WATER TREATMENT

CONTINUING EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE
10 PDH's, 10 Training Hours or 1 CEU upon completion

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Special State Approval Information
This course is approved for 10 contact hours/10 PDHS/1 CEU in most States. There is a 40 hour version of this course. It is called Water Treatment Fundamentals and can be found at www.ABCTLC.com.
Alabama Department of Environmental Management, 10 CEHs. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, 10 PDHs. California Department of Health Services acceptance, 10 contact hours. Colorado, #06-OW-0029, 1 TUs in Water and Distribution. Georgia, 6 Continuing Education Points, # CE-6-106-TLC-013108-1814. Hawaii Department of Health approval, Public Water System Operators. 1.0 CEU. Indiana, Water Approval PWSTO1-1912, 10 Contact Hours. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Water approval, 10 continuing Education Training Contact Hours. Kentucky, DOW course #ALT-1913 - 10 hours for water operators only. Missouri, Water Approval # 0127336, 10 Renewal Hours, Wastewater 4 Renewal Hours New York Dept. of Health, 10 contact hours. Ohio EPA, Course #D096, Approved for Drinking Water for 10.0 contact hours. Expires 6/26/2009. Oregon, OESAC approval #884, 1.20 CEUs in Drinking Water, and 0.4 CEUs in Wastewater. Expires 12/17/2006. Pennsylvania DEP, 10 hours in Water # 681. Rhode Island, 10 contact hours. Tennessee, Water and Wastewater Certification Board, Approval #R02048, 10 Water Treatment Credit Hours. Utah Department of Environmental Quality requires special form from TLC. Washington WETRC approved 1 CEU. Wyoming DEQ, #373.00 for levels II, III, &IV. 10 Contact Hours “CREDIT is entered into a certified operator’s training record based on the CERTIFICATE NUMBER they list on the roster. FAILURE to provide a certification number or proving an incorrect number may result in no credit given.”

Check with your State to see if this course is accepted for CEU credit.

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Jar Testing
The jar test is an attempt to duplicate plant conditions. What do these conditions include? A simulation of a water treatment plant’s flash mixing process. Under normal plant conditions a flow is 3.0 MGD and a one-minute fast mixing in the jar test is adequate. If the plant flow increases to 4.0 MGD, how long of fast mix is needed in the jar test? Less than one minute is necessary.

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Course Description
Water Treatment CEU Course
Water Distribution, Well Drillers, Pump Installers, Water Treatment Operators. The target audience for this course is the person interested in working in a water treatment or distribution facility and/or wishing to maintain CEUs for certification license or to learn how to do the job safely and effectively, and/or to meet education needs for promotion. This short CEU course will cover the fundamentals of water treatment beginning with the source of water and ending with the disinfection and distribution making sure that it meets federal compliance. This course will cover the fundamentals of water treatment beginning with the source of water and ending with the disinfection of the water that meets federal compliance. Task Analysis and Training Needs Assessments have been conducted to determine or set Needs-To-Know for this course. The following is a listing of some of those who have conducted extensive valid studies from which TLC has based this program upon: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the American Boards of Certification (ABC).

Course Goals
I. The Water Hydrological Cycle A. Terminology. B. Define Water’s Characteristics. II. Source of Water and Quality A. Define Ground water. B. Define Surface water. C. Define Quality Characteristics and Terms. III. Physical Processes A. Define Process Objectives. B. Define Concepts and MCLs. C. Define Terminology. D. Define Plant Layout. IV. Sedimentation and Related Processes A. Define Grit Chambers. B. Define Plain Sedimentation. C. Define Coagulation and Flocculation. 1. Chemical. 2. Process design. D. Define Thickening. E. Define Dewatering. F. Define Drying. G. Define Sludge Recovery and Transport. V. Define Filtration and other Treatment Techniques A. Process descriptions. 1. Functions. 2. Structure. 3. Operation. 4. Application. VI. Define Chlorination, Disinfection and Bacteria Testing.

CEU Course Learning Objectives
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Describe the water hydrologic cycle. Describe the source of water and the types of water quality issues. Describe the objectives of physical process of water treatment. Define terminology associated with physical processing of water. Describe the layout of physical processing facilities in water treatment plants. Describe the function, structure, operation, and application of racks, bars, and screens.

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7. 8. 9. 10.

Describe the coagulation and flocculation treatment processes. Describe sedimentation processes. Describe the filtration process. Describe the disinfection process.

Knowledge Obtained by this CEU Course Knowledge of chemical feeders, including startup/shutdown, calibration of feeder and calculation of dosage. 30 Minutes Knowledge of coagulation/flocculation systems, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for abnormal conditions of baffle, stationary, and mechanical systems. 20 Minutes Knowledge of sedimentation/clarification systems, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for abnormal conditions of sedimentation basin, solids-contact, and sludge depth determination. 25 Minutes Knowledge of granular activated carbon filters, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for abnormal conditions. 25 Minutes Knowledge of deep-bed monomedia filters, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for abnormal conditions. 30 Minutes Knowledge of multi-media gravity filters, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for abnormal conditions. 30 Minutes Knowledge of membrane filtrations systems, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for operating conditions. 25 Minutes Knowledge of measurement techniques for expansion of backwash and depth of filter media. 15 Minutes Knowledge of alarm testing of disinfection systems. 5 Minutes Knowledge of operation and calibration of chemical feed pumps, e.g., hypochlorinators, chlorine systems, aqueous ammonia feeders, etc. 50 Minutes Knowledge of calculation of disinfectant dosage, including when to add disinfectant. 25 Minutes Knowledge of gas chlorinator operation, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for abnormal conditions. 50 Minutes Knowledge of gas ammoniator systems, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for abnormal conditions. 5 Minutes Knowledge of ozonators, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for abnormal conditions. 35 Minutes Knowledge of corrosion control solid feeders, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for abnormal conditions. 10 Minutes Knowledge of corrosion control liquid feeders, including startup/shutdown, and correcting for abnormal conditions. 10 Minutes Knowledge of the chemistry of lime, caustic, bicarbonate, phosphates, silicates, and acids interacting with processed water. 40 Minutes Knowledge of stabilization reaction basins and correcting for abnormal conditions. 15 Minutes. Knowledge of electrical cathodic protections devices, including calibration. 10 Minutes Knowledge of calibration of flow meters, in-line turbidmeters, in-line chorine analyzers, and in-line pH meters. 10 Minutes Knowledge of programming alarms, autodialers, and SCADA systems. 10 Minutes Knowledge of operation of auto shutdown systems, signal generators, signal receivers, signal transmitters, and SCADA systems. 10 Minutes EPA Operator Rules, Security information and OSHA rule information. 210 Minutes.

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Other Areas Covered Intake Pretreatment Chemical Feed Chemical Mixing/Rapid Mix Coagulation/Flocculation Sedimentation/Clarification Filtration Disinfection Fluoridation Storage Softening Corrosion Control Sludge Disposal Recirculation Systems Instrumentation Maintenance Plumbing/Cross-Connections Laboratory Procedures Perform Specific Tests Operate Moving Equipment Management/Supervision/Reporting Specific Course Goals and Timed Outcomes (Beta Testing ) Eleven students were tested and the average time necessary to complete each task was recorded as the stated in the above objectives and timed outcome section. In the above timed outcome section area, the tasks were measured using times spent on each specific objective goal and final assignment grading of 70% and higher. Sixteen students were given a task assignment survey in which to track their times on the above learning objectives (course content) and utilized an essay style answer sheet to complete their final assignment. All students were given 30 days to complete this assignment and survey. September 2000 Beta Testing Group Statistics Sixteen students were selected for this assignment. All the students held water distribution or water treatment operator certification positions. None of the test group received credit for their assignment. Three students failed the final examination. Three students did not complete the reading assignment. The average times were based upon the outcome of eleven students. Prerequisites None Course Procedures for Registration and Support All of Technical Learning College correspondence courses have complete registration and support services offered. Delivery of services will include, e-mail, web site, telephone, fax and mail support. TLC will attempt immediate and prompt service. When a student registers for a distance or correspondence course, he/she is assigned a start date and an end date. It is the student's responsibility to note dates for assignments and keep up with the course work. If a student falls behind, he/she must contact TLC and request an end date extension in order to complete the course. It is the prerogative of TLC to decide whether to grant the request. All students will be tracked by their social security number or a unique number will be assigned to the student. Instructions for Written Assignments The Water Treatment correspondence course uses a multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank answer key. TLC would prefer that the answers are typed and e-mailed to, info@tlch2o.com. If you are unable to do so, please write inside the booklet and make a copy for yourself and mail me the completed manual. There are a total of 66 questions in this course.

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You can find course assistance on the website under the Assignment Page, under the Course Assistance button. Feedback Mechanism (examination procedures) Each student will receive a feedback form as part of their study packet. You will be able to find this form in the rear of the course or lesson. Security and Integrity All students are required to do their own work. All lesson sheets and final exams are not returned to the student to discourage sharing of answers. Any fraud or deceit and the student will forfeit all fees and the appropriate agency will be notified. Grading Criteria TLC will offer the student either pass/fail or a standard letter grading assignment. If TLC is not notified, you will only receive a pass/fail notice. (Certificate) Recommended Texts The Water Treatment course can be completed without any other text but you may use either a copy of WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATION VOLUME ONE AND TWO - Office of Water Programs, California State University Sacramento or WATER TREATMENT - American Water Works Association to assist in completion or understanding of the assignment. Recordkeeping and Reporting Practices TLC will keep all student records for a minimum of seven years. It is your responsibility to give the completion certificate to the appropriate agencies. We will send the required information to Texas, Indiana and Pennsylvania for your certificate renewals. ADA Compliance TLC will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students should notify TLC and their instructors of any special needs. Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group. Mission Statement Our only product is educational service. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible education service possible. TLC will attempt to make your learning experience an enjoyable educational opportunity.

What are a couple of corrosive substances may be found in a laboratory? Hydrochloric and Sulfuric acids HCL & H2SO4

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To provide a forum for the collection and dissemination of current information related to environmental education.Educational Mission The educational mission of TLC is: To provide TLC students with comprehensive and ongoing training in the theory and skills needed for the environmental education field. To provide TLC students opportunities to apply and understand the theory and skills needed for operator certification. To provide a forum in which students can exchange experiences and ideas related to environmental education. To provide opportunities for TLC students to learn and practice environmental educational skills with members of the community for the purpose of sharing diverse perspectives and experience. and to maintain an environment that nurtures academic and personal growth. Water Operator’s Lab Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 9 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

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Contact Hour CEU/PDH Training Registration Water Treatment CEU Course Course Price $50. Box 420.00 Start and Finish Dates:_________________________You will have 90 days from this date in order to complete this course Name______________________________________Signature____________________ (This will appear on your certificate as above) Address:________________________________________________________________ City______________________________State________Zip___________Email________ Phone: Home ( )_______________Work ( )_____________Fax ( )_____________ Social Security___________________________ Your State may require this information. AZ 85547-0420 ℡Toll Free (866) 557-1746℡ (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 info@tlch2o. Date_________ If you’ve paid on the Internet. Water Treatment Water Distribution Wastewater Collection Wastewater Treatment Pretreatment Groundwater Degree Program Other ___________________________ Technical Learning College P. Operator ID# ________________________________Expiration Date____________ Class/Grade__________________________________ Your certificate will be mailed to you in about two weeks. please write your customer#_________________ Referral’s Name_____________________________________________________ Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 11 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .com 3 digit code on back of card _____ American Express Visa or MasterCard #__________________________________Exp.O. Please circle which certification you are applying the course CEU’s. Payson.

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Index New EPA Rules 15 Microbes 18 Radionuclides 19 Inorganic Contaminants 20 Volatile Organic Contaminants 21 Primary Drinking Water Requirements 23 Secondary Drinking Water Regulations 29 SDWA Terms 31 Groundwater and Wells 35 Water Sources 37 Source Water Quality 39 Water Treatment 42 Conventional Treatment 49 Rapid Sand Filtration 51 Backwash Rule 57 Algae 59 Waterborne Pathogens 61 Protozoan Diseases 64 Waterborne Diseases 66 Jar Testing 69 Periodic Chart 79 pH 81 Water Disinfectants 82 Chlorine Section 83 DPD Residual Method 97 Amperometric Titration 98 Chemistry Chlorination 99 Chlorinator Parts 108 Chlorine Dioxide 115 Bacteriological Monitor 127 HPC 133 Total Coliforms 136 Fluoride 137 Water Quality 141 Activated Carbon 147 Corrosion Control 148 Cathodic Protection 149 Alkalinity 151 Water Storage 153 Cross-Connections 155 Centrifugal Pumps 157 Hard Water 163 Water Softening 166 Split Case Centrifugal Pump Vertical Turbine Pumps Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 13 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

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gov/safewater/arsenic. an EPA standard limits the amount of arsenic in drinking water. When rocks. eating and drinking are the most common ways that people are exposed to arsenic. More information on the rulemaking process and the costs and benefits of setting the arsenic limit in drinking water at 10ppb can be found at www. In October 2001. In January 2001. minerals. ICR EPA has collected data required by the Information Collection Rule (ICR) to support future regulation of microbial contaminants. The rule is intended to provide EPA with information on chemical byproducts that form when disinfectants used for microbial control react with chemicals already present in source water (disinfection byproducts (DBPs)). EPA decided to move forward with implementing the 10ppb standard for arsenic in drinking water. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 15 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .. Drinking water microbial and disinfection byproduct information collected for the ICR is now available in EPA's Envirofacts Warehouse. When people either drink this water or eat animals and plants that drink it. disinfectants.New EPA Water Rules Arsenic Arsenic is a chemical that occurs naturally in the earth's crust. Studies have linked long-term exposure of arsenic in drinking water to a variety of cancers in humans. and disinfection byproducts. they are exposed to arsenic. including Cryptosporidium. disease-causing microorganisms (pathogens). and soil erode. After adopting 10ppb as the new standard for arsenic in drinking water. EPA revised the standard from 50 parts per billion (ppb). For most people in the U.epa. ordering that it fall to 10 ppb by 2006. and engineering data to control these contaminants.html.S. they release arsenic into water supplies. To protect human health. although it can also come from industrial sources. EPA decided to review the decision to ensure that the final standard was based on sound science and accurate estimates of costs and benefits.

and bromoform. Disinfection byproducts are formed when disinfectants used in water treatment plants react with bromide and/or natural organic matter (i.Disinfection Byproduct Regulations In December 1998. The EPA has established the Stage 1 Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule to regulate bromate at annual average of 10 parts per billion in drinking water. Those standards became effective in December 2003 for small surface water and all ground water public water systems. Different disinfectants produce different types or amounts of disinfection byproducts. This standard became effective for large surface water public water systems in December 2001 and for small surface water and all ground water public water systems back in December 2003. and dibromoacetic acid. The standard became effective for the first time in December 2003 for small surface water and all ground water systems. This standard will replace the current standard of a maximum allowable annual average level of 100 parts per billion in December 2001 for large surface water public water systems. monobromoacetic acid. The trihalomethanes are chloroform. dibromochloromethane.0 parts per million (ppm) Currently trihalomethanes are regulated at a maximum allowable annual average level of 100 parts per billion for water systems serving over 10. known as HAA5. bromate.e. the EPA established the Stage 1 Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule that requires public water systems to use treatment measures to reduce the formation of disinfection byproducts and to meet the following specific standards: Total trihalomethanes (TTHM) Haloacetic acids (HAA5) Bromate Chlorite 80 parts per billion (ppb) 60 ppb 10 ppb 1. including trihalomethanes. The regulated haloacetic acids. and chlorite. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 16 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .000 people under the Total Trihalomethane Rule finalized by the EPA in 1979. The EPA has published the Stage 1 Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule to regulate total trihalomethanes (TTHM) at a maximum allowable annual average level of 80 parts per billion. are: monochloroacetic acid. Disinfection byproducts for which regulations have been established have been identified in drinking water. Trihalomethanes (THM) are a group of four chemicals that are formed along with other disinfection byproducts when chlorine or other disinfectants used to control microbial contaminants in drinking water react with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter in water. decaying vegetation) present in the source water. haloacetic acids.. bromodichloromethane. Bromate is a chemical that is formed when ozone used to disinfect drinking water reacts with naturally occurring bromide found in source water. The Stage 1 Disinfectant/Disinfection Byproduct Rule standards became effective for trihalomethanes and other disinfection byproducts listed above in December 2001 for large surface water public water systems. EPA has published the Stage 1 Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule to regulate HAA5 at 60 parts per billion annual average. trichloroacetic acid. dichloroacetic acid. Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) are a group of chemicals that are formed along with other disinfection byproducts when chlorine or other disinfectants used to control microbial contaminants in drinking water react with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter in water.

and to maintain control of pathogens while systems comply with Stage 1 Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule. using surface water (or ground water under the direct influence of surface water) as its source. The EPA has promulgating a Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. Microbial Regulations One of the key regulations developed and implemented by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to counter pathogens in drinking water is the Surface Water Treatment Rule. Among its provisions. This standard became effective for large surface water public water systems back in December 2001 and for small surface water and all ground water public water systems back in December 2003. the rule requires that a public water system.This standard became effective for large public water systems by December 2001 and for small surface water and all ground public water systems back in December 2003. and to maintain control of pathogens while systems lower disinfection byproduct levels to comply with the Stage 1 Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule. have sufficient treatment to reduce the source water concentration of Giardia and viruses by at least 99. The Surface Water Treatment Rule specifies treatment criteria to assure that these performance requirements are met. Chlorite is a byproduct formed when chlorine dioxide is used to disinfect water. and disinfectant contact time conditions.000 people. The Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule was established in December 1998 to control Cryptosporidium.000 people. including pathogens. respectively. they include turbidity limits. This is to improve physical removal of Cryptosporidium. EPA has published the Stage 1 Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule to regulate chlorite at a monthly average level of 1 part per million in drinking water. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 17 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . The new rule will tighten turbidity standards by December 2001. for systems serving fewer than 10.99%. disinfectant residual. Turbidity is an indicator of the physical removal of particulates.9% and 99. The EPA is also planning to develop other rules to further control pathogens. The EPA established a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) of zero for all public water systems and a 99% removal requirement for Cryptosporidium in filtered public water systems that serve at least 10.

Giardia lamblia is a parasite that enters lakes and rivers through sewage and animal waste. The above photo is of a SimPlate for HPC multi-dose used for the quantification of HPC in water.Microbes Coliform bacteria are common in the environment and are generally not harmful. The EPA and CDC have prepared advice for those with severely compromised immune systems who are concerned about Cryptosporidium. the presence of these bacteria in drinking water is usually a result of a problem with the treatment system or the pipes which distribute water. However. It causes gastrointestinal illness (e. cramps. and opportunistic pathogens.g. It causes cryptosporidiosis. a mild gastrointestinal disease. Cryptosporidium is a parasite that enters lakes and rivers through sewage and animal waste. the disease can be severe or fatal for people with severely weakened immune systems. they may be an indicator of poor general biological quality of drinking water. Often referred to as HPC. and indicates that the water may be contaminated with germs that can cause disease. However. or other symptoms. vomiting. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects. pathogens. Fecal Coliform and E coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 18 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . and cramps). headaches. nausea. diarrhea. such as diarrhea. Heterotrophic Plate Count Bacteria: A broad group of bacteria including nonpathogens.

