It is of particular concern in conventional drinking water treatment since it
can produce undesirable disinfection by-products (DBPs), interferes with the
performance of water treatment processes such as coagulation, membrane
filtration and oxidation processes, and leads to bacterial regrowth in potable water
distribution systems. A thorough understanding of the changes in concentration
of NOM over time can significantly contribute towards optimizing the operation
of drinking water treatment processes. With the right monitoring equipment,
determining NOM concentration can be both simple and cost effective.