MUSCAT, Oman — Researchers at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) are working on a project to remove organic compounds from desalinated water and treated wastewater, according to an article on muscatdaily.com.

The project uses advanced oxidation processes and nanotechnology to remove the organic compounds, the article reported.

“Increased development and industrial activity have resulted in the presence of many new organic compounds in our water resources which conventional treatment methods cannot remove," said Dr. Mahad Said Baawain, director, Center for Environmental Studies and Research, SQU. "Hence, advanced treatment methods have to be developed to remove such contaminants to protect public health and the environment.”

“Organic compounds in drinking water cause health issues, besides taste and odour problems," added Dr. Baawain. "Problems are similar in the case of treated wastewater.”

The project is being funded by The Research Council and will end in April 2014, the article noted.

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