Radon gas can dissolve and accumulate in underground water sources. As the organics are driven off by heating. Radon in air is more dangerous than radon in water. and in the air in your home. Drinking water containing radon presents a risk of developing cancer. Operation A sample is placed into a heated injection port. Certain minerals are radioactive and may emit forms of radiation known as photons and beta radiation. Breathing radon can cause lung cancer.Radionuclides Alpha emitters. such as wells. Some people who drink water containing alpha emitters in excess of the EPA's standard over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Gas Chromatograph (GC) Separates vaporized sample into individual components. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 19 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Combined Radium 226/228. Beta/photon emitters. Some people who drink water containing radium 226 or 228 in excess of the EPA's standard over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Some people who drink water containing beta and photon emitters in excess of the EPA's standard over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer. a carrier gas transports them through a separation column and into a Flame Ionization Detector (FID) where individual components are identified. Certain minerals are radioactive and may emit a form of radiation known as alpha radiation.

in its moderate or severe forms. Lead pipes and plumbing fittings have been banned since August 1998. This problem occurs only in developing teeth.4.5-TP (Silvex) Acrylamide Alachlor Atrazine Benzoapyrene Carbofuran Chlordane Dalapon Di 2-ethylhexyl adipate Di 2-ethylhexyl phthalate Dibromochloropropane Dinoseb Dioxin (2. Children and pregnant women are most susceptible to lead health risks.8-TCDD) Diquat Endothall Endrin Epichlorohydrin Ethylene dibromide Glyphosate Heptachlor Heptachlor epoxide Hexachlorobenzene Hexachlorocyclopentadiene Lindane Methoxychlor Oxamyl [Vydate] PCBs [Polychlorinated biphenyls] Pentachlorophenol Picloram Simazine Toxaphene Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 20 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . The EPA has also set a secondary fluoride standard of 2 mg/L to protect against dental fluorosis. For advice on avoiding lead. Fluoride. including pesticides & herbicides 2. may result in a brown staining and/or pitting of the permanent teeth. before they erupt from the gums.4-D 2. including pain and tenderness of the bones). and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Lead typically leaches into water from plumbing in older buildings. see the EPA’s lead in your drinking water fact sheet. Many communities add fluoride to their drinking water to promote dental health. Synthetic Organic Contaminants. The EPA has set an enforceable drinking water standard for fluoride of 4 mg/L (some people who drink water containing fluoride in excess of this level over many years could get bone disease. Children under nine should not drink water that has more than 2 mg/L of fluoride.7.Inorganic Contaminants (IOC) Antimony Asbestos Barium Beryllium Cadmium Chromium Copper Cyanide Mercury Nitrate Nitrite Selenium Thallium Inorganic Contaminants Arsenic. Some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of the EPA's standard over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system. Each community makes its own decision about whether or not to add fluoride. Dental fluorosis.3.

Volatile Organic Contaminants (VOC) Benzene Carbon Tetrachloride Chlorobenzene o-Dichlorobenzene p-Dichlorobenzene 1.1.-Trichloroethane 1.2-Dichloropropane Ethylbenzene Styrene Tetrachloroethylene 1.1-Dichloroethylene cis-1. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 21 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .2-Dichloroethane 1.2-Dicholoroethylene Dichloromethane 1.1.2. thin bottles with the septum tops.1.2-Dichloroethylene trans-1.4-Trichlorobenzene 1.2-Trichloroethane Trichloroethylene Toluene Vinyl Chloride Xylenes Common water sampling bottles VOC bottles are the smaller.

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1 Copper 1.004 0.1 0. solder Discharge from semiconductor manufacturing. discharge from teeth.010 Asbestos (fiber >10 micrometers) Barium Beryllium 7 million 7 MFL fibers per Liter 2 2 0. electronics. and defense industries Corrosion of galvanized pipes. high blood pressure Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 23 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . TT6 development. physical or mental plumbing systems.2 4. Gastrointestinal distress. ceramics. Those with Wilson's Disease should consult their personal doctor if their water systems exceed the copper action level. discharge from electrical.0 Bone disease (pain and Water additive which promotes tenderness of the bones). increased risk of cancer Sources of Contaminant in Drinking Water Discharge from petroleum refineries.3 Cyanide (as free cyanide) Fluoride 0.0 Some people who use water containing chromium well in excess of the MCL over many years could experience allergic dermatitis Action Short term exposure: Level=1.006 0. circulatory system problems. herbicides. erosion of natural Children may get mottled deposits. TT Long term exposure: Liver or kidney damage. decrease in blood glucose Skin damage. discharge from metal refineries. wood preservatives. 6 3. fertilizer and aluminum factories Action Infants and children: Delays in Corrosion of household Level=0. erosion of natural deposits Discharge from metal refineries and coal-burning factories. strong teeth.004 Increased risk of developing benign intestinal polyps Increase in blood pressure Intestinal lesions Cadmium 0. runoff from waste batteries and paints Discharge from steel and pulp mills. discharge from metal refineries. animal feed additives. petroleum refining. erosion of natural deposits.National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Inorganic Chemicals Antimony Arsenic MCLG MCL2 1 or TT3 (mg/L) (mg/L) 4 4 Potential Health Effects from Ingestion of Water Increase in blood cholesterol. erosion of natural deposits Decay of asbestos cement in water mains. discharge from plastic and fertilizer factories 4.005 Kidney damage Chromium (total) 0.2 Nerve damage or thyroid problems Lead zero Discharge from steel/metal factories. erosion of 015. leaching from wood preservatives 0. 0. erosion of natural deposits Discharge of drilling wastes.006 none5 0.005 0. erosion of natural deposits. natural deposits Adults: Kidney problems. aerospace. fire retardants. erosion of natural deposits Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

0005 0.002 "Blue baby syndrome" in infants under six months .002 0.002 Kidney damage Erosion of natural deposits. erosion of natural deposits Discharge from petroleum refineries.05 0.life threatening without immediate medical attention. erosion of natural deposits Runoff from fertilizer use.Inorganic Mercury 0. Symptoms: Infant looks blue and has shortness of breath. and pharmaceutical companies Nitrate (measured as Nitrogen) 10 10 Nitrite (measured as 1 Nitrogen) 1 Selenium Thallium 0. leaching from septic tanks. sewage. circulatory problems Hair loss.life threatening without immediate medical attention. Hair or fingernail loss. glass. intestine.05 0. discharge from refineries and factories. sewage. changes in blood. discharge from mines Leaching from ore-processing sites. "Blue baby syndrome" in infants under six months . numbness in fingers or toes. or liver problems Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 24 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . kidney. discharge from electronics. runoff from landfills and cropland Runoff from fertilizer use. erosion of natural deposits. leaching from septic tanks. Symptoms: Infant looks blue and has shortness of breath.

increased risk of cancer Eye. 2Dichloroethylene trans-1.075 zero 0.2-Dichloroethane 1-1Dichloroethylene cis-1. or adrenal gland Runoff from herbicide used on problems row crops Minor kidney changes Runoff from herbicide used on rights of way Reproductive difficulties. liver.002 0. changes in blood chemical factories Increased risk of cancer Discharge from industrial chemical factories Liver problems Discharge from industrial chemical factories Liver problems Discharge from industrial chemical factories Liver problems Discharge from industrial chemical factories Liver problems.002 0.005 0. increased risk of cancer Reproductive difficulties. liver.07 0.1 0.075 0.2 0.006 0.07 0. liver.2-Dibromo-3chloropropane (DBCP) o-Dichlorobenzene p-Dichlorobenzene 1. increased risk of cancer Liver or nervous system problems.003 zero zero 0.07 0.6 0. increased risk Discharge from pharmaceutical of cancer and chemical factories Increased risk of cancer Discharge from industrial chemical factories General toxic effects or Leaching from PVC plumbing reproductive difficulties systems.1 0. increased risk of chemical factories cancer Reproductive difficulties Runoff from herbicide used on soybeans and vegetables Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 25 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . kidney or spleen problems.04 zero zero 0.6 0.005 0.0002 0.07 0. kidney or spleen Discharge from industrial damage. increased risk of cancer Problems with blood or nervous system. decrease in blood platelets. discharge from chemical factories Reproductive difficulties.005 0.Organic Chemicals Acrylamide Alachlor Atrazine Benzene Benzo(a)pyrene Carbofuran Carbon tetrachloride Chlordane Chlorobenzene 2.0002 0.003 0.1 zero zero 0. and orchards Liver.007 Discharger from chemical and agricultural chemical factories Kidney. reproductive difficulties.4 0. kidney. cotton.4 0.005 0.007 0.2 zero TT 7 0.2Dichloroethylene Dichloromethane 1-2Dichloropropane Di(2ethylhexyl)adipate MCLG MCL2 1 or TT3 (mg/L) (mg/L) 4 4 Potential Health Effects from Ingestion of Water Nervous system or blood problems.007 Di(2zero ethylhexyl)phthalate Dinoseb 0. increased risk of cancer Cardiovascular system problems. liver Discharge from rubber and problems.4-D Dalapon 1.005 0. pineapples.007 0. increased risk of cancer Liver or kidney problems Sources of Contaminant in Drinking Water Added to water during sewage/wastewater treatment Runoff from herbicide used on row crops Runoff from herbicide used on row crops Discharge from factories. Runoff/leaching from soil increased risk of cancer fumigant used on soybeans. reproductive difficulties Anemia. or circulatory Discharge from industrial system problems chemical factories Anemia. Liver problems.1 0.04 . anemia. leaching from gas storage tanks and landfills Leaching from linings of water storage tanks and distribution lines Leaching of soil fumigant used on rice and alfalfa Discharge from chemical plants and other industrial activities Residue of banned termiticide zero zero 0.

03 increased risk of cancer 0. nervous system.3.4Trichlorobenzene 1. added to water during treatment process Discharge from petroleum refineries Discharge from petroleum refineries Runoff from herbicide use Residue of banned termiticide Breakdown of hepatachlor Discharge from metal refineries and agricultural chemical factories Discharge from chemical factories Runoff/leaching from insecticide used on cattle.5-TP (Silvex) 1.05 0.002 zero 0. alfalfa.05 0.0004 0.003 0. increased risk of cancer Kidney. increased risk of cancer Kidney or stomach problems Liver or kidney problems Reproductive difficulties Slight nervous system effects Skin changes.0002 0.5 0.2 zero Pentachlorophenol Picloram Simazine Styrene zero 0.20 Discharge from wood preserving factories Herbicide runoff Herbicide runoff Discharge from rubber and plastic factories.05 0.7 0.0005 Cataracts Stomach and intestinal problems Nervous system effects Stomach problems. livestock Runoff/leaching from insecticide used on apples. increased risk of cancer Liver or kidney problems Stomach problems.2 0. liver.8TCDD) Diquat Endothall Endrin Epichlorohydrin Ethylbenzene Ethelyne dibromide Glyphosate Heptachlor zero 0.1.00005 0. or circulatory problems 0.02 0.7 0. and circulatory problems Liver problems. kidney.5 0.04 0. increased risk of cancer Liver or kidney problems.02 0.Dioxin (2.2 Tetrachloroethylene zero Toluene Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) Toxaphene 2.7 zero Emissions from waste incineration and other combustion.000000 Reproductive difficulties.7 zero 0. reproductive difficulties. leaching from landfills Discharge from factories and dry cleaners Discharge from petroleum factories Byproduct of drinking water disinfection Runoff/leaching from insecticide used on cotton and cattle Residue of banned herbicide Discharge from textile finishing factories Discharge from metal degreasing sites and other factories Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 26 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .001 0. immune deficiencies. reproductive difficulties.005 1 0.002 TT7 0. thymus gland problems. increased risk of cancer Liver problems Changes in adrenal glands Liver.004 0.1Trichloroethane 1 none5 zero 0.07 0.1 0.07 0.4.04 0. kidney. lumber. increased risk of cancer Liver or kidney problems.1 0.001 0. reproductive difficulties Liver damage. vegetables. increased risk of cancer Nervous system. increased risk of cancer Liver damage.2.0002 Methoxychlor Oxamyl (Vydate) Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) 0. or liver problems Liver. reproductive or nervous system difficulties. increased risk of cancer Kidney problems. or thyroid problems.7.05 tadiene Lindane 0.1 0. potatoes. reproductive difficulties. discharge from chemical factories Runoff from herbicide use Runoff from herbicide use Residue of banned insecticide Discharge from industrial chemical factories. gardens Runoff/leaching from insecticide used on fruits.0002 0. increased risk of cancer Liver problems Problems with blood Liver. and tomatoes Runoff from landfills. discharge of waste chemicals Heptachlor epoxide zero Hexachlorobenzene zero Hexachlorocyclopen 0.10 0. kidney or central nervous system problems.1 0.004 0.

002 10 Liver. It may indicate the presence of microbes.005 0. Legionnaire's Disease. commonly known as pneumonia Used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria 10 may be present Turbidity has no health effects but can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. increased risk of cancer Increased risk of cancer Nervous system damage Discharge from industrial chemical factories Discharge from petroleum refineries Leaching from PVC pipes. Gastroenteric disease n/a Sources of Contaminant in Drinking Water Human and animal fecal waste Giardia lamblia Heterotrophic plate count zero N/A TT 8 TT8 Legionella zero TT8 5.005 0. kidney. discharge from plastic factories Discharge from petroleum factories. discharge from chemical factories Radionuclides Beta particles and photon emitters MCLG MCL2 1 or TT3 (mg/L) (mg/L) 4 4 Potential Health Effects from Ingestion of Water Sources of Contaminant in Drinking Water Decay of natural and manmade deposits Erosion of natural deposits none 5 Gross alpha particle none5 activity Radium 226 and Radium 228 (combined) none5 4 Increased risk of cancer millirems per year 15 Increased risk of cancer picocurie s per Liter (pCi/L) 5 pCi/L Increased risk of cancer Erosion of natural deposits MCLG MCL2 1 or TT3 Microorganisms (mg/L) (mg/L) 4 4 Potential Health Effects from Ingestion of Water Giardiasis. but can indicate how effective treatment is at controlling microorganisms. a gastroenteric disease HPC has no health effects.1.003 zero zero 10 0. multiplies in heating systems Human and animal fecal waste Soil runoff Total Coliforms zero (including fecal coliform and E. or immune system problems Liver problems. Coli) N/A Turbidity Viruses (enteric) zero TT8 Human and animal fecal waste Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 27 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .2Trichloroethane Trichloroethylene Vinyl chloride Xylenes (total) 0.0%9 TT8 Found naturally in water.1.

Cholera Legionella Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 28 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

3 mg/L 0. Contaminant Aluminum Chloride Color Copper Corrosivity Fluoride Foaming Agents Iron Manganese Odor pH Silver Sulfate Total Dissolved Solids Zinc Secondary Standard 0. The EPA recommends secondary standards to water systems but does not require systems to comply.5 0.National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations (NSDWRs or secondary standards) are non-enforceable guidelines regulating contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects (such as skin or tooth discoloration) or aesthetic effects (such as taste.2 mg/L 250 mg/L 15 (color units) 1.0 mg/L noncorrosive 2.0 mg/L 0. states may choose to adopt them as enforceable standards. However.05 to 0.5-8.05 mg/L 3 threshold odor number 6. or color) in drinking water.5 mg/L 0. odor.10 mg/L 250 mg/L 500 mg/L 5 mg/L Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 29 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

9 No more than 5. cramps. and (2) filter their water or meet criteria for avoiding filtration so that the following contaminants are controlled at the following levels: • Giardia lamblia: 99. which triggers water systems into taking treatment steps if exceeded in more than 10% of tap water samples. in writing. 6 Lead and copper are regulated in a Treatment Technique which requires systems to take tap water samples at sites with lead pipes or copper pipes that have lead solder and/or are served by lead service lines. nausea.99% killed/inactivated • Legionella: No limit.An enforceable procedure or level of technical performance which public water systems must follow to ensure control of a contaminant.Notes 1 Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) . and which allows for a proper margin of safety.9% killed/inactivated Viruses: 99. 10 Fecal coliform and E. as follows: • Acrylamide = 0. The margins of safety in MCLGs ensure that exceeding the MCL slightly does not pose significant risk to public health. to the state (using third-party or manufacturer's certification) that when acrylamide and epichlorohydrin are used in drinking water systems.015mg/L. There cannot be any fecal coliforms.5 NTU for conventional or direct filtration) in at least 95% of the daily samples in any month. 4 Units are in milligrams per Liter (mg/L) unless otherwise noted. • Turbidity: At no time can turbidity (cloudiness of water) go above 5 nephelolometric turbidity units (NTU). Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 30 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . 5 MCLGs were not established before the 1986 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. there is no MCLG for this contaminant.0% samples total coliform-positive in a month. (For water systems that collect fewer than 40 routine samples per month. the combination (or product) of dose and monomer level does not exceed the levels specified. and for lead is 0. 3 Treatment Technique . or other symptoms. Therefore. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human animal wastes. 7 Each water system must certify. headaches. Every sample that has total coliforms must be analyzed for fecal coliforms.3 mg/L. MCLGs are nonenforceable public health goals. Legionella will also be controlled. MCLs are enforceable standards.The maximum permissible level of a contaminant in water which is delivered to any user of a public water system. 2 Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) . for copper is 1. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea. but EPA believes that if Giardia and viruses are inactivated. The action level. no more than one sample can be total coliform-positive).The maximum level of a contaminant in drinking water at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health effect of persons would occur.01% dosed at 20 mg/L (or equivalent) 8 The Surface Water Treatment Rule requires systems using surface water or ground water under the direct influence of surface water to (1) disinfect their water. • HPC: NO more than 500 bacterial colonies per milliliter. systems that filter must ensure that the turbidity go no higher than 1 NTU (0.05% dosed at 1 mg/L (or equivalent) • Epichlorohydrin = 0.

and other exposure routes may cause giardiasis. Ground Water Disinfection Rule (GWDR). Exposures are calculated as the amount of chemical available for absorption by a person. person-to-person contact. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 31 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . II. targeting likely sources for further investigation. and cramps. The process of identifying and inventorying contaminant sources within delineated source water protection areas through recording existing data. Cryptosporidium A protozoan associated with the disease cryptosporidiosis in humans. describing sources within the source water protection area. collecting and interpreting new information on existing or potential sources through surveys. fatigue. and other activities to encourage public water system compliance and protection of public health. The disease can be transmitted through ingestion of drinking water. A public water system that serves at least 15 service connections used by year-round residents of the area served by the system or regularly serves at least 25 year-round residents. Class V Underground Injection Control (UIC) Rule. vomiting. ground water systems. and fever that last 1-2 weeks in healthy adults. Under section 1452 of the SDWA. but may be chronic or fatal in immuno-compromised people. III or IV in which nonhazardous fluids are injected into or above underground sources of drinking water. ". the Administrator shall also promulgate national primary drinking water regulations requiring disinfection as a treatment technique for all public water systems. The symptoms of this gastrointestinal disease may persist for weeks or months and include diarrhea. Giardia lamblia A protozoan. exposure from person-to-person contact." Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL). Under section 107 of the SDWA Amendments of 1996. associated with the disease giardiasis. . Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) The maximum level of a contaminant in drinking water at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health effect of persons would occur. which can survive in water for 1 to 3 months." MCLs are enforceable standards. A rule under development covering wells not included in Class I. including surface water systems. Contamination Source Inventory. Cryptosporidiosis may cause acute diarrhea. Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). In the SDWA.Safe Drinking Water Act Terms Community Water System (CWS). to enhance operations and management of drinking water systems. Ingestion of this protozoan in contaminated drinking water. and which allows for an adequate margin of safety. and as necessary. the statute reads. abdominal pain. Exposure Contact between a person and a chemical. an MCL is defined as "the maximum permissible level of a contaminant in water which is delivered to any user of a public water system. . MCLGs are non-enforceable public health goals. source water protection. and verifying accuracy and reliability of the information gathered. or other exposure routes. the EPA awards capitalization grants to states to develop drinking water revolving loan funds to help finance drinking water system infrastructure improvements.

1989. there must be hazard and there must be exposure. Radiation can cause adverse health effects. The 8 VOCs regulated under this rule are: Benzene. The SDWA was amended in 1986 and again in 1996. Risk The potential for harm to people exposed to chemicals.1-dichloroethylene. which results from interferences in the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. SDWA . para-dichlorobenzene. generally used in expressions of water use.Nephelolometric Turbidity Units. Carbon Tetrachloride. 1. trichloroethylene. Non-Community water systems to monitor for and. Turbidity is the cloudiness in water.1. The Safe Drinking Water Act was first passed in 1974 and established the basic requirements under which the nation’s public water supplies were regulated. or blue baby syndrome. Organics Chemical molecules that contain carbon and other elements such as hydrogen. Phase I Contaminants The Phase I Rule became effective on January 9. Per capita Per person. and others. and 1. pesticides. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for setting the national drinking water regulations while individual states are responsible for ensuring that public water systems under their jurisdiction are complying with the regulations. such as cancer. Primacy State. 2-trichlorethane.2-dichlorothane. treat their supplies for these chemicals. vinyl chloride. they emit radiation in the form of alpha or beta particles and gamma photons. gallons per capita per day (gpcd). so limits are placed on radionuclide concentrations in drinking water. (NTU) A unit of measure used to describe the turbidity of water. In order for there to be risk. Point-of-Use Water Treatment Refers to devices used in the home or office on a specific tap to provide additional drinking water treatment. A public water system that is not a community water system. and has the authority to enforce the law and related regulations.The Safe Drinking Water Act. if necessary. or VOC Rule. Non-Community Water System (NCWS). Organic contaminants of concern to drinking water include chlorohydrocarbons. As radionuclides decay. State that has the responsibility for ensuring a law is implemented. set water quality standards for 8 VOCs and required all community and Non-Transient. State has adopted rules at least as stringent as federal regulations and has been granted primary enforcement responsibility. Nitrates in drinking water are associated with methemoglobanemia. also called the Volatile Organic Chemical Rule. This rule. 1. Nitrates Inorganic compounds that can enter water supplies from fertilizer runoff and sanitary wastewater discharges. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 32 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Point-of-Entry Water Treatment Refers to devices used in the home where water pipes enter to provide additional treatment of drinking water used throughout the home. There are two types of NCWSs: transient and non-transient. Radionuclides Elements that undergo a process of natural decay.

In specific cases where EPA has determined it is not technically or economically feasible to establish an MCL. A treatment technique is an enforceable procedure or level of technical performance which public water systems must follow to ensure control of a contaminant. These systems typically are schools. and watershed protection criteria under which filtration may be avoided. The regulations also specify water quality. Transient/Non-Transient. viruses and Legionella. A facility or activity that stores. An analysis to determine. the EPA can instead specify a treatment technique. This analysis will assist the state in determining which potential sources of contamination are "significant. All information sources may be used. factories. State Source Water Petition Program. Transient non-community systems typically are restaurants. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 33 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . and promulgated filtration and disinfection requirements for public water systems using surface water sources or by ground water sources under the direct influence of surface water. The rule specifies maximum contaminant level goals for Giardia lamblia. Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR). territories) the flexibility to design and implement approaches to manage the use of certain pesticides to protect ground water. The surface area above a sole source aquifer and its recharge area. Source Water Protection Area (SWPA).Significant Potential Source of Contamination. uses. Sub watershed. Treatment Technique A specific treatment method required by the EPA to be used to control the level of a contaminant in drinking water. hotels. and that has the potential to release contaminants identified in a state program (contaminants with MCLs plus any others a state considers a health threat) within a source water protection area in an amount which could contribute significantly to the concentration of the contaminants in the source waters of the public water supply. States must inventory sources of contamination to the extent they have the technology and resources to complete an inventory for a Source Water Protection Area delineated as described in the guidance. states. Non-Community Water Systems (T/NT.NCWS). tribes and U. Susceptibility Analysis. The area delineated by the state for a PWS or including numerous PWSs. Water systems that are non-community systems: transient systems serve 25 non-resident persons per day for 6 months or less per year. Non-transient systems regularly serve at least 25 of the same non-resident persons per day for more than 6 months per year. etc. treatment. A state program implemented in accordance with the statutory language at section 1454 of the SDWA to establish local voluntary incentive-based partnerships for SWP and remediation. churches. Sole Source Aquifer (SSA) Designation. etc. the susceptibility of the public water systems in the source water protection area to contamination from these sources.g. or produces chemicals or elements. particularly previous Federal and state inventories of sources. State Management Plan (SMP) Program. large stores.S." To the Extent Practical. A state management plan under FIFRA required by the EPA to allow states (e. offices. A topographic boundary that is the perimeter of the catchment area of a tributary of a stream. with a clear understanding of where the significant potential sources of contamination are located. whether the source is ground water or surface water or both. as part of the state SWAP approved by the EPA under section 1453 of the SDWA.

supplying a PWS. The program is designed to prevent underground injection which endangers drinking water sources. Native American lands. taking into consideration both ground and surface water flow.S. Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA).Total Coliform Bacteria that are used as indicators of fecal contaminants in drinking water. Toxicity The property of a chemical to harm people who come into contact with it. Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program. Watershed Area. from which overland flow drains to the intake. through which contaminants are reasonably likely to move toward and reach such water well or well field.The surface and subsurface area surrounding a well or well field. Watershed. A topographic area that is within a line drawn connecting the highest points uphill of a drinking water intake. The program applies to injection well owners and operators on Federal facilities. Watershed Approach. A watershed approach is a coordinating framework for environmental management that focuses public and private sector efforts to address the highest priority problems within hydrologically-defined geographic areas. and on all U. A topographic boundary area that is the perimeter of the catchment area of a stream. land and territories. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 34 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

In some places. Well with a mineral oil sealed vertical turbine pump Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 35 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . its rate of flow can be relatively fast but this is exceptional. Contaminated wells used for drinking water are especially dangerous. to water to irrigate crops to industrial processing water. Groundwater is withdrawn from wells to provide water for everything from drinking water for the home and business. Groundwater flows slowly through water-bearing formations (aquifers) at different rates. where groundwater has dissolved limestone to form caverns and large openings. When water is pumped from the ground.Groundwater and Wells A well can be easily contaminated if it is not properly constructed or if toxic materials are released into the well. Toxic material spilled or dumped near a well can leach into the aquifer and contaminate the groundwater drawn from that well. the dynamics of groundwater flow change in response to this withdrawal. Wells can be tested to see what chemicals may be present in dangerous quantities.

Porous media such as sandstone may become so highly cemented or recrystalized that all of the original space is filled. if it contains cracks it can still act as a fractured aquifer. Examples of fractured aquifers include granite and basalt. however. or sometimes artesian aquifers. joints or fractures in otherwise solid rock. Therefore. but here the cracks and fractures may be enlarged by solution. rises higher than the top of the aquifer because of confining pressure. and eventually drains into streams. In this case. the rock is no longer a porous medium. The entire region below the water table is called the saturated zone. A well in such an aquifer is called an artesian well. has many spaces between its grains. Unconfined aquifers are those that are bounded by the water table. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 36 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Limestone terrain where solution has been very active is termed karst. These are called confined aquifers. Some very porous materials are not permeable. lakes and the oceans. Limestones are often fractured aquifers. If the water level rises above the ground surface a flowing artesian well occurs. Most of the aquifers of importance to us are unconsolidated porous media such as sand and gravel. but the spaces are not large enough to permit free movement of water. lie beneath layers of impermeable materials. Like surface water. and water in this saturated zone is called groundwater. The piezometric surface is the level to which the water in an artesian aquifer will rise. however. rivers. The water in these wells. groundwater may move in different directions below the ground than the water flowing on the surface. Fractured aquifers are rocks in which the groundwater moves through cracks. groundwater flows toward. However. Clay. forming large channels or even caverns. it does not always mirror the flow of water on the surface. Groundwater usually flows downhill with the slope of the water table. Groundwater flow in the aquifers underlying surface drainage basins. Some aquifers. Here the spaces in the rock and soil contain both air and water. Above the water table lies the unsaturated zone. The level below which all the spaces are filled with water is called the water table. Water in this zone is called soil moisture. for instance.Many terms are used to describe the nature and extent of the groundwater resource.

snow. 2. we must treat the water for human consumption. Water will be collected as surface supplies or circulate to form in the ground. 4. Once the precipitation begins water is no longer in its purest form. Evaporation: The process by which the water or other liquids become a gas. 6. Infiltration: The gradual flow or movement of water into and through the pores of the soil. Because of this. Runoff: Water that drains from a saturated or impermeable surface into stream channels or other surface water areas. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 37 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Condensation: The collection of the evaporated water in the atmosphere. 3. Transpiration: Moisture that will come from plants as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Precipitation: The process by which atmospheric moisture falls on to the land or water surface as rain. Water Cycle Terms 1. Most lakes and rivers are formed this way. and inorganic compounds. hail or other forms of moisture.Water Sources Before we discuss the types of treatment it is easier to first understand how the source of water arrives. As it becomes rain or snow it may be polluted with organisms. 5. organic compounds.

wild animals and people. it is important to remember that activities many miles away from you may affect the quality of ground water. lake.Where Does Drinking Water Come From? A clean. coffee makers and taps and appears as a scum or film on tea and coffee. nitrates. Most of these substances are of natural origin and are picked up as water passes round the water cycle. they come from farm animals. Although water suppliers have removed most of the original lead piping from the mains distribution system. constant supply of drinking water is essential to every community. Some are present due to the treatment processes which are used make the water suitable for drinking and cooking. and reservoirs. Lead Lead does not usually occur naturally in water supplies but is derived from lead distribution and domestic pipework and fittings. industry. People in large cities frequently drink water that comes from surface water sources. Temporary hardness comes out of the water when it's heated and is deposited as scale and fur on kettles. many older properties still have lead service pipes and internal lead pipework. such as lakes. sulphates and bicarbonates. Your annual drinking water quality report will tell you where your water supplier gets your water. Particles and rust These come from the gradual breakdown of the lining of concrete or iron mains water pipes or from sediment which has accumulated over the years and is disturbed in some way. when you think about where your drinking water comes from. it's important to consider not just the part of the river or lake that you can see. The water will also contain a relatively low level of bacteria which is not generally a risk to health Insecticides and herbicides (sometimes referred to as pesticides) Are widely used in agriculture. Your water will normally contain chlorine and varying amounts of dissolved minerals including calcium. Sometimes these sources are close to the community. As with surface water. These are usually referred to as 'contaminants'. Water Hardness There are two types of hardness: temporary and permanent. copper. magnesium and sodium. Other times. drinking water suppliers get their water from sources many miles away. insecticides and herbicides although the maximum amounts of all these substances are strictly limited by the regulations. Cysts are rarely present in the public water supply. or may span the borders of many states. aluminium. In either case. The watershed is the land area over which water flows into the river. leisure facilities and gardens to control weeds and insect pests and may enter the water cycle in many ways. Permanent hardness is unaffected by heating. Aluminium Aluminium salts are added during water treatment to remove color and suspended solids. It is also not uncommon to find traces of iron. not the water supplier. chlorides. depending on its source. manganese. Cysts These are associated with the reproductive stages of parasitic micro-organisms (protozoans) which can cause acute diarrhea type illnesses. They are very resistant to normal disinfection processes but can be removed by advanced filtration processes installed in water treatment works. people are more likely to drink ground water that was pumped from a well. The pipework (including the service pipe) within the boundary of the property is the responsibility of the owner of the property. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 38 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . rivers. These wells tap into aquifers--the natural reservoirs under the earth's surface--that may be only a few miles wide. or reservoir. but the entire watershed. In rural areas.

a contaminant may enter the aquifer some distance upgradient from you and still move towards your well. etc. etc. Groundwater originates as precipitation that sinks into the ground. stormwater runoff. C) Perform a contaminant use inventory. for example less than 50-75 feet. the water may dissolve some of that contaminant and carry it to the aquifer. For shallow wells. The theory is that management of land use around the well. potential contaminants are widespread and often come from common everyday activities as well. etc. medical institutions. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 39 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . it takes only a very small amount of some chemicals in drinking water to raise health concerns. For example. Some of this water percolates down to the water table (shallowest surface of the groundwater) and recharges the aquifer. auto repair shops. beauty shops. but it is not readily accessible or extractable everywhere.g. D) Create a management plan for the protection zone. Giardia. by managing the land uses around the wellfield. It occurs in the natural open spaces (e. a common solvent. Groundwater moves from areas where the water table is high to where the water table is low. one gallon of pure trichloroethylene. will help to minimize damage to subsurface water supplies by spills or improper use of chemicals. pesticides. Wellhead Protection Wellhead protection refers to programs designed to maintain the quality of groundwater used as public drinking water sources. Although it is common practice to associate contamination with highly visible features such as landfills. inorganic chemicals (nitrate. will contaminate approximately 292 million gallons of water. gas stations. and over water moving (underground) toward the well.). If the downward percolating precipitation encounters any source of contamination. Groundwater is distributed fairly evenly throughout the crust of the earth. E) Plan for the future. pesticides applied to highway right-of-ways. at the surface or below it. the recharge area is often the immediate vicinity around the well or "wellhead. Wellhead Protection Sequence A) Build a community-wide planning team. metals. etc. lawn and garden chemicals. increasing the tendency for water to move towards the well. industry or agriculture." Some wells are recharged in areas that may be a great distance from the well itself. it lowers the water table in the immediate vicinity of the well. When a well is pumping.). Contaminants can be conveniently lumped into three categories: microorganisms (bacteria. dry cleaners. The concept usually includes several stages. Importantly. fractures or pore spaces between grains) in sediments and rocks below the surface. such as septic systems. viruses. arsenic..Source Water Quality Groundwater Groundwater contributes most of all of the water that is derived from wells or springs. More than 90 percent of the world's total supply of drinkable water is groundwater. B) Delineate geologically the protection zone. Consequently. photo processing labs. fuels.) and organic chemicals (solvents.

algae. Surface water is usually contaminated and unsafe to drink. Biological characteristics are the presence of living or dead organisms. metals. temperature. Riparian: Water rights because property is adjacent to a river or surface water. temperature. Water is known as the universal solvent because most substances that come in contact with it will dissolve. turbidity. some lakes and rivers receive discharge from sewer facilities or defective septic tanks. What’s the difference between lakes and reservoirs? Reservoirs are lakes with man-made dams. Depending on the region. The consumer relates it to scaling of faucets or staining. This could be associated with atomic energy. The discharge from industry could increase volatile organic compounds. leaves. and turbidity. Prescriptive: Rights based upon legal prescription or long use or custom. Quality of Water Here are the different classifications or the way water characteristics change as it passes on the surface and below the ground it would be in four categories: Physical characteristics such as taste. Runoff could produce mud. Chemical characteristics are the elements found that are considered alkali. and non metals such as fluoride. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 40 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Some lakes and reservoirs may experience seasonal turnover. and some will collect as runoff to form streams and rivers that will then flow into the ocean. and human and animal refuse. This will also interact with the chemical composition of the water. Radiological characteristics are the result of water coming in contact with radioactive materials. odor. the rotten egg smell. Changes in the dissolved oxygen. suspended solids. The consumer will become sick or complain about hydrogen sulfide odors. Surface Water Some of the rainwater will be immediately impounded in lakes and reservoirs.Water Rights Appropriative: Acquired water rights for exclusive use. decayed vegetation. this is how the consumer judges how well the provider is treating the water. and carbon dioxide will change because of biological activities. sulfides or acids.

corrosion. source water may have several restrictions of use as part of a Water Shed Management Plan.Managing Water Quality at the Source Depending on the region. In some areas it may be restricted from recreational use. color. and toxicity. Depending on federal regulations and the amount of copper found natural in water. color. as algae absorb this energy it converts carbon dioxide to oxygen. Another aspect of quality control is aquatic plants. The ecological balance in lakes and reservoirs plays a natural part in the purification and sustaining the life of the lake. The type of algae determines the problem it will cause for instance slime. or industrial and wastewater discharge. With out sun light. discharge or runoff from agriculture. Disinfection Byproducts (DBPS) Disinfection byproducts form when disinfectants added to drinking water to kill germs react with naturally-occurring organic matter in water. and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of EPA's standard over many years may experience problems with their liver. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 41 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Algae can be controlled by using chemicals such as copper sulfate. Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC or GAC) and Chlorine. This creates aerobic conditions that supply fish with oxygen. Most treatment plant upsets such as taste and odor. Algae growth is supplied by the energy of the sun. Depending on the pH(Power of Hydrogen) and alkalinity of the water will determine how these chemicals will react. The lack of dissolved oxygen in water is known as anaerobic conditions. Algae growth is the result of photosynthesis. Too much algae will imbalance the lake and this will result to fish kill. Total Trihalomethanes. operators have used Potassium Permanganate. the algae would consume oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Certain vegetation removes the excess nutrients that would promote the growth of algae. or central nervous systems. kidneys. and filter clogging is due to algae. Most systems no longer use Chlorine because it reacts with the organics in the water to form Trihalomethanes. For example algae and rooted aquatic plants are essential in the food chain of fish and birds.

. reduce health risks.Water Treatment For thousands of years. color. or it may be purified by filtration through sand and coarse gravel and then allowed to cool. fluoride. When selecting among the different treatment options. radium. medical lore of India advised. As early as 2000 B. configuration of the existing system. Large surface water impound Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 42 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . people have treated water intended for drinking to remove particles of solid matter. viruses and bacteria) and low levels of a large number of organic chemicals. operating requirements and future needs of the service area. cost. characteristics of the raw water. radon and nitrate) and a number of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that have recently been detected in localized areas.C. microbiological contaminants (Giardia. odor. or being heated in the sun or by dipping a heated iron into it. the water supplier must consider a number of factors. and taste. Groundwater contaminants include naturally occurring inorganic chemicals (such as arsenic.” The treatment needs of a water system are likely to differ depending on whether the system uses a groundwater or surface water source. Common surface water contaminants include turbidity. and improve aesthetic qualities such as appearance. “Impure water should be purified by being boiled over a fire. These include regulatory requirements.

Bar screens are made of straight steel bars at the intake of the plant.Preliminary Treatment Most lakes and reservoirs are not free of logs. weeds. Wire mesh screens are woven stainless steel material and the opening of the fabric is narrow. The type of screening used depends on the raw water and the size of intake. The best way to protect the plant is screening. leaves. Mechanical bar screen Non-automated bar screen 43 . tree limbs. this will cause problems to the treatment plants pumps and equipment. Mechanical bar screens very in size and use some type of raking mechanism that travels horizontally down the bars to scrap the debris off. sand and rocks. The spacing of the horizontal bars will rank the size. Both require manual cleaning. and trash. sticks. If not removed. gravel.

This will damage plant equipment and pipes. sand and grit are still present. Sedimentation basins are also used after the flocculation process. It could have a screw conveyor or traveling bridge used to collect the sludge. Clarifiers Let’s first look at the components of a rectangular clarifier. The most common is a chain and flight collector. Most designs will have baffles to prevent short-circuiting and scum from entering the effluent. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 44 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Most are designed with scrapers on the bottom to move the settled sludge to one or more hoppers at the influent end of the tank.Pre-Sedimentation Once the water passes the bar screens. This is generally done with clarifiers shaped in either rectangular or round shapes.

They move the settled sludge to the hopper in the clarifier for return and they also remove the scum from the surface of the clarifier. The drive chain turns the drive sprockets and the head shafts.Flights and Chains The most important thing to consider is the sludge and scum collection mechanism. The shoes are usually metal and travel across a metal track. If a heavy load is put on the sludge collector system then the shear pin should break. Some clarifiers may not have scum removal equipment so the configuration of the shaft may very. Remember that the gear moves the drive chain. the “flights and chains”. This means that the gear would simply slide around the shaft and movement of the drive chain would stop. The shear pin holds the gear solidly on the shaft so that no slippage occurs. Rectangular basin flights and chains Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 45 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . To prevent damage do to overloads. The shafts can be located overhead or below. As the flights travel across the bottom of the clarifier. The flights are usually wood or nonmetallic flights mounted on parallel chains. wearing shoes are used to protect the flights. a shear pin is used. The motor shaft is connected through a gear reducer to a shaft which turns the drive chain.

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Circular clarifier and collector mechanism Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 47 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Scrapers The most common type has a center pier or column. The diagram below shows a typical circular clarifier. the sludge collector mechanism.Clarifiers In some circular or square tanks rotating scrapers are used. The major mechanic parts of the clarifier are the drive unit. and the scum removal system.

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at about 14 gpm per square foot (34m/hr) of filter bed area that lasts about 10 minutes. Light. filtration occurs only within the first few inches of the finer grains at the top of the bed. Turbidity washes out of the filter bed as the filter media particles scour one another. A depth filter has four layers of filtration media. Traditional treatments rely on expensive. Backwash is an up flow operation. Particles are trapped throughout the bed. Traditional filter systems use graded silica sand filter media. coarse material lies at the top of the filter bed. The conventional process uses alum (aluminum sulfate) and cationic polymer to neutralize the charge. That allows a depth filter to run substantially longer and use less backwash water than a traditional sand filter. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 49 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . The down flow rinse settles the bed before the filter returns to service. As suspended particles accumulate in a filter bed. Since the sand grains all have about the same density. That allows suspended particles to clump together to form more easily filtered particles. Suspended particles carry an electrical charge which causes them to repel one another. The media become progressively finer and denser in the lower layers. The reconditioning cycle consists of an up flow backwash followed by a down flow rinse. the filter should be reconditioned. Operating beyond this pressure drop increases the chance of fouling .called "mud-balling" . As a result. Fast rinse lasts about 5 to 10 minutes. When the pressure difference between filter inlet and outlet increases by 5 .10 psi (34 to 68 kPa) from the beginning of the cycle. larger grains lay toward the bottom of the filter bed and finer grains lay at the top of the filter bed. the pressure drop through the filter increases. construction-intensive processes with lengthy times.Conventional Treatment Improving the clarity of surface water has always presented a challenge because source quality varies. not in just the top few inches.within the filter. Conventional technology uses a 30 to 50 mg/L alum dosage to form a large floc that requires extensive retention time to permit settling. each of different size and density. Larger suspended particles are removed by the upper layers while smaller particles are removed in the lower layers. Alum combines with alkalinity in the raw water to form a white precipitate that neutralizes suspended particles' electrical charge and forms a base for coagulating those particles.

If an operator is present to make adjustments for variations in the raw water. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 50 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Feeding chemicals such as alum (aluminum sulfate). by 90% compared with filtration alone. allowing the particles to cling to one another and to the filter media. clear wells. package plants are usually built in a factory. measured in NTU. but without the construction costs and space requirements associated with separately constructed sedimentation basins. Chemical pretreatment may increase filtered water clarity. and transported virtually assembled to the operation site. In addition to the conventional filtration processes. mounted on skids. or a cationic polymer neutralizes the charge. Flocculation and Filtration all with in a 20 foot area Package Plants Representing a slight modification of conventional filtration technology. filter beds. These are appropriate for small community systems where full water treatment is desired. filtered water clarity improvements in the range of 93 to 95% are achievable.Chemical pretreatment is often used to enhance filter performance. particularly when turbidity includes fine colloidal particles. ferric chloride. Small water treatment package plant Coagulation. Suspended particles are usually electrically charged. etc. package plants are found as two types: tubetype clarifiers and adsorption clarifiers.

As well. commonly called alum. and they stay suspended in water. the chemically treated water is sent into a basin where the suspended particles can collide. Aluminum Sulfate is the most widely used coagulant in water treatment. and in the process. Coagulant chemicals such as "alum" (aluminum sulphate) work by neutralizing the negative charge. Coagulation is the process of joining together particles in water to help remove organic matter. This is primarily due to a negative charge on the surface of the particles. new chemicals have been developed which combine the properties of alum-type coagulants and cationic polymers. Other coagulants are called "cationic polymers". this is the most prevalent form of water treatment technology in use today. Coagulation is necessary to meet the current regulations for almost all potable water plants using surface water. which allows the particles to come together.Rapid Sand Filtration Also known as rapid-sand filtration. Coagulant chemicals are required since colloidal particles by themselves have tendency to stay suspended in water and not settle out. Several recent studies have shown that bacteria and viral agents are attached to organic and inorganic particulates. The resulting larger particles will be removed by filtration. Aluminum Sulfate is also excellent for removing nutrients such as phosphorous in wastewater treatment. Liquid Aluminum Sulfate is a 48. as follows: Coagulation At the Water Treatment Plant. the fine particles must be coagulated. When solid matter is too small to be removed by a depth filter. Flocculation The process of bringing together destabilized or coagulated particles to form larger masses which can be settled and/or filtered out of the water being treated. their charge per volume is significant. and form heavier particles called “floc”. All matter has a residual surface charge to a certain degree. or "stuck together" to form larger particles which can be filtered. This filtration process employs a combination of physical and chemical processes in order to achieve maximum effectiveness. Hence. removal of these particulates by conventional coagulation and filtration is a major component of effective treatment for the removal of pathogens. But since colloidal particles are so small. which follows the rapid mixing. form a larger particle. In this process. is added to the water in the "flash mix" to cause microscopic impurities in the water to clump together. Which chemical is used depends on the application. and will usually be chosen by the engineer designing the water treatment system. which can be thought of as positively charged strings that attract the particles to them. Bacterial removals of 99% are also achievable. Large microorganisms including algae and amoebic cysts are readily removed by coagulation and filtration. More than 98% of poliovirus type 1 was removed by conventional coagulation and filtration. the like charges on the particles repel each other. The alum and the water are mixed rapidly by the flash mixer. aluminum sulfate. Gentle agitation of the water and appropriate detention times (the length of time water remains in the basin) help facilitate this process. agglomerate (stick together). This is achieved through the use of coagulant chemicals. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 51 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .86% solution. Therefore.

will also remove turbidity. Following flocculation. can settle out by gravity. silica sand. and fabrics. Sludge Zone D. heavy silt) reducing solid removal loads. but would not be recommended for that purpose only. Inlet Zone B. or plastic material are also common and are often much smaller and cheaper and are disposable. Outlet Zone Shapes for a Sedimentation Basin A. Settling Zone C. The water flows by gravity through large filters of anthracite coal. paper. During sedimentation. taste and color. granular synthetic material. Sedimentation Basin Zones A. gravity holds the material in place and the flow is downwards. Filters for suspended particle removal can also be made of graded sand. Pre-Sedimentation Depending on the quality of the source water. bacteria and other microorganisms are caught in the floc structure." As these floc particles mix in the water. In these units. The filter is periodically cleaned by a reversal of flow and the discharge of back flushed water into a drain. Rectangular Basins B. Filtration A water treatment step used to remove turbidity. Once settled.The water is slowly mixed in contact chambers allowing the coagulated particles to become larger and stronger and is now called "floc. the velocity of the water is decreased so that the suspended material. Circular Basins C. odor. Cartridge filters made of fabric. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 52 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Square Basins D. some plants have pre-sedimentation. garnet and gravel. A. screens of various materials. Filters are available in several ratings depending on the size of particles to be removed. Double deck Basins Sedimentation The process of suspended solid particles settling out (going to the bottom of the vessel) in water. dissolved organics. including flocculated particles. The floc particles are removed in these filters. described earlier. The most widely used are rapid-sand filters in tanks. the particles combine to form a sludge that is later removed from the bottom of the basin. To allow larger particles time to settle in a reservoir or lake (sand. B. Provides an equalization basin which evens out fluctuations in concentrations of suspended solids. The rate of filtration can be adjusted to meet water consumption needs. Activated carbon filters. a sedimentation step may be used.

With most of the larger particles settled out, the water now goes to the filtration process. At a rate of between 2 and 10 gpm per square foot, the water is filtered through an approximate 36" bed of graded sand. Anthracite coal or activated carbon may also be included in the sand to improve the filtration process, especially for the removal of organic contaminants, taste, and odor problems. The filtration process removes the following types of particles Silts and clay Colloids Biological forms Floc Four desirable characteristics of filter media A. Good hydraulic characteristics (permeable) B. Does not react with substances in the water (inert and easy to clean) C. Hard and durable D. Free of impurities and is insoluble in water Evaluation of overall filtration process performance should be conducted on a routine basis, at least once per day. Poor chemical treatment can often result in either early turbidity breakthrough or rapid head loss buildup. The more uniform the media, the slower head loss buildup. All the water treatment plants that use surface water are governed by the U.S. EPA’s Surface Water Treatment Rules or SWTR. Direct Filtration Plant vs. Conventional Plant The only difference is that the sedimentation process or step is omitted from the Direct Filtration plant. Declining Rate Filters The flow rate will vary with head loss. Each filter operates at the same rate, but can have a variable water level. This system requires an effluent control structure (weir) to provide adequate media submergence. Detention Time Is the actual time required for a small amount of water to pass through a sedimentation basin at a given rate of flow, or the calculated time required for a small amount of liquid to pass through a tank at a given rate of flow. Detention Time = (Basin Volume, Gallons) (24 Hours/day) Flow, Gallons/day Disinfection Chlorine is added to the water at the flash mix for pre-disinfection. The chlorine kills or inactivates harmful microorganisms. Chlorine is added again after filtration for post-disinfection.

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Jar Testing (More information later in manual)
Jar testing traditionally has been done on a routine basis in most water treatment plants to control the coagulant dose. Much more information, however, can be obtained with only a small modification in the conventional method of jar testing. It is the quickest and most economical way to obtain good reliable data on the many variables which affect the treatment process. These include: 1. Determination of most effective coagulant. 2. Determination of optimum coagulation pH for the various coagulants. 3. Evaluation of most effective polymers. 4. Optimum point of application of polymers in treatment train. 5. Optimum sequence of application of coagulants, polymers and pH adjustment chemicals. 6. Best flocculation time. pH Expression of a basic or acid condition of a liquid. The range is from 0-14, zero being the most acid and 14 being the most alkaline. A pH of 7 is considered to be neutral. Most natural water has a pH between 6.0 and 8.5. Caustic (NaOH) also called Sodium Hydroxide is a strong chemical used in the treatment process to neutralize acidity, increase alkalinity or raise the pH value. Polymer A type of chemical when combined with other types of coagulants aid in binding small suspended particles to larger particles to help in the settling and filtering processes. Post Chlorine Where the water is chlorinated to make sure to hold a residual in the distribution system. Pre Chlorine Where the raw water is dosed with a large concentration of chlorine. Prechlorination: The addition of chlorine before the filtration process will help: A. Control algae and slime growth B. Control mud ball formation C. Improve coagulation D. Precipate iron Raw Turbidity The turbidity of the water coming to the treatment plant from the raw water source. Settled Solids Solids that have been removed from the raw water by the coagulation and settling processes. Hydrofluosilicic Acid (H2SiF6) a clear, fuming corrosive liquid with a pH ranging from 1 to 1.5. Used in water treatment to fluoridate drinking water.

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Corrosion Control The pH of the water is adjusted with sodium carbonate, commonly called soda ash. Soda ash is fed into the water after filtration. Zinc Orthophosphate A chemical used to coat the pipes in the distribution system to inhibit corrosion. Taste and Odor Control Powdered activated carbon (PAC) is occasionally added for taste and odor control. PAC is added to the flash mix. Water Quality Water testing is conducted throughout the treatment process. Items like turbidity, pH and chlorine residual are monitored and recorded continuously. Some items are tested several times per day, some once per quarter and others once per year. Sampling Collect the water sample at least 6 inches under the surface by plunging the container mouth down into the water and turning the mouth towards the current by dragging the container slowly horizontal. Care should be taken not to disturb the bottom of the water source or along the sides so as not to stir up any settled solids. This would create erroneous errors. Chemical Feed and Rapid Mix Chemicals are added to the water in order to improve the subsequent treatment processes. These may include pH adjusters and coagulants. Coagulants are chemicals, such as alum, that neutralize positive or negative charges on small particles, allowing them to stick together and form larger particles that are more easily removed by sedimentation (settling) or filtration. A variety of devices, such as baffles, static mixers, impellers, and in-line sprays can be used to mix the water and distribute the chemicals evenly. Short Circuiting Short Circuiting is a condition that occurs in tanks or basins when some of the water travels faster than the rest of the flowing water. This is usually undesirable since it may result in shorter contact, reaction, or settling times in comparison with the presumed detention times. Tube Settlers This modification of the conventional process contains many metal “tubes” that are placed in the sedimentation basin, or clarifier. These tubes are approximately 1 inch deep and 36 inches long, split-hexagonal shape, and installed at an angle or 60 degrees or less. These tubes provide for a very large surface area upon which particles may settle as the water flows upwards. The slope of the tubes facilitates gravity settling of the solids to the bottom of the basin, where they can be collected and removed. The large surface settling area also means that adequate clarification can be obtained with detention times of 15 minutes or less. As with conventional treatment, this sedimentation step is followed by filtration through mixed media.

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Adsorption Clarifiers: The concept of the adsorption clarifier package plant was developed in the early 1980’s. This technology uses an up flow clarifier with low-density plastic bead media, usually held in place by a screen. This adsorption media is designed to enhance the sedimentation/ clarification process by combining flocculation and sedimentation into one step. In this step, turbidity is reduced by adsorption of the coagulated and flocculated solids onto the adsorption media and onto the solids already adsorbed onto the media. Air scouring cleans adsorption clarifiers followed by water flushing. Cleaning of this type of clarifier is initiated more often than filter backwashing because the clarifier removes more solids. As with the tube-settler type of package plant, the sedimentation/ clarification process is followed by mixed-media filtration and disinfection to complete the water treatment. Clearwell: The final step in the conventional filtration process, the clear well provides temporary storage for the treated water. The two main purposes for this storage are to have filtered water available for backwashing the filter, and to provide detention time (or contact time) for the chlorine (or other disinfectant) to kill any microorganisms that may remain in the water.

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The EPA has determined that the presence of microbiological contaminants is a health concern. and at least 50 deaths were attributed to the cryptosporidiosis outbreak.500 small water systems which serve fewer than 10. This rule also establishes filter backwash requirements for certain public water systems of all sizes. The 1996 Amendments to SDWA require The EPA to promulgate an Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (IESWTR) and a Stage 1 Disinfection Byproducts Rule (announced in December 1998).000 were hospitalized. possibly jaundice. This rule proposes to extend protections against Cryptosporidium and other disease-causing microbes to the 11. Cryptosporidiosis may manifest itself as a severe infection that can last several weeks and may cause the death of individuals with compromised immune systems.000 people in Milwaukee to experience intestinal illness. LT1 Provisions . The EPA has set enforceable drinking water treatment requirements to reduce the risk of waterborne disease outbreaks. and fall into the three following categories: Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 57 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . The LT1FBR proposal builds on those standards by extending the requirements to small systems.000 people. cramps. Physical removal is critical to the control of Cryptosporidium because it is highly resistant to standard disinfection practice. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and Filter Backwash Rule (LT1FBR) to increase protection of finished drinking water supplies from contamination by Cryptosporidium and other microbial pathogens. The current proposed rule includes provisions addressing both of these requirements. This rule will apply to public water systems using surface water or ground water under the direct influence of surface water. disease outbreaks may result.000 people annually. In 1993. Background The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires the EPA to set enforceable standards to protect public health from contaminants which may occur in drinking water.S. The 1996 Amendments also require the EPA to promulgate a Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (for systems serving less than 10. More than 4.000 people) by November.Apply to systems serving fewer than 10. 2000 ((1412(b)(14)). nausea. and headaches and fatigue. What will the LT1FBR require? The LT1FBR provisions will apply to public water systems using surface water or ground water under the direct influence of surface water systems. The filter backwash requirements will reduce the potential risks associated with recycling contaminants removed during the filtration process. Treatment technologies such as filtration and disinfection can remove or inactivate microbiological contaminants. Disease symptoms may include diarrhea. The IESWTR set the first drinking water standards to control Cryptosporidium in large water systems. If finished water supplies contain microbiological contaminants. by establishing filtration and monitoring requirements for systems serving more than 10.EPA Filter Backwash Rule The U.000 people each. 2000 ((1412(b)(2)(C)) and also required the EPA to “promulgate a regulation to govern the recycling of filter backwash water within the treatment process of a public water system” by August. Cryptosporidium caused over 400.

• If a system considers making a significant change to their disinfection practice they must develop a disinfection benchmark and receive State approval for implementing the change. Under the filtration basins are tunnels and complex machinery. thickener supernatant. gauges and pumps. FBR Provisions . The self assessment requires hydraulic flow monitoring and that certain data be reported to the State. thickener supernatant. and recycle spent filter backwash water. one-time recycle self assessment. • Direct filtration systems recycling to the treatment process must provide detailed recycle treatment information to the State. and liquids from dewatering process prior to the point of primary coagulant addition unless the State specifies an alternative location. Other Requirements • Finished water reservoirs for which construction begins after the effective date of the rule must be covered. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 58 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .Apply to all systems which recycle regardless of population served: • Recycle systems will be required to return spent filter backwash water. which may require modifications to recycle practice.Turbidity • Conventional and direct filtration systems must comply with specific combined filter effluent turbidity requirements. and/or liquids from dewatering process within the treatment process must perform a one month. • Conventional systems that practice direct recycle. • Conventional and direct filtration systems must comply with individual filter turbidity requirements. employ 20 or fewer filters to meet production requirements during a selected month. and • Unfiltered systems must comply with updated watershed control requirements that add Cryptosporidium as a pathogen of concern. and. be made to protect public health. Disinfection Benchmarking • Public water systems will be required to develop a disinfection profile unless they perform applicability monitoring which demonstrates their disinfection byproduct levels are less than 80% of the maximum contaminant levels. which may require that modifications to recycle practice be made.

to ingest food in an animal like manner. such as ponds and reservoirs. as is the green film found on the bark of trees. accumulation of floating green algae on the surface of stagnant or slowly moving waters. The more complex brown algae and red algae are chiefly saltwater forms. The green algae include most of the freshwater forms..g.. but some are differentiated for reproduction and for other functions. The cells of the colonies are generally similar.g. the more complex forms consist of many cells grouped in a spherical colony (e.Protoctista are pretty much all microscopic organisms. Volvox). Euglena and similar genera are free-swimming one-celled forms that contain chlorophyll but that are also able. the green color of the chlorophyll is masked by the presence of other pigments.000 species) and various Plankton Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 59 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .seaweeds and kelp -. Spirogyra). Green Algae (Gamophyta & Chlorophyta) 7000 species Red Algae (Rhodophyta) 4000 species such as this Coralline Alga (Calliarthron tuberculosum) Other species include Diatoms (Bacillariophyta. a green slime found in stagnant water. Fucus). the diatoms). under certain conditions.g. Kelps.. 10.g. is a green alga. With the exception of the larger Algae -. Blue-green algae have been grouped with other prokaryotes in the kingdom Monera and renamed cyanobacteria.Types of Algae The simplest algae are single cells (e. or in a branching thallus form (e. may attain a length of more than 200 ft (61 m). Pond scum. One of the commonest forms is Spirogyra.. in a ribbonlike filament (e. The pond scum. the largest algae.

too. They are microscopic and single celled Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 60 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Diatoms look like two shells that fit together. Its cells lack nuclei and its pigment is scattered. Green algae cells have nuclei and the pigment is distinct. Blue-green algae are not actually algae. they are bacteria. They are easy to spot because of their red eye. Green algae are the most common algae in ponds and can be multicellular. Dinoflagellates have a flagella and can swim in open waters.Major Algae Groups Blue-green algae are the slimy stuff. Euglenoids are microscopic and single celled. They are microscopic and single celled. Euglenoids are green or brown and swim with their flagellum.

Day care centers are another common source for spreading pathogens by the fecal-oral route. other methods exist for spreading pathogens by the fecal-oral route. dispersed and diluted into microscopic particles. A frequent source is a food handler who does not wash his hands after a bowel movement and then handles food with “unclean” hands. failing septic systems. How Diseases are Transmitted Cryptosporidium Pathogens that may cause waterborne outbreaks through drinking water have one thing in common: they are spread by the fecal-oral. The individual who eats fecescontaminated food may become infected and ill. Influenza virus and tuberculosis bacteria are spread by secretions that are coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. containing pathogens. failing sewage treatment plants or cross-connections of water lines with sewage lines provide the potential for contaminating water with pathogens. may remain in the water and be passed to humans or animals unless adequately treated. Human or animal wastes in watersheds. For another person to become infected. In addition to water. viruses and protozoa in their stool. Pathogens may get into water and spread when infected humans or animals pass the bacteria. viruses and protozoan that cause disease are known as pathogens. Here. infected children in diapers may get feces on their fingers. he or she must take that pathogen in through the mouth. They can cause illness through exposure to small quantities of contaminated water or food or from direct contact with infected people or animals. generally a few days to two weeks. route. Most pathogens are generally associated with diseases that cause intestinal illness and affect people in a relatively short amount of time. It is interesting to note the majority of foodborne diseases occur in the home.Waterborne Pathogens Bacteria. The foodborne route is one of the more common methods. or feces-to-mouth. Only proper treatment will ensure eliminating the spread of disease. The water may not appear to be contaminated because feces has been broken up. not restaurants. These particles. Waterborne pathogens are different from other types of pathogens such as the viruses that cause influenza (the flu) or the bacteria that cause tuberculosis. then put their fingers in a friend’s mouth or Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 61 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

E.” Medical treatment generally is not prescribed for campylobacteriosis because recovery is usually rapid. The general public and some of the medical community usually refer to diarrhea symptoms as “stomach flu. stomach flu is a misleading description for foodborne or waterborne illnesses. This contamination may be of human or animal origin. This depends on the temperature of the water and the length of time the pathogens are in the water. Chain of Transmission Water is contaminated with feces. Symptoms begin three to five days after exposure. Some pathogens will survive for only a short time in water. especially chicken and unpasteurized milk as well as unchlorinated water. Coli Bacteria Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 62 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . fever. Yersiniosis. Cholera. Salmonellosis. such as Giardia or Cryptosporidium. Bacterial Diseases Campylobacteriosis is the most common diarrhea illness caused by bacteria. Campylobacteriosis outbreaks have most often been associated with food. The water is either not treated or inadequately treated for the pathogens present. are other bacterial diseases that can be transmitted through water. no disease will result. may survive for months. This chain lists the events that must occur for the transmission of disease via drinking water. The pathogens must survive in the water. All bacteria in water are readily killed or inactivated with chlorine or other disinfectants. The pathogens in the water must enter the water system’s intake and in numbers sufficient to infect people. influenza is an upper respiratory illness and rarely has diarrhea associated with it. Legionellosis. others. malaise. A susceptible person must drink the water that contains the pathogen. These organisms are also an important cause of “travelers’ diarrhea. Other symptoms include abdominal pain. By breaking the chain at any point. the transmission of disease will be prevented. Shigellosis. So the next time you get the stomach flu.handle toys that other children put into their mouths. If the human or animal source is not infected with a pathogen. The feces must contain pathogens (disease-causing bacteria.” Technically. viruses or protozoa). nausea and vomiting. yet is accepted by the general public. Illness (disease) will occur. you may want to think twice about what you’ve digested within the past few days. therefore. The illness is frequently over within two to five days and usually lasts no more than 10 days.

to a severely disabling disease lasting several months (rare). loss of appetite. The incubation period is 15-50 days and averages 28-30 days. Hepatitis A outbreaks have been related to fecally contaminated water. food contaminated by infected food handlers. polio and viral gastroenteritis (Norwalk agent) are other viral diseases that can be transmitted through water. The disease varies in severity from a mild illness lasting one to two weeks. Aseptic meningitis. including sandwiches and salads that are not cooked or are handled after cooking.Viral-Caused Diseases Hepatitis A is an example of a common viral disease that may be transmitted through water. Norwalk Agent Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 63 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . nausea and abdominal discomfort. The onset is usually abrupt with fever. followed within a few days by jaundice. and raw or undercooked mollusks harvested from contaminated waters. Most viruses in drinking water can be inactivated by chlorine or other disinfectants. malaise.

Many infections are asymptomatic (no symptoms). Cryptosporidiosis Cryptosporidiosis is an example of a protozoan disease that is common worldwide but was only recently recognized as causing human disease. General malaise.” The cyst can survive in the environment for long periods of time and be extremely resistant to conventional disinfectants such as chlorine. Waterborne outbreaks in the United States occur most often in communities receiving their drinking water from streams or rivers without adequate disinfection or a filtration system. fever. Effective filtration treatment is therefore critical to removing these organisms from water sources. anorexia. nausea and vomiting occur less often. with a protective cell wall. than any other pathogen. Symptoms usually come and go.Protozoan Caused Diseases Protozoan pathogens are larger than bacteria and viruses but still microscopic. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 64 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Giardia lamblia. The organism. which may be profuse and watery. Giardiasis occurs worldwide. The incubation period is 1-12 days. The incubation period is 5-25 days or longer. Drugs are available for treatment but these are not 100% effective.S. bloating. The major symptom in humans is diarrhea. abdominal cramps. They invade and inhabit the gastrointestinal tract. with an average of about seven days. Some parasites enter the environment in a dormant form. with an average of 7-10 days. The diarrhea is associated with cramping abdominal pain. has been responsible for more community-wide outbreaks of disease in the U. It has also been referred to as “backpacker’s disease” and “beaver fever” because of the many cases reported among hikers and others who consume untreated surface water. fatigue and weight loss. Symptoms include chronic diarrhea. and end in fewer than 30 days in most cases. frequent loose and pale greasy stools. called a “cyst. Giardiasis is a commonly reported protozoan-caused disease.

Cryptosporidium organisms have been identified in human fecal specimens from more than 50 countries on six continents. The mode of transmission is fecal-oral. on occasion. All these diseases. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 65 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . have one symptom in common: diarrhea. either by person-to-person or animal-to-person. operated and maintained public water systems becomes obvious. There is no specific treatment for Cryptosporidium infections. For those who operate water systems with inadequate source protection or treatment facilities. whether through person-to-person or animal-to-person contact. fecal-oral. They also have the same mode of transmission. Particularly vulnerable are persons with weak immune systems such as those with HIV infections or cancer. they can cause serious. with the exception of hepatitis A. the potential risk of a waterborne disease outbreak is real. For those operating systems that currently provide adequate source protection and treatment. even life threatening illness. the goal of treatment must clearly be to produce drinking water that is as pathogen-free as possible at all times. operating and maintaining the system at a high level on a continuing basis is critical to prevent disease. and the same routes of transmission. being either foodborne or waterborne. self-limiting disease. the importance of properly constructed. By understanding the nature of waterborne diseases. While water treatment cannot achieve sterile water (no microorganisms). Although most pathogens cause mild.

abdominal pain — low mortality. nausea. and general weakness — lasts one week to months Cryptosporidiosis Cryptosporidium parvum Animal or human feces Diarrhea. (also. Hepatitis A Hepatitis A virus Human feces. coli organisms Typhoid Salmonella typhi (bacterium) Human feces. stomach pain — lasts (protozoan) days to weeks E. weight loss. rapid lives in many coastal waters) dehydration. high temperature— sometimes fatal Shigellosis Shigella (bacterium) Human feces Diarrhea Cholera Vibrio choleras (bacterium) Human feces. Coli O157 Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 66 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . shellfish Vomiting. cramps. mineral loss — high mortality. enlarged liver. vomiting. coli O1 57:H7 (bacterium) Human feces Symptoms vary with type caused gastroenteritis Other E. lasts up to four months Amebiasis Entamoeba histolytica Human feces Mild diarrhea. (also. shellfish grown Yellowed skin. urine Inflamed intestine. (protozoan) extra intestinal infection Giardiasis Giardia lamblia (protozoan) Animal or human feces Diarrhea. enlarged spleen. dysentery. severe diarrhea.E. Diarrhea or vomiting children) Norwalk-like viruses Human feces.Waterborne Diseases Name Causative organism Source of organism Disease Viral gastroenteritis Rotavirus ( lives mostly in young Human feces. shellfish Diarrhea and vomiting lives in polluted waters) Salmonellosis Salmonella (bacterium) Animal or human feces Diarrhea or vomiting Escherichia coli-. lives in polluted waters fever.

The disease was first described in 1965 by Dr Malcolm Fowler. the remaining 20. an Australian pathologist. Schools and restaurants in the suspect area were also closed. As Arizona state law prevents counties from supplying water to areas outside the incorporated municipal zones. spas and fountains.Health Stream Article . pools. Supply to the affected area was switched to a chlorinated surface water source.000 residents receive chlorinated drinking water from the municipal supply. some four miles away. Some of these companies chlorinate their groundwater supplies and some do not.000 of Peoria's 120.Issue 28 December 2002 Naegleria Deaths In Arizona Residents of the Arizona towns of Peoria and Glendale have been shocked by the deaths of two five-year old boys from amoebic meningitis caused by Naegleria fowleri. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 67 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . and a flushing program with hyperchlorinated water was carried out to remove possible contamination from the water distribution system.000 residents in the rapidly growing town are served by private water companies which mainly rely on groundwater sources. and residents were advised to drain and clean spas and hyperchlorinate swimming pools. line breaks or incidents that might allow ingress of microbial contamination. Tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have detected N. Both boys became ill on 9 October and died a few days later on 12 and 13 October respectively. Exposure to the organism is believed to be relatively common but infections resulting in illness are rare. One of the victims lived in Peoria and the other in the neighboring town of Glendale. The source of the infections has not been positively established but suspicion has fallen on a small unchlorinated ground water supply operated by a private company. however the Glendale boy frequently visited his grandparents' home a few blocks from the other boy's residence in Peoria. fowleri. bathtubs.000 consumers were warned not to use unboiled tap water for drinking. The suspect water supply is drawn from a deep aquifer and is not routinely chlorinated. Health authorities then began investigating possible common sources of Naegleria exposure including drinking water. They attended separate schools. About 100. Naegleria fowleri is a free living amoeba which is common in the environment and grows optimally at temperatures of 35 to 45 degrees C. This supply was taken off-line on 3 November. fowleri in three samples: · one pre-chlorination water sample from a municipal well that was routinely chlorinated · one tank water sample from the suspect unchlorinated groundwater system · the refrigerator filter from the home of the grandparents of one of the boys The chlorinated well is believed unlikely to be the source of infection as chlorination is effective in killing N. although periodic chlorination has been used after new connections. who identified the amoeba in a patient who had died from meningitis. This supply is predominantly drawn from surface water sources but is supplemented by groundwater in times of high demand. a boil water notice was issued and 6. cooking or bathing.

and spread to the meninges (the membrane surrounding the brain) and often to the brain tissue itself. N. The incidence of disease was greatly reduced by introduction of reliable chlorination facilities along the above-ground pipelines and introduction of chloramination in the 1980s led to virtual elimination of N. Plans are also underway to install a continuous chlorination plant on the groundwater supply. drowsiness. with only four survivors known among about 100 cases in the US since 1965. The incubation period is usually 2 to 5 days. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 68 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Cases are often reported to be associated with jumping or falling into the water. Queensland and New South Wales. it is feasible that the amoeba may penetrate poorly constructed bores or be introduced by occasional contamination events. The involvement of tap water supplies was first documented in South Australia. Most cases of N. fowleri meningitis are fatal. a semiporous barrier. and the infection cannot be transmitted from person to person. fowleri has been detected in water supplies in each of these states as well as the Northern Territory. high pitched crying and convulsions.Most reported cases of N. However as the organism may be found in moist soil. and concluded that the high water temperatures reached in summer provided a suitable environment for growth of the organism. The amoeba may then penetrate the cribiform plate. Cases of disease have also been recorded in Western Australia. In early studies. transmission by contaminated dust was suspected as an infection route but this has since been discounted as the organism does not survive desiccation. and N. The cribiform plate is more permeable in children. irritability. About half of the cases in the state did not have a recent history of freshwater swimming.fowleri from the water supplies. but had intra-nasal exposure to tap water through inhaling or squirting water into the nose. fowleri infections had not been reported to be associated with groundwater supplies. Cases of disease have also been associated with swimming pools where disinfection levels were inadequate. confusion. fowleri meningitis causes non-specific symptoms such as fever. making them more susceptible to infection than adults. and some residents have called for the municipality to purchase the private water company and take over its operations. and inhalation of tap water from surface water supplies that have been subject to high temperatures. Similar symptoms also occur in viral and bacterial forms of meningitis which are much more common than the amoebic form. vomiting. fowleri in the water supply pipelines. N. Tap water may also have been the primary source of infections attributed to swimming pools in these towns. Warm water conditions and the absence of free chlorine may then allow it to proliferate in the system. People with immune deficiencies may also be more prone to infection. Prior to the incidents in Peoria. fowleri meningitis are associated with swimming in natural surface freshwater bodies. Local health authorities in Arizona are continuing their investigation into the two deaths with assistance from CDC personnel. where a number of cases occurred in the 1960s and 70s in several towns served by unchlorinated surface water delivered through long above-ground pipelines. and infection occurs through introduction of the organism into the nasal cavities. Investigators found N. providing conditions where water is forced into the nose at pressure.

It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. to determine the proper coagulant dosage. Because the jar test is intended to simulate conditions in your plant. if any. starting the test at high rpm would provide misleading results. Scope 1. Take time to observe what happens to the raw water in your plant after the chemicals have been added. The procedure may be used to evaluate color. 1.Agglomeration of particles into groups thereby increasing the effective diameter. Again. 1.A measure of the presence of suspended solid material.A chemical technique directed toward destabilization of colloidal particles. followed by gravity settling. operate the jar test to simulate conditions in YOUR plant. 1. developing the proper procedure is very important. THE RPM OF THE STIRRER AND THE MINUTES TO COMPLETE THE TEST DEPEND ON CONDITIONS IN YOUR PLANT. Finished water quality. will only provide accurate results when properly performed. Terms Flocculation . If. suspended. associated with its use. then simulate this during the jar test. for instance. turbidity. all depend on the proper application of chemicals to the raw water entering the treatment plant. colloidal.1 This practice covers a general procedure for the evaluation of a treatment to reduce dissolved. Before you start The jar test. as with any coagulant test.2 The practice provides a systematic evaluation of the variables normally encountered in the coagulation-flocculation process. length of settling time and floc development. Turbidity . Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 69 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . length of filter runs and overall filter life.3 This standard does not purport to address the safety concerns. and nonsettleable matter from water by chemical coagulation-flocculation.The Jar Test Jar testing. and hardness reduction. Coagulation . cost of production. your plant does not have a static or flash mixer. This rule applies to flocculator speed. continues to be one of the most effective tools available to surface water plant operators.

As can clearly be seen from this relationship.Turbidity Particles less about 1 to 10 µm in diameter (primarily colloidal particles) will not settle out by gravitational forces. therefore making them very difficult to remove. thereby increasing there size and mass. These particles are the primary contributors to the turbidity of the raw water causing it to be “cloudy”. are in close proximity the nucleus of each atom will weakly attract electrons in the counter atom resulting. In order to remove these small particles we must either filter the water or somehow incorporate gravitational forces such that these particles will settle out. decay of this force occurs exponentially with distance. such as He. In order to have gravity affect these particles we must somehow make them larger. When two or more nonpolar molecules. but their surface properties. Ar. in other words somehow make them “stick” together. somehow have them come together (conglomerate). in an unsymmetrical arrangement of the nucleus. This idea can be better understood by relating the colloidal particles large surface area to their small volume (S/V) ratio resulting from their very small size. H2. The most important factor(s) contributing to the stability of colloidal particles is not their mass. at least momentarily. van der Waals force. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 70 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . This force. The two primary forces that control whether or not colloidal particles will agglomerate are: Repulsive Force An electrostatic force called the “Zeta Potential” - 4π q d ζ = D Where: ζ = Zeta Potential q = charge per unit area of the particle d = thickness of the layer surrounding the shear surface through which the charge is effective D = dielectric constant of the liquid Attractive Force Force due to van der Waals forces van der Waals forces are weak forces based on a polar characteristic induced by neighboring molecules. is inversely proportional to the sixth power of the distance (1/d6) between the particles.

e.7. the particles form sub complexes with the Al+3 and gain a positive charge about them.Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) or Formazin Turbidity Unit (FTU). thereby displacing the water layer surrounding the charged particle momentarily. flocculation follows coagulation.By supercharging the water supply momentarily with a positive charge. the larger the flocs. By “pushing” (adding energy) the particles together we can aid in the flocculation process forming larger flocs.) Jackson Candle Test 2.a black and white disk divided like a pie in 4 quadrants about 6" in diameter.Ways to Measure Turbidity 1. Ferric Chloride works best at lower pH values. The final key to obtaining good flocs is the added energy put into the system by way of rotating paddles in the flocculator tanks. This upset decreases the distance “d” in-turn decreasing the Zeta potential. This is the coagulation part of the coagulation/flocculation process. Ferrous Sulfate works well in through a range of pH values. Other chemical coagulants used are Ferric Chloride and Ferrous Sulfate. It important to understand that too much energy. Theses complexes are charged highly positive. we can upset the charge effect of the particle enough to reduce the Zeta potential (repulsive force) thereby allowing van der Waals forces (attractive forces) to take over. and the particles restabilize. which is amplified and displayed on the instrument.Light is passed through a sample.) Turbidimeter . 5. During the coagulation process charged hydroxy-metallic complexes are formed momentarily (i. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 71 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Units . By introducing aluminum (Al3+) into the water in the form of Alum (Al2(SO4)3•nH20) we can accomplish the supercharging of the water. Al(OH)21+ etc). rotating the paddles too fast.e. The chemical reaction continues until the aluminum ions (Al+3) reach their final form. and settle out (note – the flocculated particles settle out separately from the precipitated Al(OH)3 (s)). Alum works best in the pH range of natural waters. A sensitive photomultiplier tube at a 90o angle from the incident light beam detects the light scattered by the particles in the sample.5. The photomultiplier tube converts the light energy into an electrical signal.5.) Secchi Disk . During the flocculation process the particles join together to form flocs. the faster they will settle within a clarifier. 3.5 to 9. How to Treat Turbidity Supercharge the water supply . thereby reducing the size of the particles and would therefore increase the settling time in the clarifier.5. therefore upsetting the stable negative charge of the target particles. Al(OH)2+. Al(OH)3 (s). 4. down to pH 4.0 . would cause the particles to shear (breakup). The particles are then able to get close enough together for van der Waals forces to take over and the particles begin to flocculate. If to much alum is added then the opposite effect occurs. i.

1 minute (100 rpm) b. slow mix .3H 2O + 6H 2O → 2 Al (OH )3 (s ) + 14.3H 2O + 6Na(OH ) → 2 Al (OH )3 (s ) + 3Na2SO4 + 14. H+ = 1 mg/mmol) 3) Fill each of the six 1500 mL beakers with one-liter of river water. 2) Make up a 0.3H 2O (4) Apparatus 1) Jar Test Apparatus 2) 6 1500 mL Beakers 3) pH meter 4) Pipettes 5) Conductivity Meter 6) Turbidimeter Procedure 1) Make up a 10-g/L solution of alum. 5) Measure the initial pH 6) Add alum and NaOH solutions in equal portions as specified by instructor. Take the sample from the center. 9) Measure final pH Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 72 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .3H 2O + 3H 2SO 4 (2) Al 2 (SO4 )3 • 14. 7) Mixing protocol: a. Be careful not to disturb the flocs that have settled.30 minutes 8) Measure final turbidity. settling . rapid mix .3H 2O + 6Na(HCO3 ) → 2 Al (OH )3 (s ) + 3Na2SO4 + 14. (Na+1 = 23 mg/mmol. off.3H 2O + 6CO2 (3) Al 2 (SO4 )3 • 14. O-2 = 16 mg/mmol.Key Equations Al 2 (SO 4 )3 • 14. about 2" down for each one liter sample. 4) Measure the temperature and conductivity.1 N solution of NaOH (buffer).15 minutes (20 rpm) c.

g/L Turbidity (NTU) pH-Before Buffer pH-After Temp.1 N Beaker Alum (ml) Buffer (ml) Alum . oC Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 73 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .0.Information to be Recorded Initial Turbidity = ? NTU .

