A simple system for ozone application in domestic sewage for agricultural reuse

  • Lisiana Crivelenti Voltolini Centro de Ciências Agrárias. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Agricultura e Ambiente. Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), Via Anhanguera, km 174, CEP: 13600-970, Araras, SP, Brazil.
  • Reinaldo Gaspar Bastos Centro de Ciências Agrárias. Departamento de Tecnologia Agroindustrial e Socioeconomia Rural. Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), Via Anhanguera, km 174, CEP: 13600-970, Araras,SP, Brazil.
  • Claudinei Fonseca Souza Departamento de Recursos Naturais e Proteção Ambiental. Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), Rodovia Anhanguera, km 174, Zona Rural, CEP: 13604-900, Araras, SP, Brazil.


The increasing demand for water in food production highlights the need to seek alternative sources of supply. Treated domestic sewage is a way to mitigate this problem, but it must comply with legislation to be used safely in agriculture. Ozone has been used for disinfection of domestic effluents due to its strong oxidizing character, allowing the adjustment of its parameters for agricultural reuse. This study therefore aimed to evaluate the sanitary and agricultural viability of domestic effluent treated with ozone. The experiment was carried out on laboratory benchtops and doses of 0, 8, 15, 30, 45, and 60 mg L−1 of ozone were applied. The application time for each dose was 0, 14, 27, 54, 81, and 108 seconds, respectively. Microbiological, physical, and chemical parameters were evaluated: total coliforms, Escherichia coli, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, total organic carbon, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium. Ozonation did not significantly alter the physical and chemical composition of wastewater, indicating an important advantage in terms of potential agricultural reuse. However, the pathogenic load of E. coli was not reduced enough for the effluent to be used in agriculture. The results suggest an investigation of the effects of ozone on the efficiency of sewage treatment, seeking to understand these interactions to identify ideal doses and exposure time, making wastewater safe for agricultural reuse.

Keywords: agriculture, ozonation, treated effluent.