Odorous compounds in wastewater reservoir used for irrigation

B. Ginzburg*, I. Dor, O. Lev

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The objective of this study was to investigate the odor and physicochemical characteristics of a model deep wastewater reservoir (the Na'an reservoir). Depth sampling of the reservoir revealed depletion of oxygen and increase of hydrogen sulfide and organic nitrogen and sulfur odorous compounds at deeper levels of the reservoir. TOC, TON, BOD5 and chromatographic fingerprinting by MSD and Olfactory/GC of the semivolatile organic compounds in the reservoir were found to be season dependent. Late summer was found to be the most odorous period and the richest in semi-volatile compounds. A list of volatile compounds, which were identified by gas chromatography, in the reservoir water and in the surrounding atmosphere was compiled.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)65-71
Number of pages7
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1997 5th International Symposium on Off-Flavours in the Aquatic Environment - Paris, France
Duration: 13 Oct 199716 Oct 1997


  • Deep wastewater reservoir
  • Dimethyldisulfide
  • Dimethyltrisulfide
  • Indole
  • Skatole
  • TON


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