Impact of combining chlorine dioxide and chlorine on DBP formation in simulated indoor swimming pools

J Environ Sci (China). 2017 Aug;58:155-162. doi: 10.1016/j.jes.2017.04.020. Epub 2017 May 2.


The main objective of this study was to assess the combined use of chlorine dioxide (ClO2) and chlorine (Cl2) on the speciation and kinetics of disinfection by-product (DBP) formation in swimming pools using synthetic pool waters prepared with a body fluid analog (BFA) and/or fresh natural water. At 1:25 (mass ratio) of ClO2 to Cl2, there was no significant reduction in the formation of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) for both BFA solution and natural water compared to the application of Cl2 alone. When the mass ratio of ClO2 to Cl2 increased to 1:1, substantial decreases in both THMs and HAAs were observed in the natural water, while there was almost no change of DBP formations in the BFA solution. Haloacetonitriles and halonitromethanes levels in both water matrices remained similar. In the presence of bromide, the overall DBP formation increased in both BFA solution and natural water. For the DBP formation kinetics, after 72hr of contact time, very low formation of THMs and HAAs was observed for the use of ClO2 only. Compared to Cl2 control, however, applying the 1:1 mixture of ClO2/Cl2 reduced THMs by >60% and HAAs by >50%. Chlorite was maintained below 1.0mg/L, while the formation of chlorate significantly increased over the reaction time. Finally, in a bench-scale indoor pool experiment, applying ClO2 and Cl2 simultaneously produced less THMs compared to Cl2 control and kept chlorite at <0.4mg/L, while HAAs and chlorate accumulated over 4-week operation period.

Keywords: Body fluid analog; Chlorine; Chlorine dioxide; Disinfection by-products; Natural organic matter.

MeSH terms

  • Chlorine / chemistry*
  • Chlorine Compounds / chemistry*
  • Disinfectants / chemistry*
  • Disinfection / methods
  • Oxides / chemistry*
  • Swimming Pools*
  • Water Purification / methods*


  • Chlorine Compounds
  • Disinfectants
  • Oxides
  • Chlorine
  • chlorine dioxide