Different Types of Chemical Storage Tanks found in Water Treatment Facilities Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 74 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

Emulsion polymers (Prepare 1.0% solution. 4. Add 198 mL of water to 250 mL bottle. 2. 6. 10cc). Do not exceed 20 seconds! 5. 250 and 500 mL beakers. Add 20 mL of 1 % solution. Water (it is recommended that the makedown water from the plant be used). 5. Graduated cylinder (100 mL). 3. 4. Using a syringe. 7.1% solution.) 1. Required equipment: 250 mL bottles with lids. Shake vigorously for at least one minute.0% polymer solution. Add 180 mL to 250 mL bottle. Mix for 20 seconds. 7. 5cc. 8. 2.0% solution. High speed hand mixer (for emulsion polymers). 2. Dilution technique ("make down") is especially critical. 5. 3. Shake vigorously for at least 1 minute. 6. 3. Prepare 0. the Jar Test results will be very unreliable. Solution polymers and Inorganics (Prepare a 1. Syringes (1cc. Add 180 mL of water to 250 mL bottle.Preparing Polymers for the Jar Test A successful Jar Test is very reliant upon the proper preparation of the polymers being tested. 1. Add 20 mL of 1. Shake vigorously for at least one minute. Prepare 0. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 75 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . but preferably overnight. Add 198 mL of water to a beaker. inject 2 mL of neat polymer into vortex. add 2 mL of neat product to bottle. Using a syringe. Insert Braun mixer into water and begin mixing. The polymer must be uncoiled to provide maximum contact with the colloidal particles to be flocculated. Allow dilute polymer to age for at least 20 minutes. prior to activation. 6. 4.1% solution. If the following procedures are not followed. since it involves compactly coiled large molecules in emulsions.) 1.

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25 0. Using a graduated pipette. KMn04 must be used with caution as this material produces an intense purple color when mixed with water. Stock Solutions (Strong Stock Solution) 5 grams potassium permanganate dissolved in 500 ml distilled water.75 0.30 pink 6 1.50 0. dose each beaker with the test stock solution in the following manner.75 0.35 pink Stir the beakers to simulate the turbulence where the KMn04 is to be added and observe the color change. I must caution you that all KMn04 applied must be converted to manganese dioxide (Mn02) form prior to filtration.Potassium Permanganate Jar Test Potassium Permanganate has been used for a number of years in both water & wastewater treatment.25 no pink 5 1.00 0. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 77 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .etc. Dose each beaker to simulate plant practices in pre-treatment. Each 5 ml of the test stock solution added to a 2000 ml sample equals 1 mg/l.50 0. (Test Stock Solution) 4 ml strong stock solution thoroughly mixed in 100 ml distilled water. KMn04 is also used to oxidize iron. As the permanganate ion is reduced during its reaction with compounds that it oxidizes.20 no pink 4 1.10 no pink 2 0. Jar Testing Example If you have a six position stirrer: Using a graduated cylinder. which develop on the surface waters and on beds of lakes and rivers under certain conditions of temperature and chemical composition.15 no pink 3 1. The final product formed is manganese dioxide (Mn02) an insoluble precipitate that can be removed by sedimentation and filtration. measure 2000 ml of the sample to be tested into each of the six beakers. it changes color from purple to yellow or brown. Do not add carbon or chlorine. KMn04 is a strong oxidizer which can be used to destroy many organic compounds of both the natural and man made origin. pH adjustment. This may cause the customer to find pink tap water.. If it is not all converted and is still purple or pink it will pass through the filter into the clearwell or distribution system. or the reaction may continue in the system and the same conditions as exist with naturally occurring manganese may cause staining of the plumbing fixtures. manganese and sulfide compounds and other taste and odor producing substances usually due to the presence of very small quantities of secretions given off by microscopic algae. Jar # KMn04 ml KMn04 mg/l Color 1 0. coagulant.

25 ml of the test stock solution to 1000 ml finished water. Therefore. If the sample turns brown there is iron or manganese remaining in the finished water.6(iron. mg/l) Example: Calculate the KMn04 dose in mg/l for a water with 0. KMn04 Dose. KMn04 Dose. Known Unknown Iron.64 mg/l KMn04 dose is the minimum dose. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 78 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .0(Manganese. Samples which retain a brown or yellow color indicate that the oxidation process is incomplete and will require a higher dosage of KMn04. care must be taken not to bring pink water to the filter unless you have "greensand". This dose assumes there are no oxidizable compounds in the raw water. mg/l = 1. To calculate the dosage of KMn04 for iron and manganese removal here is the formula to use. When applying potassium permanganate to raw water.4 mg/l) + 2. the actual dose may be higher. mg/l Manganese. Quick Test A quick way to check the success of a KMn04 application is by adding 1.3 mg/l. potassium permanganate is an extremely useful chemical treatment.2 mg/l Calculate the KMn04 dose in mg/l.0(1. If the sample remains pink. Jar testing should be done to determine the required dose. The end point has been reached when a pink color is observed and remains for at least 10 minutes. oxidation is complete. KMn04 used as a disinfectant in pre-treatment could help control the formation of trihalomethanes by allowing chlorine to be added later in the treatment process or after filtration. mg/l = 0. In the preceding table a pink color first developed in beaker #5 which had been dosed with 1. the sample will turn varying shades of brown. With proper application.2 mg/l.As the iron and manganese begin to oxidize. mg/l) + 2. mg/l = 0.2 mg/l) = 2. If the first jar test does not produce the correct color change. mg/l = 0.6(0.5 ml/ 0. Also.4 mg/l Kmn04 Dose. The manganese concentration is 1.64 mg/l Note: The calculated 2. mg/l) + 2.0. continue with increased dosages. As well as being a strong oxidizer for iron and manganese. mg/l) = 0.4 of iron. indicating the presence of oxidized iron and or manganese.6(Iron. Its usefulness also extends to algae control as well as many taste odor problems. permanganate generally reacts more quickly at pH levels above 7.0(Manganese.

(The groups are numbered I to VIII from left to right.How is the Periodic Table Organized? The periodic table is organized with eight principal vertical columns called groups and seven horizontal rows called periods.Li.) All the metals are grouped together on the left side of the periodic table. Rb. K. shiny solids and good conductors of heat and electricity) softer than most familiar metals. and the periods are numbered 1 to 7 from top to bottom. and all the nonmetals are grouped together on the right side of the periodic table. Cs. Na. What are the Eight Groups of the Periodic Table? Group I: Alkali Metals . Fr known as alkai metals most reactive of the metals react with all nonmetals except the noble gases contain typical physical properties of metals (ex. Semimetals are found in between the metals and nonmetals. can be cut with a knife Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 79 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

Rn very unreactive Properties of Metals Solids at room temperature Conduct heat very well Have electrical conductivities that increase with decreasing temperature Have a high flexibility and a shiny metallic luster Are malleable-can be beaten out into sheets or foils Are ductile-can be pulled into thin wires without breaking Emit electrons when they are exposed to radiation of sufficiently high energy or when They are heated (known as photoelectric effect and thermionic effect) Properties of Nonmetals May be gases. Tl boron is a semimetal. arsenic and antimony are semimetals. In. P. Sb. S. Si. Ge. Al. Pb carbon is a nonmetal. Sr. or solids at room temperature Poor conductors of heat Are insulators-very poor conductors of electricity Do not have a high reflectivity or a shiny metallic appearance In solid form generally brittle and fracture easily under stress Do not exhibit photoelectric or thermionic effects Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 80 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Br. silicon and germanium are semimetals. Se. Ba. Te. but more slowly than the Group I metals solids at room temperature have typical metallic properties harder than the Group I metals higher melting points than the Group I metals Group III: B. Ar. Ra known as alkaline earth metals react with nonmetals.Group II: Alkaline Earth Metals-Be. liquids. Ne. Sn. Mg. tin and lead are metals Group V: N. I. Po oxygen. Ga. Cl. Xe. Bi nitrogen and phosphorus are nonmetals. all the others are metals Group IV: C. As. bismuth is a metal Group VI: O. sulfur. At very reactive nonmetals Group VIII: Noble Gases-He. Kr. tellurium and polonium are semimetals Group VII: Halogens-F. Ca. and selenium are nonmetals.

represents the neutral point. the acidity of a sample with a pH of 5 is ten times greater than that of a sample with a pH of 6. A pH of more than 7 is on the basic (alkaline) side of the scale with 14 as the point of greatest basic activity. 7. Because the scale is logarithmic. would mean that the acidity is one hundred times greater. a difference of one pH unit represents a tenfold change. A difference of 2 units. This scale ranges from 0 (maximum acidity) to 14 (maximum alkalinity). pH = (Power of Hydroxyl Ion Activity).The pH Scale pH: A measure of the acidity of water.6 – slightly acidic because of the carbon dioxide picked up in the earth's atmosphere by the rain. The acidity of a water sample is measured on a pH scale. from 6 to 4. The acidity increases from neutral toward 0. and so on. The middle of the scale. Normal rain has a pH of 5. A pH of less than 7 is on the acid side of the scale with 0 as the point of greatest acid activity. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 81 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . The pH scale runs from 0 to 14 with 7 being the mid point or neutral. For example.

Similar effects may occur in fetuses of pregnant women who drink water containing chlorine dioxide in excess of the EPA's standard. Total Trihalomethanes Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the EPA's standard over many years may experience problems with their liver. and Ultraviolet light. Disinfectant alternatives will include Ozone. Some people who drink water containing chloramines well in excess of the EPA's standard could experience stomach discomfort or anemia. Chlorite Some infants and young children who drink water containing chlorite in excess of the EPA's standard could experience nervous system effects.Modern Water Treatment Disinfectants Many water suppliers add a disinfectant to drinking water to kill germs such as giardia and e coli. Chlorine Some people who use drinking water containing chlorine well in excess of EPA's standard could experience irritating effects to their eyes and nose. Haloacetic Acids Some people who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the EPA's standard over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Chlorine Dioxide Some infants and young children who drink water containing chlorine dioxide in excess of the EPA's standard could experience nervous system effects. Chloramine Some people who use drinking water containing chloramines well in excess of EPA's standard could experience irritating effects to their eyes and nose. Some people who drink water containing chlorine well in excess of the EPA's standard could experience stomach discomfort. kidneys. and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 82 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Bromate Some people who drink water containing bromate in excess of the EPA's standard over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Disinfection Byproducts (DBPS) Disinfection byproducts form when disinfectants added to drinking water to kill germs react with naturally-occurring organic matter in water. Similar effects may occur in fetuses of pregnant women who drink water containing chlorite in excess of the EPA's standard. You will see an increase of these technologies in the near future. Some people may experience anemia. Some people may experience anemia. Especially after heavy rainstorms. or central nervous systems. your water system may add more disinfectant to guarantee that these germs are killed.

Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 83 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .Chlorine Section 2 Ton Cylinders The top lines are for extracting the gas. and the bottom lines are for extracting the Cl2 liquid. The water will help create acid which will make the leak larger. Never place water on a leaking metal cylinder.

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4. Chemical and Physical Properties Physical data 1. ammonia. acetylene.6 degrees C (-30. Chlorine in solution forms a corrosive material. Vapor pressure at 20 degrees C (68 degrees F): 4. propylene.8 degrees F) 6.800 mm Hg 7. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 85 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . DOT label: Poison gas Appearance and odor Chlorine is a greenish-yellow gas with a characteristic pungent odor. Special precautions: Chlorine will attack some forms of plastics. Conditions contributing to instability: Cylinders of chlorine may burst when exposed to elevated temperatures.Chlorine * Formula: Cl(2) * Structure: Not applicable. potassium. oxomonosilane. calcium. iodine.08 to part per million (ppm) parts of air have been reported.86 atm 4. rubber.: FO2100000 3. activated carbon. and chlorides.9 2. alcohols. alcohols. molecular chlorine Identifiers 1. soluble in alkalies. reducing agents.: 7782-50-5 2. Specific gravity (liquid): 1. Prolonged exposures may result in olfactory fatigue. Contact between chlorine and many combustible substances (such as gasoline and petroleum products. Molecular weight: 70.5 5. Chlorine reacts with hydrogen sulfide and water to form hydrochloric acid. Contact between chlorine and arsenic. hydrocarbons. Solubility: Slightly soluble in water. steam. RTECS No. Boiling point (at 760 mm Hg): -34. boron. and sulfur). and coatings. Melting point: -101 degrees C (-149. and it reacts with carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide to form phosgene and sulfuryl chloride. methane. and finely divided metals may cause fires and explosions. 8. Evaporation rate: Data not available. 3. It condenses to an amber liquid at approximately -34 degrees C (-29. 2. DOT UN: 1017 20 4. Chlorine is also incompatible with moisture. hydrazine. glycerol. turpentine. and silicon should be avoided. Incompatibilities: Flammable gases and vapors form explosive mixtures with chlorine.28 degrees F) 3.41 at 20 degrees C (68 degrees F) and a pressure of 6. bismuth. Hazardous decomposition products: None reported. Reactivity 1. carbon disulfide. CAS No. and water.2 degrees F) or at high pressures. hydrogen. Vapor density: 2. Odor thresholds ranging from 0. * Synonyms: Bertholite.

3. Extinguishant: For small fires use water only. The National Fire Protection Association has assigned a flammability rating of 0 (no fire hazard) to chlorine. Flammable limits in air: Not applicable. * ACGIH TLV The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has assigned chlorine a threshold limit value (TLV) of 0. If fire must be fought. use unmanned hose holders or monitor nozzles. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 86 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . isolate the hazard area and deny entry. p. * Rationale for Limits The NIOSH limits are based on the risk of severe eye. 4. Containers of chlorine may explode in the heat of the fire and should be moved from the fire area if it is possible to do so safely. Exposure Limits * OSHA PEL The current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limit (PEL) for chlorine is 1 ppm (3 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m(3))) as a ceiling limit. The ACGIH limits are based on the risk of eye and mucous membrane irritation [ACGIH 1991. Flash point: Not applicable. 1. A worker's exposure to chlorine shall at no time exceed this ceiling level [29 CFR 1910. Autoignition temperature: Not applicable. 15].5 ppm mg/m(3)) as a TWA for up to a 10hour workday and a 40-hour workweek and a short-term exposure limit (STEL) of 1 ppm (3 mg/m(3))[NIOSH 1992].9 mg/m(3)) for periods not to exceed 15 minutes. withdraw from the area and let the fire burn. Firefighters should wear a full set of protective clothing and self. If this is not possible. 2. Stay away from the ends of containers.1000. Exposures at the STEL concentration should not be repeated more than four times a day and should be separated by intervals of at least 60 minutes [ACGIH 1994. Emergency personnel should stay out of low areas and ventilate closed spaces before entering.5 ppm (1. use water spray or fog. Fires involving chlorine should be fought upwind from the maximum distance possible.Flammability Chlorine is a non-combustible gas. 254]. Keep unnecessary people away. however.contained breathing apparatus when fighting fires involving chlorine.5 mg/m(3)) as a TWA for a normal 8-hour workday and a 40-hour workweek and a short-term exposure limit (STEL) of 1. most combustible materials will burn in chlorine. For a massive fire in a cargo area. do not use dry chemical or carbon dioxide. if this is impossible. cool fire exposed containers from the sides with water until well after the fire is out. mucous membrane and skin irritation [NIOSH 1992].0 ppm (2. Table Z-1]. Contain and let large fires involving chlorine burn. * NIOSH REL The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has established a recommended exposure limit (REL) for chlorine of 0. p.

There is a constant danger that safe water leaving the treatment plant may become contaminated later. One especially important feature of disinfection using chlorine is the ease of overdosing to create a "residual" concentration. and that which is bound but still effective is combined chlorine. This residual concentration of chlorine provides some degree of protection right to the water faucet.. because concentrations of natural organic matter are lower and less chlorine is required to disinfect at colder temperatures. particularly chlorination. The correct excess is obtained in a method called "Break Point Chlorination ". Also. some of which are effective killing agents. loss of pressure that permits an inward leak. The organic matter and other substances that are present. THM concentrations are generally lower in winter than in summer. Living cells react with chlorine and reduce its concentration while they die. With free available chlorine. A particularly important group of compounds with combined chlorine is the chloramines formed by reactions with ammonia. a typical residual is from 0. because organic matter concentrations are generally low in these sources. The opposite — high organic matter concentrations and high THM levels — is true when rivers or other surface waters are used as the source of the drinking water. For example. bromodichloromethane. decay products of vegetation) in the water. reaction kinetics complicates interpretation of chlorination data. drinking water supplies are the trihalomethanes (THMs). Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 87 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . However. THM levels are also low when wells or large lakes are used as the drinking water source. Because chlorinated organic compounds are less effective. Chlorine present as Cl. Health Effects Laboratory animals exposed to very high levels of THMs have shown increased incidences of cancer.S. a typical residual is 2 ppm for combined chlorine.1 to 0. Chlorine By-Products Chlorination by-products are the chemicals formed when the chlorine used to kill diseasecausing micro-organisms reacts with naturally occurring organic matter (e. including the season and the source of the water. convert to chlorinated derivatives. The amount of THMs formed in drinking water can be influenced by a number of factors. most of our drinking water supplies are free of the micro-organisms — viruses. and OCl¯ is called free available chlorine. at the turn of the century. The Principal Trihalomethanes are: Chloroform. or plumbing errors.Chlorine (DDBP) Today. such as cholera and typhoid fever. chlorodibromomethane and bromoform.g.5 ppm. bacteria and protozoa — that cause serious and life-threatening diseases. HOCl. The most common chlorination by-products found in U. This is largely due to the introduction of water treatment. There will be no chlorine residual unless there is an excess over the amount that reacts with the organic matter present. There may be breaks in water mains. several studies of cancer incidence in human populations have reported associations between long-term exposure to high levels of chlorination by-products and an increased risk of certain types of cancer. Other less common chlorination by-products includes the haloacetic acids and haloacetonitriles.

notice the vents at the bottom and top. Chlorine storage room. but indicate the need for further research to confirm their results and to assess the potential health effects of chlorination by. a recent study conducted in the Great Lakes basin reported an increased risk of bladder and possibly colon cancer in people who drank chlorinated surface water for 35 years or more.For instance.products other than THMs. In a California study. The bottom vent will allow the gas to ventilate because Cl2 gas is heavier than air. The available studies on health effects do not provide conclusive proof of a relationship between exposure to THMs and cancer or reproductive effects. Possible relationships between exposure to high levels of THMs and adverse reproductive effects in humans have also been examined recently. pregnant women who consumed large amounts of tap water containing elevated levels of THMs were found to have an increased risk of spontaneous abortion. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 88 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

