Removal of poliovirus and rotavirus from tapwater by a quaternary ammonium resin

Charles P Gerba, Gilbert E. Janauer, Michael Costello

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A quaternary ammonium-type anion exchange resin was tested as a contact water viral disinfectant. Suspensions of tapwater containing approx. 104 plaque-forming units ml-1 of poliovirus type 1 and Simian rotavirus SA-11 were passed through 1 ml beds of resin, at flow rates of 10-12 ml min-1. With resin 14-1.91 - > 99.9% of the input virus was removed. The beds were effective in removal of virus even after passage of 1500 ml of tapwater. Less than 10% of the virus associated with resin 14-1 could be recovered as compared to 100% for control resin. Kinetic studies indicated that virus adsorbed to the resins were being inactivated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-19
Number of pages3
JournalWater Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1984


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  • Earth-Surface Processes

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