WDRC EnSE Seminar Series: Professor Sung-Kyu Maeng



WDRC EnSE Seminar Series

Professor Sung-Kyu Maeng, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea
When: Tuesday| October 3, 2023 | 03:00 - 04:00 p.m. (GMT +3)
Join Zoom link:   https://kaust.zoom.us/j/98217154699


Occurrences and changes in biological stability in drinking water from source to tap



Biostable drinking water, which limits bacterial growth and community changes, is obtained by removing bacterial growth-promoting nutrients, such as assimilable organic carbon (AOC), through a range of treatment processes. To date, various controlled laboratory bacterial growth tests have been developed using different inoculum types to study the growth-promoting nutrients in water. However, many countries have not considered limiting bacterial growth by reducing the growth-promoting nutrients in drinking water, because they primarily use chlorine in their distribution systems. This presentation provides an overview of the available methods to analyze dissolved growth-promoting nutrients in water and summarizes the current knowledge on nutrient characteristics and concentrations in water from source to tap, through various treatment processes. Bacterial growth-promoting nutrients in surface water are affected by seasonal variables, such as water temperature, precipitation, and algal blooms. The use of groundwater, bank filtration, and artificial recharge of water sources provide low bacterial growth-promoting nutrient concentrations in drinking water. The treatment type as well as operational conditions significantly affect biostable drinking water production. To achieve water biostability, it is important to understand not only the water treatment process but also the distribution conditions, including the impact of pipe materials on the nutrient levels in water. The impact of climate change on biostability as well as the role of complex and particle bound nutrients on microbial growth in drinking water distribution systems should be investigated in future studies.

About the Speaker:



  • Ph.D.  Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft), The Netherlands, 2010 (Advisor: Gary Amy)
  • M.S. Dept. of Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 1997 (Advisor: Spyros G. Pavlostathis)
  • B.S.  Dept. of Environmental Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, 1995



  • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Sejong University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, (September 2011- Present)
  • Senior Researcher, Water Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Republic of Korea, (Mar. 1999 to Aug. 2011)

Event Quick Information

03 Oct, 2023
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM