Abstract—Research into the elucidation of Natural Organic
Matter (NOM) character in surface waters and the link to NOM
removal is concentrated to Europe and North America, with
limited research conducted on the vastly differing climatic and
ecological conditions of Australia. This study utilizes dissolved
organic carbon, rapid resin fractionation, liquid
chromatography with organic carbon detection and zeta
potential measurement techniques to characterize NOM from a
riverine, transitional and lacustrine site of an Australian
drinking water catchment. The results are compared to similar
American, Canadian and French drinking water sources. The
robustness of the characterization techniques as an indicator for
NOM treatability can be established through application to
surface waters of differing geographical regions. Future studies
should aim to concurrently characterize NOM character and
treatability across a multitude of surface waters in varying
Index Terms—Natural organic matter, characterization, surface water, water treatment.
A. Agostino and S. Moradi are with the Microbial Advanced Separation Systems Laboratory (bioMASS Lab) and the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
H. Bustamante is with Sydney Water Corporation, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW, 2150, Australia.
L. Hamilton is with WaterNSW, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW, 2150, Australia.
G. Leslie is with the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia (corresponding author: G. Leslie; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: A. Agostino, S. Moradi, H. Bustamante, L. Hamilton, and G. Leslie, "Tracking Changes in Natural Organic Matter Character in an Australian Drinking Water Catchment," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 9, no. 9, pp. 278-281, 2018.