The Effectiveness of Total Organic Carbon (TOC) as the Defining Test for Wastewater Treatment Plants

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As urban communities continue to grow, wastewater treatment facilities must grow with them. To meet the demands of the 21st century, quicker, more accurate testing with fewer sources of error must be employed. Traditionally, carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand (CBOD) has been the defining test to determine the efficiency of wastewater treatment. However, this technique has limitations. This paper examines those issues and addresses how Total Organic Carbon (TOC) testing can enhance and someday replace CBOD as the defining test for wastewater treatment plants with its ability to point out contamination in five minutes as opposed to five days.

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