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The presence of humic substances in waters can cause various environmental problems. Humic acid (HA) is one of the major components of humic substances which contain both hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecules as well as phenolic, carboxyl and hydroxyl groups connected to the skeleton of aliphatic or aromatic units. Nowadays, special attention has been given to humic substances, following the discovery of trihalomethanes in water supplies.

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