ASSESSMENT OF FLUORIDE ADSORPTION CAPACITY OF PUROLITE SST60 Mallika Khare, Srashti Goswami and Rahul Dubey Abstract This

paper presents an experimental effort to reduce the excess fluoride found in drinking water. Fluoride is a harmful substance which can be born by human body upto a certain limit i.e; (1.0-1.5ppm) but if it exceeds this limit has many detrimental effects like dental fluorosis, skeletal fluorosis, gastrointestinal disorders etc. The problem of fluoride is the one of the biggest challenge not only for engineers in our state (Madhya Pradesh), but also for the country. Districts of Madhya Pradesh like Rajgarh, Dhar, Jhabua, Balaghat etc. are severely affected by fluoride. Our experiment is based on an ion exchange process with the help of a special type of resin known as Purolite SST60.Purolite SST family of high efficiency softening resins is based on shallow shell technology. Simply states that shorter the diffusion path the more rapid the softening exchange occurs. The aim of this experiment is to determine the fluoride adsorption capacity of Purolite SST60 and cycle after cycle the reduction in its efficiency of adsorption. Moreover, to access the reduction of regeneration ability of the resins and to check the change in pH of drinking water due to this ion exchange process. This experiment will help to establish a long lasting fluoride treatment unit which do not expire in a short period like fluoride treatment unit of activated alumina. Besides this, it is also an economical method of treatment of fluoride which will not only be helpful for our engineers but will also prevent common man from the detrimental effects of fluoride.

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