Sustainable Water Resources Management

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 1833–1846 | Cite as

Performance evaluation of different advanced processes for treating chloro-pesticide intermediate industrial wastewater

  • K. Srilatha
  • D. Bhagawan
  • G. Shankaraiah
  • P. Kiran Kumar
  • V. HimabinduEmail author
  • S. Srinivasulu
Original Article


Wastewater treatment has become an essential part of industrial operations. Pesticide production is one of the major supportive parts of the agriculture field, as India is an agriculture-based economy. The pesticide industry wastewater (PIW) is considered as hazardous since it contains chlorinated toxic pollutants. Treatment of such type of wastewater using conventional treatment methods might have their limitations due to the presence of toxic compounds, time consumption and complexity of the treatment process. In the past few years, the electrochemical methods [electrocoagulation (EC)/electrooxidation (EO) and Fenton process] became more attractive to remove recalcitrant pollutants from the wastewater streams. In this study, the treatment of chloro-pesticide intermediate processing industrial wastewater has been carried out using different advanced processes [electrochemical methods (EC/EO) and Fenton process]. The maximum  % removal of COD and chloride was found to be 52 and 30% by electrocoagulation and 16 and 26% by electrooxidation processes, respectively, with a reaction time of 20 min at pH 7. The maximum  % removal of COD achieved by Fenton followed by coagulation at pH 7 was observed to be 89%.


Industry wastewater Electrochemical method Chemical oxygen demand Fenton process 



The authors would like to thank the Department of Science and Technology (DST-WTI), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India/Bharat Sarkar, for providing us with the required fund and encouragement to carry out the present research work (Order no. DST/TM/WTI/2K16/220). One of the authors Dr. D Bhagawan would like to thank the University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India/Bharat Sarkar, for providing the required fund and encouragement to carry out the research work(Order no. F./31-1/2017/PDFSS-2017-18-TEL-14164).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Srilatha
    • 1
  • D. Bhagawan
    • 1
  • G. Shankaraiah
    • 1
  • P. Kiran Kumar
    • 1
  • V. Himabindu
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Srinivasulu
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Environment, Centre for Alternative Energy OptionsInstitute of Science and Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University HyderabadHyderabadIndia

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