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Received December 26, 2002,Revised March 30, 2003, Accepted , Available online

Volume 16,2004,Pages 247-251

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The effect of seawater salinity on nitrite accumulation in short-range nitrification to nitrite as the end productwas studied by using a SBR. Experimental results indicated that the growth of nitrobacteria was inhibited and veryhigh levels of nitrite accumulation at different salinities were achieved under the conditions of 25-28 ℃, pH 7.5-8.0, and the influent ammonia nitrogen of 40-70 mg/L when seawater flow used to flush toilet was less than 35%(salinity 12393 mg/L, Cl- 6778 mg/L) of total domestic wastewater flow, which is mainly ascribed to much highchlorine concentration of seawater. Results showed that high seawater salinity is available for short-range nitrificationto nitrite as the end product. When the seawater flow used to flush toilet accounting for above 70% of the totaldomestic wastewater flow, the removal efficiency of ammonia was still above 80% despite the removal of organicsdeclined obviously(less than 60% ). It was found that the effect of seawater salinity on the removal of organics wasnegative rather than positive one as shown for ammonia removal.

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