THM levels may also be reduced through the replacement of chlorine with alternative disinfectants. Chloramines are weaker disinfectants than chlorine.Risks and Benefits of Chlorine Current evidence indicates that the benefits of chlorinating our drinking water — reduced incidence of water-borne diseases — are much greater than the risks of health effects from THMs. Modifying water treatment facilities to use ozone can be expensive. Assessments of the health risks from these and other chlorine-based disinfectants and chlorination by-products are currently under way. Chlorine Piping and chlorine cylinder yoke Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 89 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . most importantly. especially against viruses and protozoa.. so that small amounts of chlorine or other disinfectants must be added to the water to ensure continued disinfection as the water is piped to the consumer’s tap. Chlorine dioxide can be an effective disinfectant. In general. When used with modern water filtration practices. A number of cities use ozone to disinfect their source water and to reduce THM formation. It is easy to apply. however. viruses and protozoa. they are very persistent and. small amounts of chlorine remain in the water and continue to disinfect throughout the distribution system. chlorine is effective against virtually all infective agents — bacteria. bromate). chlorine continues to be the choice of water treatment experts. A third option is removal of the by-products by adsorption on activated carbon beds. it breaks down quickly. It is extremely important that water treatment plants ensure that methods used to control chlorination by-products do not compromise the effectiveness of water disinfection. and. This ensures that the water remains free of microbial contamination on its journey from the treatment plant to the consumer’s tap. but it forms chlorate and chlorite. Examples of other disinfectants include chloramines and chlorine dioxide. and ozone treatment can create other undesirable by-products that may be harmful to health if they are not controlled (e. compounds whose toxicity has not yet been fully determined.g. as such. Although other disinfectants are available. can be useful for preventing re-growth of microbial pathogens in drinking water distribution systems. the preferred method of controlling chlorination by-products is removal of the naturally occurring organic matter from the source water so it cannot react with the chlorine to form by-products. Although ozone is a highly effective disinfectant.

but not at the 0. Earlier literature reported that exposure to a concentration of about 5 ppm caused respiratory complaints. skin. No evidence of permanent lung damage was found.5 ppm level [ACGIH 1991]. However. especially at the 1.5 ppm [ACGIH 1991]. and general discomfort were not severe.0 ppm for 4. The incidence of fatigue was greater among those exposed above 0. ingestion. Tooth enamel damage may also occur [Parmeggiani 1983]. many of these effects are not confirmed in recent studies and are of very dubious significance [ACGIH 1991]. atrophy of the iris. mucous membranes. The lowest lethal concentration reported is 430 ppm for 30 minutes [Clayton and Clayton 1982]. and lungs in experimental animals. Chlorine injected into the anterior chamber of rabbits' eyes resulted in severe damage with inflammation. a study was published involving 29 subjects exposed to chlorine concentrations up to 2.Health Hazard Information Routes of Exposure Exposure to chlorine can occur through inhalation. and bronchitis [Hathaway et al. lung congestion. In 1981. There has been one confirmed case of myasthenia gravis associated with chlorine exposure [NLM 1995]. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 90 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Six of 14 subjects exposed to 1.0 ppm exposure level. pneumonia.52 ppm.9 years was published in 1970. Acne (chloracne) is not unusual among persons exposed to low concentrations of chlorine for long periods of time. All but six workers had exposures below 1 ppm. opacification of the cornea. corrosion of the teeth. Responses for sensations of itching or burning of the nose and eyes. A study of workers exposed to chlorine for an average of 10. 21 had TWAs above 0.0 ppm for 8 hours showed increased mucous secretions from the nose and in the hypopharynx. even if exposure is brief [Sax and Lewis 1989. 1991]. Clayton and Clayton 1982].5 ppm exposure concentration. A 1983 study of pulmonary function at low concentrations of chlorine exposure also found transient decreases in pulmonary function at the 1. which was associated with bronchiolitis and pneumonia [Clayton and Clayton 1982]. but were perceptible. Summary of toxicology 1. 2. pleurisy.and 8-hour periods. Effects on Humans: Severe acute effects of chlorine exposure in humans have been well documented since World War I when chlorine gas was used as a chemical warfare agent. Exposures of 1. and injury to the lens [Grant 1986]. Other severe exposures have resulted from the accidental rupture of chlorine tanks. inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and susceptibility to tuberculosis among chronically-exposed workers. and exposures to 1000 ppm can be fatal. exposures to 50 ppm are dangerous. and pulmonary edema.0 ppm for 8 hours produced statistically significant changes in pulmonary function that were not observed at a 0. and eye or skin contact [Genium 1992]. Animals surviving sublethal inhalation exposures for 15 to 193 days showed marked emphysema.0 ppm exposure level [ACGIH 1991]. These exposures have caused death. Effects on Animals: Chlorine is a severe irritant of the eyes. The 1 hour LC(50) is 239 ppm in rats and 137 ppm in mice ()[Sax and Lewis 1989].2 percent in the control group. Exposure to 15 ppm causes throat irritation. but 9.4 percent had abnormal EKGs compared to 8.

Use as a bacteriostat. depending on the feasibility of implementation. adhesives. cleaning dairy equipment. choking. and restlessness. resins. vegetables. excessive salivation. and in the manufacture of rocket fuel. acute tracheobronchitis. Methods that are effective in controlling worker exposures to chlorine. sore throat. disinfectant. polymers (synthetic rubber and plastics). and fruit.. Chronic exposure: Chronic exposure to low levels of chlorine gas can result in a dermatitis known as chloracne. vomiting. nausea. in the manufacture of chlorinated solvents. nose. Workers responding to a release or potential release of a hazardous substance must be protected as required by paragraph (q) of OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard 29 CFR. hemoptysis and increased susceptibility to tuberculosis [Genium 1992]. and as a disinfectant in laundries. use in detinning and dezincing iron. Acute exposure: Acute exposure to low levels of chlorine results in eye. in special batteries containing lithium or zinc. cosmetics. use in the manufacture of chlorinated lime. the location and proper use of emergency equipment. Contact with the liquid can result in frostbite burns of the skin and eyes [Genium 1992]. Use in the paper and pulp. sneezing. use in the processing of meat. odor control. All workers should be familiar with emergency procedures. Use in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals. Use as bleaching and cleaning agents. and textile industries for bleaching cellulose for artificial fibers. pesticides. chemical pneumonia. general excitement. purification. and methods of protecting themselves during rescue operations. swimming pools. cyanosis. refrigerants. cleaning powders. use to shrink-proof wool. Emergency Medical Procedures: [NIOSH to supply] Rescue: Remove an incapacitated worker from further exposure and implement appropriate emergency procedures (e. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 91 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . 2. and in hydraulic fluids. elastomers. headache. and demulsifier in treatment of drinking water. lubricants. those listed on the Material Safety Data Sheet required by OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard [29 CFR 1910. and bleaching cellulose. and extraction agent in metallurgy. fish. coughing. violent coughing. laryngeal edema. and throat irritation. flameproofing. tooth enamel corrosion. and in sewage. Higher concentrations causes difficulty in breathing.g. Exposure Sources and Control Methods The following operations may involve chlorine and lead to worker exposures to this substance: The Manufacture and Transportation of Chlorine Use as a chlorinating and oxidizing agent in organic and inorganic synthesis.Signs and Symptoms of Exposure 1.1200]). dishwashers. dizziness. severe chest pain. Use as a fluxing. automotive antifreeze and antiknock compounds. are as follows: Process enclosure Local exhaust ventilation General dilution ventilation Personal protective equipment.

Scheff PA [1987]. carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide. Industrial ventilation--a self study companion. carbon disulfide. 2. extreme temperatures changes. well-ventilated area in tightly sealed containers that are labeled in accordance with OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard [29 CFR 1910. 6. hydrogen sulfide and water. NY: Industrial Press. silicon. Workers handling and operating chlorine containers. New York. and water. Wadden RA. persons not wearing protective equipment and fullyencapsulating. methane. 5. Fundamentals of industrial hygiene. steam. bismuth. cylinders. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 92 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Find and stop the leak if this can be done without risk. Alden JL. 2. IL: National Safety Council. The following steps should be undertaken following a spill or leak: 1. Containers of chlorine should be protected from exposure to weather. 3. moisture. propylene. do not put water directly on the leak or spill area. boron. Cincinnati. ammonia. OH: American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.1200]. ACGIH [1992]. The cylinder may be allowed to empty through a reducing agent such as sodium bisulfide and sodium bicarbonate. and physical damage. alcohols. and they should be stored separately from flammable gases and vapors. 5. arsenic. Plog BA [1988]. move the leaking container to an isolated area until gas has dispersed. New York. glycerol. 3. oil. Evacuate the spill area for at least 50 feet in all directions. Burton DJ [1986]. iodine. activated carbon. 4. acetylene. Inc. potassium. Keep all combustibles (wood. NY: McGraw-Hill. Ventilate potentially explosive atmospheres. hydrazine. Kane JM [1982]. Engineering design for control of workplace hazards. dry. 7. Design of industrial ventilation systems. reducing agents. finely divided metals. and tank wagons should receive special training in standard safety procedures for handling compressed corrosive gases. 4. Notify safety personnel.) away from the leak. combustible substances (such as gasoline and petroleum products. paper. etc. vapor-protective clothing should be restricted from contaminated areas until cleanup has been completed. Chicago. Spills and Leaks In the event of a spill or leak involving chlorine. Chlorine Storage Chlorine should be stored in a cool. 21st ed. Remove all sources of heat and ignition. and sulfur). oxomonosilane. Empty containers of chlorine should have secured protective covers on their valves and should be handled appropriately. Industrial ventilation--a manual of recommended practice. All pipes and containment used for chlorine service should be regularly inspected and tested. hydrocarbons. Cincinnati. calcium.Good Sources of Information about Control Methods are as Follows: 1. Use water spray to reduce vapors. hydrogen. turpentine. if not. OH: American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.

emitting.40]. employers are required to do the following: Notify the National Response Center immediately at (800) or at (202) 426-2675 in Washington. Notify the community emergency coordinator of the local emergency planning committee (or relevant local emergency response personnel) of any area likely to be affected by the release [40 CFR 355.30] to submit a Toxic Chemical Release Inventory form (Form R) to the EPA reporting the amount of chlorine emitted or released from their facility annually.40]. pouring. Notify the emergency response commission of the State likely to be affected by the release [40 CFR 355.]. and hazardous waste management may change over time. Users are therefore advised to determine periodically whether new information is available. emptying. reportable quantities of hazardous releases. discharging. leaking. or toxicity as defined in 40 CFR 261. Community Right-to-Know Requirements Employers who own or operate facilities in SIC codes 20 to 39 that employ 10 or more workers and that manufacture 25. and local authorities [40 CFR The Reportable Quantity of Chlorine is 10 Pounds. Hazardous Waste Management Requirements EPA considers a waste to be hazardous if it exhibits any of the following characteristics: ignitability. injecting.000 pounds or more of chlorine per calendar year or otherwise use 10.24. Reportable Quantity Requirements for Hazardous Releases A hazardous substance release is defined by the EPA as any spilling.21-261.30].Special Requirements The U. [40 CFR 302. employers are required to notify the proper Federal. Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) [40 USC 6901 et seq. State. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 93 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . pumping. In the event of a release that is above the reportable quantity for that chemical. or disposing into the environment including the abandonment or discarding of contaminated containers) of hazardous substances.6]. reactivity. the EPA has specifically listed many chemical wastes as hazardous. dumping. D. escaping. Emergency Planning Requirements Employers owning or operating a facility at which there are 100 pounds or more of chlorine must comply with the EPA's emergency planning requirements [40 CFR Part 355. If an amount equal to or greater than this quantity is released within a 24-hour period in a manner that will expose persons outside the facility. leaching.S.C. corrosivity.000 pounds or more of chlorine per calendar year are required by EPA [40 CFR Part 372. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for emergency planning. community right-to-know.

D. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 94 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . France in 1915.5 million tons and over 1 million containers of chlorine are shipped in the U.C.C. Chlorine gas was first used as a chemical weapon at Ypres.S.Although chlorine is not specifically listed as a hazardous waste under RCRA. relevant State and local authorities should be contacted for information on any requirements they may have for the waste removal and disposal of this substance. area) or toll-free at (800) 424-9346 (outside Washington.S. D. and disposal of this substance are conducted in accordance with existing regulations.552 American soldiers poisoned with various gasses in World War I. Of the 70. The U. the EPA requires employers to treat waste as hazardous if it exhibits any of the characteristics discussed above. the EPA. In addition. 1843 were exposed to chlorine gas. Approximately 10. transport. Department of Transportation. Providing detailed information about the removal and disposal of specific chemicals is beyond the scope of this guideline. and State and local regulations should be followed to ensure that removal. employers should address any questions to the RCRA hotline at (703) 412-9810 (in the Washington.). Chlorine Gas Background: Chlorine gas is a pulmonary irritant with intermediate water solubility that causes acute damage in the upper and lower respiratory tract. each year. To be certain that chemical waste disposal meets the EPA regulatory requirements.

reacts to form chloramine gas. Cl2 gas does not occur naturally. chloramines decompose to ammonia and hypochlorous acid or hydrochloric acid. and it burns the skin. It is a respiratory irritant. this idea is now controversial. In addition. from reactions with tissue water to form hypochlorous and hydrochloric acid. Operators have the equipment necessary to reduce the impact of a gas leak. noncombustible gas at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. and (4) individual susceptibility. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 95 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Hypochlorous acid may account for the toxicity of elemental chlorine and hydrochloric acid to the human body. the gas settles low to the ground. The cylinders are on a scale that operators use to measure the amount used each day. although Chlorine can be found in a number of compounds. Hypochlorous acid is also highly water soluble with an injury pattern similar to hydrochloric acid. In the presence of water. The odor threshold for chlorine is approximately 0. and from the generation of free oxygen radicals. but rely on trained emergency response teams to contain leaks. Chlorine gas is stored in vented rooms that have panic bar equipped doors. however. (2) duration of exposure. Pathophysiology: Chlorine is a greenish-yellow. Although the idea that chlorine causes direct tissue damage by generating free oxygen radicals was once accepted. The early response to chlorine exposure depends on the (1) concentration of chlorine gas. Cellular injury is believed to result from the oxidation of functional groups in cell components. The chains are used to prevent the tanks from falling over. distinguishing toxic air levels from permissible air levels may be difficult until irritative symptoms are present. Early Response to Chlorine Gas Chlorine gas. (3) water content of the tissues exposed. depending on the chemical species produced. The cylinders on the right contain chlorine gas. Mechanism of Activity The mechanisms of the above biological activity are poorly understood and the predominant anatomic site of injury may vary. the density of the gas is greater than that of air. The intermediate water solubility of chlorine accounts for its effect on the upper airway and the lower respiratory tract. Because its density is greater than that of air. Exposure to chlorine gas may be prolonged because its moderate water solubility may not cause upper airway symptoms for several minutes. The gas comes out of the cylinder through a gas regulator.5 parts per million (ppm). Solubility Effects Hydrochloric acid is highly soluble in water.Chlorine is a yellowish-green gas at standard temperature and pressure. The predominant targets of the acid are the epithelia of the ocular conjunctivae and upper respiratory mucus membranes. when mixed with ammonia.3-0. Just a few breaths of it are fatal. It is extremely reactive with most elements. causing it to remain near ground level and increasing exposure time.

Immediate Effects The immediate effects of chlorine gas toxicity include acute inflammation of the conjunctivae. The hallmark of pulmonary injury associated with chlorine toxicity is pulmonary edema. Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema is thought to occur when there is a loss of pulmonary capillary integrity. and ulcerative tracheobronchitis. manifested as hypoxia. pharynx. nose. resulting in pulmonary congestion. pneumonia. trachea. They include severe pulmonary edema. Pathological Findings Pathologic findings are nonspecific. Plasma exudation results in filling the alveoli with edema fluid. larynx. Chlorine Wrenches and Fusible Plugs Simple Chlorine Field Test Kit Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 96 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . multiple pulmonary thromboses. and bronchi. Irritation of the airway mucosa leads to local edema secondary to active arterial and capillary hyperemia. hyaline membrane formation.

Measuring Chlorine Residual Chlorine residual is the amount of chlorine remaining in water that can be used for disinfection. The most accurate method for determining chlorine residuals to use the laboratory ampermetric titration method. The redder the mixture the “hotter” or stronger the chlorine in solution. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 97 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Free chlorine residuals need to be checked and recorded daily. N – diethyl-p-phenylenediame Small portable chlorine measuring kit. A convenient. You can measure what chlorine levels are being found in your system (especially at the far ends).) Chlorine test kits are very useful in adjusting the chlorine dose you apply. (Make sure you buy a test kit using the DPD method. These results should be kept on file for a health or regulatory agency inspection during a regular field visit. and not the outdated orthotolodine method. simple and inexpensive way to measure chlorine residual is to use a small portable kit with pre-measured packets of chemicals that are added to water.Using DPD Method for Chlorine Residuals N.

absolute chlorine demand. Chlorination may produce adverse effects.or amine-bearing waters adversely affects some aquatic life. and hypochlorite ion. Combined chlorine formed on chlorination of ammonia. real-time graphs. Both free and combined chlorine may be present simultaneously. Chlorine applied to water in its molecular or hypochlorite form initially undergoes hydrolysis to form free chlorine consisting of aqueous molecular chlorine. manganese. Combined chlorine in water supplies may be formed in the treatment of raw waters containing ammonia or by the addition of ammonia or ammonium salts. Historically the principal analytical problem has been to distinguish between free and combined forms of chlorine. and nitrogen trichloride. normally contain only combined chlorine. • Forward titration: USEPA-accepted methods for free and total chlorine and chlorine dioxide with chlorite. and some organic substances. the AutoCAT 9000 gives you: • High throughput: performs the titration and calculates concentration. Hach’s AutoCAT 9000™ Automatic Titrator is the newest solution to hit the disinfection industry – a comprehensive. dichloramine. • Back titration: USEPA-accepted method for total chlorine in wastewater. yet convenient: the easiest way to complete ppb-level amperometric titration. particularly in treating drinking water. Chlorinated wastewater effluents. graphic print output. • Accurate. With ammonia. all automatically. hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite ion will predominate. Taste and odor characteristics of phenols and other organic compounds present in a water supply may be intensified. At the pH of most waters. iron. even electrode cleaning.and temperature-dependent. Potentially carcinogenic chloro-organic compounds such as chloroform may be formed. A secondary benefit. it is essential that proper testing procedures be used with a foreknowledge of the limitations of the analytical determination. initial chlorine-to-nitrogen ratio. sulfide. To fulfill the primary purpose of chlorination and to minimize any adverse effects. is the overall improvement in water quality resulting from the reaction of chlorine with ammonia. The relative proportion of these free chlorine forms is pH. calculation. and reaction time. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 98 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Free chlorine reacts readily with ammonia and certain nitrogenous compounds to form combined chlorine. benchtop chlorine-measurement system that does it all: calibration.Amperometric Titration The chlorination of water supplies and polluted waters serves primarily to destroy or deactivate disease-producing microorganisms. titration. chlorine reacts to form the chloramines: monochloramine. More a laboratory assistant than an instrument. temperature. hypochlorous acid. The presence and concentrations of these combined forms depend chiefly on pH. as well as certain chlorinated industrial effluents.

