S & R IAU Researcher Purifies Water Using Freshwater Mussels

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 13:40

A researcher from Islamic Azad University, Science and Research branch, has investigated a way of removing dissolved organic contaminants from water through using freshwater mussels as living filters, or “biofilters”, in a variety of settings.

According to an ISCA report, the researcher, Reza Ranjbar stated that Iran requires new methods of water treatment to supply its needs and reduce the surface water pollution so based on the previous studies, mussels play an important role in the removal of suspended particulate matter in river ecosystems.

As he said, freshwater mussels are filter feeders, removing phytoplankton and other suspended particulate matter from the water. The removal of suspended matter from water is often considered desirable in order to develop drinking water treatment.

Ranjbar noted that this is the first time that freshwater mussels have been tested in a closed water purification systems and exposed to several types of pollutants.

Led by Fariborz ehteshami and Farshid Pajoum Shariati, the research was carried out by Reza Ranjbar to reduce energy consumption and costs of wastewater treatment process as well.

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