarczyk-Makuła, Agnieszka Popenda, Jolanta Kozak
Czestochowa University of Technology, Poland
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Abstract
The article presents the concentrations of selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in reject water during aerobic stabilization of sewage sludge process. The investigations were carried out in parallel for two samples i.e. for sewage sludge samples coming from a treatment of municipal wastewater treatment plant (control sample) and for mixture of municipal and industrial sludge. The aerobic stabilization process was carried out for 21 days. The concentration of 5-ring and 6-ring PAHs was determined at the beginning of the experiment (day 0) and in seven-day intervals: after 7, 14 and 21 days, respectively. The initial contents of PAHs was equal to 23 μg/L and 29.1 μg/L respectively in reject water from municipal and mixture sludge. During aerobic stabilization process the decrease in the concentration of studied PAHs in reject water was observed. At the end of carrying the aerobic stabilization process the decrease of the total concentration of PAHs achieved 78% in municipal reject water, whereas in coke reject water reached the value of 38%, respectively.

Keywords 
PAHs, reject water, municipal sewage sludge, coking sewage sludge, aerobic stabilization

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