Beginning The common chemical equation could be A + B --> C + D. the two reacting chemicals will go to products C + D etc. Be. but its usage has long been broadened to include any reaction in which electrons are transferred. for example. Cl-. Column 17. Br-. each having one electron. CH4 + 2 Cl --> CH3Cl + HCl. H. Cl. Na. F. Have a look at the “periodic table of the elements”. For example. thus the iron becomes positively charged (is oxidized) by loss of two electrons while the copper receives the two electrons and becomes neutral (is reduced). This is chemical A + chemical B. He. Dehydrogenation is also a form of oxidation. Column 18. Li.Chemical Equations. I-. cupric ion is the oxidizing agent in the reaction: Fe (metal) + Cu++ --> Fe++ + Cu (metal). K+. Now. I. Mg. as in oxidation of alcohol’s to aldehyde’s. a removed from a hydrogen-containing organic compound by a catalytic reaction with air or oxygen. etc. etc. An ion is the reactive state of the chemical. Electrons may also be displaced within the molecule without being completely transferred away from it. These all become ions as H+. You can see column one. Ne. become ions Be2+. The next column. Ar. halogen addition to a double bond is regarded as an oxidation. Ca etc. when two hydrogen atoms. Li+.. etc. and the substance which gains electrons is termed the oxidizing agent. two electrons (negative charges) are transferred from the iron atom to the copper atom.e. K etc. Oxidation Number The number of electrons that must be added to or subtracted from an atom in a combined state to convert it to the elemental form. let us look at some common ions. ionize to a negative F-. Mg2+. both positive ions and negative ions. Reaction of a hydrocarbon with a halogen. Oxidation and reduction always occur simultaneously (redox reactions). let’s start with this review of basic chemical equations. i. involves partial oxidation of the methane. It is arranged in columns of elements. Such partial loss of electrons likewise constitutes oxidation in its broader sense and leads to the application of the term to a large number of processes which at first sight might not be considered to be oxidation’s. Kr are inert gases. Br. Oxidation States and Balancing of Equations Before we breakdown Chlorine and other chemicals. in barium chloride ( BaCl2) the oxidation number of barium is +2 and of chlorine is -1. Oxidation The term “oxidation” originally meant a reaction in which oxygen combines chemically with another substance. What you need to memorize is the table of common ions. there are 18 columns. column 2. Many elements can exist in more than one oxidation state. here. and is dependent on its place within the periodic table. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 99 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Ca2+.

For example: Na+ + OH.--> Na2S2O3 Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 100 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .--> NaOH (sodium hydroxide) Na+ + Cl. and vice versa.--> NaCl (salt) 3H+ + PO43.--> H3PO4 (phosphoric acid) 2Na+ + S2O32.Table of Common Ions Positive Ions Valency 1 lithium sodium potassium silver hydronium (or hydrogen) ammonium copper I mercury I Negative Ions Valency 1 fluoride chloride bromide iodide hydroxide nitrate bicarbonate bisulphate nitrite chlorate permanganate hypochlorite dihydrogen phosphate F - Valency 2 Li+ Na+ K+ Ag+ H3O+ H+ NH4+ Cu+ Hg+ magnesium calcium strontium barium copper II lead II zinc manganese II iron II tin II Valency 2 oxide sulfide carbonate sulfate sulfite dichromate chromate oxalate thiosulfate tetrathionate monohydrogen phosphate Mg2+ Ca2+ Sr2+ Ba2+ Cu2+ Pb2+ Zn2+ Mn2+ Fe2+ Sn2+ Valency 3 aluminum iron III chromium Al3+ Fe3+ Cr3+ Valency 3 O 2- phosphate PO43- ClBr IOHNO3HCO3HSO4NO2ClO3MnO4OClH2PO4- S2CO32SO42SO32Cr2O7CrO42C2O42S2O32S4O62HPO42- Positive ions will react with negative ions. This is the start of our chemical reactions.

Al3+ the 3 goes in front of the SO42.charge on the phosphate. SO42-.--> AlCl (incorrect) Al3+ + 3Cl. Why? Because we are dealing with the sulfate ion.and the 2 from the SO42. You simply place the valency of one ion. becomes 3Cl-. this same number (now in front of each ion on the left side of the equation). or cancel each other out. Let us again look at: Al3+ + SO42.as 3SO42-. an ion like PO43. aluminum exists in its ionic state as Al3+. and vice versa. SO42-. the 2 goes in front of the Al3+ to become 2Al3+. Equation becomes: 2Al3+ + 3SO42. On the right hand side of the equation.--> Al2(SO4)3 (correct) Put the three from the Al in front of the SO42. and balance them.(phosphate will require an ion of 3+ or an ion of one (+) (but needs three of these) to neutralize the 3.in front of the Al3+. the 2 times 3+ = 6+. Remember to encase the SO4 in brackets. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 101 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . PO43-. so we have to ensure that the “ion” is bracketed. OH-. and SO42-. reacts with an ion of one (-) then the equation is balanced. the number is transferred to after the relevant ion.= 6-. However. Then on the right hand side of the equation. in front of the other ion. is placed after each “ion” entity. what you are doing is balancing the charges (+) or (-) to make them zero. Now to check. Let us do these examples. Cl3.charged (not just the O4). When the left hand side of the equation is written. For example.--> Al2(SO4)3 (correct) Let me give you an easy way of balancing: Al is 3+ SO4 is 2Simply transpose the number of positives (or negatives) for each ion. That is.--> Al2(SO4)3. Another example: Al3+ + SO42. the number 3 is placed in front of the ion concerned. it will react with many negatively charged ions. and 3 times 2. and equal amounts of negative ions. Al3+ + Cl. where the ions have become a compound (a chemical compound). examples: Cl-.--> AlCl3 (correct) How did we work this out? Al3+ has three positives (3+) Cl. So. by placing this value of one ion. and it is this ion that is 2. We have equal amounts of positive ions. as a whole number.has one negative (-) It will require 3 negative charges to cancel out the 3 positive charges on the aluminum ( Al3+).--> AlSO4 (incorrect) 2Al3+ + 3SO42. to the other ion.--> AlSO4 (incorrect) Al3+ + SO42. in front of the other ion. in this case Cl-.You will see from these examples. to balance the number of chlorine’s (Cl-) required. that if an ion of one (+).

( because we originally had (OH)2 attached to the Mg. This will have to be the chlorine. because at the moment the Na+ is tied to the OH-. so this gave us NaOH. and then placing this number after each ion on the right side of the equation) What is left is the H+ from the H3PO4 and this will react with a negative ion.--> Na+Cl. The Mg2+ needs to react with a negatively charged ion.+ H+Cl. HCl is H+ + Cl -. Originally the one positive canceled the one negative.Another example: NaOH + HCl --> ? Na is Na+. This is showing you which ions are reacting with each other.from the NaOH. OH is OH-.--> H2O (water).--> 6H2O Where did I get the 6 from? When I balanced the Mg2+ with the PO43-. we only have the OH.--> NaCl The H+ from the HCl will react with a negative (-) ion this will be the OH. the equation became 3Mg2+ + 2PO43. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 102 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .+ H+OHSomething More Difficult: Mg(OH)2 + H3PO4 --> ? (equation on left not balanced) Mg2+ 2OH. The balancing of equations is simple. You need to learn the valency of the common ions (see tables). and placing it in front of each ion. as 6H+ + 6OH. So: Na+ + Cl. 6H+ + 6OH. so let us rewrite the equation in ionic form. Once you get the idea of equations you will not need this step. and H3 attached to the PO4. The equation becomes: 6H+ + 6OH.--> Mg3(PO4)2 Therefore. We have equal amounts of all atoms each side of the equation.+ 3H+PO43. this will be the PO43-. Cl-.--> 6H2O The full equation is now balanced and is: 3Mg(OH)2 + 2H3PO4 --> Mg3(PO4)2 + 6H2O I have purposely split the equation into segments of reactions. on the left side of the equation. so: 3Mg2+ + 2PO43. We have to write this. Reaction is going to be the Na+ reacting with a negatively charged ion. and 2H3PO4.from the Mg(OH)2 left for it to react with.because we need it in ionic form. so the equation is balanced. So: H+ + OH.--> Mg3(PO4)2 (Remember the swapping of the positive or negative charges on the ions in the left side of the equation.--> ? (equation on left not balanced). this gave us HCl. or Na+OH. I therefore have 2H3 reacting with 3(OH)2. I must have required 3Mg(OH)2 to begin with. The complete reaction can be written: NaOH + HCl --> NaCl + H2O.

a recognized ion.(one negative ion) then we require 2 more negatively charged ions (in this case OH-) to counteract the 3 positive charges the Al3+ contains. as in 3Mg(OH)2 + 2H3PO4 --> ? Conductivity. Brackets are used in the right side of the equation because the result is a compound. Brackets are also used for compounds (reactants) in the left side of equations. place the 1 from the hydroxyl OH. each side of the equation. Al3+ (the 1 is never written in chemistry equations). or positives. You have to have the same number of negatives. example OH. If one ion. place the 3 from the Al3+ in front of the OH-. and the same number of ions or atoms each side of the equation. all numbers in front of each ion on the left hand side of the equation are placed after each same ion on the right side of the equation. (3 positive charges) reacts with another ion. Take my earlier hint. temperature and pH measuring equipment. positives versus negatives. On the right hand side of the equation. Al3+ + 3OH. example Al3+.The rest is pure mathematics. you are balancing valency charges. now stays the same. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 103 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . there are no brackets placed around the OH-. now reads 3OH-.in front of the Al3+.--> Al(OH)3 The 3 is simply written in front of the OH-.

Hard to tell. Notice the five gallon bucket of motor oil in the bottom picture. but these are one ton cylinders. Do you have an eye wash and emergency shower? Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 104 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Also notice that this picture is the only eye wash station that we found during our inspection of 10 different facilities.

. So let’s look now at how free. the ratio of hypochlorous acid increases. calcium hypochlorite or chlorine gas. There are always other substances (interfering agents) such as iron.Chemistry of Chlorination Chlorine can be added as sodium hypochlorite. Under normal water conditions. Types of Residual If water were pure. about 100 times less effective. hypochlorous acid will also chemically react and break down into a hypochlorite ion (OCl . manganese. When a chlorine residual test is taken. pathogenic organisms are actually harder to kill. The amount of hypochlorous acid depends on the pH and temperature of the water. As the temperature is decreased. which will combine chemically with the chlorine. Let’s now look at how pH and temperature affect the ratio of hypochlorous acid to hypochlorite ions. higher water temperatures and a lower pH are more conducive to chlorine disinfection. It is free chlorine that is much more effective as a disinfecting agent. When any of these is added to water. Total chlorine residual = free + combined chlorine residual.): HOCI H + + OCI – Also expressed HOCI → H + + OCI – (hypochlorous acid) (hydrogen) (hypochlorite ion) The hypochlorite ion is a much weaker disinfecting agent than hypochlorous acid. Temperature plays a small part in the acid ratio. This is called the chlorine demand. etc. Total residual is all chlorine that is available for disinfection. But water is not 100% pure. Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid but a strong disinfecting agent. once chlorine molecules are combined with these interfering agents they are not capable of disinfection. turbidity. either a total or a free chlorine residual can be read. Naturally. chemical reactions occur as these equations show: Cl 2 + H 2 O → HOCI + HCI (chlorine gas) (water) (hypochlorous acid) (hydrochloric acid) CaOCI + H 2 O → 2HOCI + Ca(OH) (calcium hypochlorite) (water) (hypochlorous acid) (calcium hydroxide) NaOCI + H 2 O → HOCI + Na(OH) (sodium hypochlorite) (water) (hypochlorous acid) (sodium hydroxide) All three forms of chlorine produce hypochlorous acid (HOCl) when added to water. the measured amount of chlorine in the water should be the same as the amount added. Although the ratio of hypochlorous acid is greater at lower temperatures. total and combined chlorine are related. All other things being equal. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 105 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

Free chlorine residual is a much stronger disinfecting agent. 1989). most water regulating agencies will require that your daily chlorine residual readings be of free chlorine residual. Therefore. The residual is measured at the end of the process. 1 Ton and 150 pound cylinders. since monitoring for very low levels of pathogens in treated water is analytically very difficult. Residual Concentration/Contact Time (CT) Requirements Disinfection to eliminate fecal and coliform bacteria may not be sufficient to adequately reduce pathogens such as Giardia or viruses to desired levels. Break-point chlorination is where the chlorine demand has been satisfied. The CT concept. and the contact time used is the T10 of the process unit (time for 10% of the water to pass). Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 106 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Use of the "CT" disinfection concept is recommended to demonstrate satisfactory treatment. The 1 ton is on a scale. June 29. uses the combination of disinfectant residual concentration (mg/L) and the effective disinfection contact time (in minutes) to measure effective pathogen reduction. Parts 141 and 142. CT = Concentration (mg/L) x Time (minutes) The effective reduction in pathogens can be calculated by reference to standard tables of required CTs. as developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (Federal Register. 40 CFR. any additional chlorine will be considered free chlorine.

temperature and the disinfectant used. Results shall be reported as a reduction Ratio.0 to be acceptable. The reduction Ratio must be greater than 1. and 4-log reduction in viruses. Reduction Ratio = CT actual : CT required Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 107 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . or by using the lowest CT value if it is calculated more frequently.100 cysts/100 L 4-log .10 cysts/100 L 3-log . The tables attached to Appendices A and B shall be used to determine the required CT. Calculation and Reporting of CT Data Disinfection CT values shall be calculated daily using either the maximum hourly flow and the disinfectant residual at the same time. TABLE 4. Required CT Value Required CT values are dependent on pH. Users may also calculate and record actual log reductions. along with the appropriate pH.4-log 10 cysts/100 L . temperature. Actual CT values are then compared to required CT values. These requirements are based on unpolluted raw water sources with Giardia levels of = 1 cyst/100 L.1. and a finished water goal of 1 cyst/100.5-log > 100 cysts/100 L > 5-log *Use geometric means of data to determine raw water Giardia levels for compliance.000 risk of infection per person per year). and disinfectant residual.1 Level of Giardia Reduction Raw Water Giardia Levels* Recommended Giardia Log Reduction < 1 cyst/100 L 3-log 1 cyst/100 L .Required Giardia/Virus Reduction All surface water treatment systems shall ensure a minimum reduction in pathogen levels: 3-log reduction in Giardia. residual concentration.000 L (equivalent to 1 in 10. Higher raw water contamination levels may require greater removals as shown on Table 4.

H. F. This metal plug will melt at 158 to 165o F. D.Chlorinator Parts A. E. Ejector Check Valve Assembly Rate Valve Diaphragm Assembly Interconnection Manifold Rotometer Tube and Float Pressure Gauge Gas Supply Chlorine measurement devices or Rotometers Safety Information: There is a fusible plug on every chlorine tank. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 108 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . This is to prevent a build-up of excessive pressure and the possibility of cylinder rupture due to fire or high temperatures. B. C. G.

Methods of Control Chlorine feed system shall be automatic proportional controlled. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 109 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . chlorine gas under pressure shall not be permitted outside the chlorine room. Standby Provision As a safeguard against malfunction and/or shut-down. which is the mechanical gas proportioning equipment. vent line should be run in such a manner that moisture collecting traps are avoided. In the compound loop control system. In the automatic proportional controlled system. the chlorine feeder is used in conjunction with a chlorine residual analyzer which controls the feed rate of the chlorine feeders to maintain a particular residual in the treated water. For uninterrupted chlorination. may or may not be located inside the chlorine room. The gas pressure relief system shall vent pressurized gas to the atmosphere at a location that is not hazardous to plant personnel. In the automatic residual controlled system. A gas pressure relief system shall be included in the gas vacuum line between the vacuum regulator(s) and the chlorinator(s) to ensure that pressurized chlorine gas does not enter the gas vacuum lines leaving the chlorine room. from the chlorine room. standby chlorination equipment having the capacity to replace the largest unit shall be provided. Vacuum regulators shall also be located inside the chlorine room. A chlorine room is where chlorine gas cylinders and/or ton containers are stored. spare parts shall be available for all chlorinators.Chlorination Equipment Requirements For all water treatment facilities. or compound loop controlled. A manual chlorine feed system may be installed for groundwater systems with constant flow rates. As an alternative to chlorine gas. Capacity The chlorinator shall have the capacity to dose enough chlorine to overcome the demand and maintain the required concentration of the "free" or "combined" chlorine. For new and upgraded facilities. chlorine gas vacuum lines should be run as close to the point of solution application as possible. In addition. it is permissible to use hypochlorite with positive displacement pumping. Injectors should be located to minimize the length of pressurized chlorine solution lines. The chlorinator. the feed rate of the chlorinator is controlled by a flow proportional signal and a residual analyzer signal to maintain particular chlorine residual in the water. gas chlorinators shall be equipped with an automatic changeover system. The vacuum regulating valve(s) shall have positive shutdown in the event of a break in the downstream vacuum lines. the equipment adjusts the chlorine feed rate automatically in accordance with the flow changes to provide a constant pre-established dosage for all rates of flow. or automatic residual controlled. Anti-siphon valves shall be incorporated in the pump heads or in the discharge piping.

Selection of Respiratory Protective Equipment.. As a minimum. Safety Equipment The facility shall be provided with personnel safety equipment including the following: Respiratory equipment. safety shower. a platform scale shall be provided. floor area less than 3m2).Weigh Scales Scales for weighing cylinders shall be provided at all plants using chlorine gas to permit an accurate reading of total daily weight of chlorine used. Leak detection equipment shall not automatically activate the chlorine room ventilation system in such a manner as to discharge chlorine gas. Chlorine Leak Detection Automatic chlorine leak detection and related alarm equipment shall be installed at all water treatment plants using chlorine gas. Leak detection shall be provided for the chlorine rooms. eyewash. the chlorine gas leakage shall be contained within the chlorine room itself in order to facilitate a proper method of clean-up. gloves.g. Consideration should also be given to the provision of caustic soda solution reaction tanks for absorbing the contents of leaking one-ton cylinders where such cylinders are in use. Chlorine leak detection equipment may not be required for very small chlorine rooms with an exterior door (e. General Safety Regulation . Securing Cylinders All chlorine cylinders shall be securely positioned to safeguard against movement. Equipment shall be in close proximity to the access door(s) of the chlorine room. the ammonia will create a white colored smoke. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 110 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . You can use a spray solution of Ammonia or a rag soaked with Ammonia to detect a small Cl2 leak. At large plants. Respiratory equipment shall be provided which has been approved under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. During an emergency if the chlorine room is unoccupied. Tag the cylinder ”empty” and store upright and chained. protective clothing. Chlorine leak detection equipment should be connected to a remote audible and visual alarm system and checked on a regular basis to verify proper operation. eye protection. Scales shall be of corrosion-resistant material. cylinder and/or ton repair kits. Ton containers may not be stacked. If there is a leak. scales of the recording and indicating type are recommended.

Ventilation Gas chlorine rooms shall have entirely separate exhaust ventilation systems capable of delivering one (1) complete air change per minute during periods of chlorine room occupancy only. and a clear wire-reinforced glass window shall be installed in such a manner as to allow the operator to inspect from the outside of the room. and corrosion resistant and mechanically ventilated enclosure. The air outlet from the room shall be 150 mm above the floor and the point of discharge located to preclude contamination of air inlets to buildings or areas used by people. Storage of Chlorine Cylinders If necessary. The hot water heating system for the building will negate the need for a separate heating system for the chlorine room. Cylinders or containers shall be protected to ensure that the chlorine maintains its gaseous state when entering the chlorinator. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 111 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Windows should be at least 0. The vents to the outside shall have insect screens. The heat should be controlled at approximately 15oC. The chlorine room shall be located at the ground floor level. entry into the chlorine rooms may be through a vestibule from outside. Viewing glass windows and panic button on the inside of door should also be provided. consideration shall be given to provide scrubbers for the chlorine room. The chlorinator may or may not be located inside the chlorine room. Air inlets should be louvered near the ceiling. Access All access to the chlorine room shall only be from the exterior of the building.20 m2 in area. the air being of such temperature as to not adversely affect the chlorination equipment. Visual inspection of the chlorination equipment from inside may be provided by the installation of glass window(s) in the walls of the chlorine room. Separate switches for fans and lights shall be outside the room at all entrance or viewing points.Chlorine Room Design Requirements Where gas chlorination is practiced. and be made of clear wire reinforced glass. There should also be a 'panic bar' on the inside of the chlorine room door for emergency exit. Heating Chlorine rooms shall have separate heating systems. a separate storage room may be provided to simply store the chlorine gas cylinders. the gas cylinders and/or the ton containers up to the vacuum regulators shall be housed in a gas-tight. if forced air system is used to heat the building. In very large facilities. The chlorine gas storage room shall have provision for ventilation at thirty air changes per hour. with no connection to the line. Scrubbers For facilities located within residential or densely populated areas. and arranged to prevent the uncontrolled release of spilled gas. well illuminated. The chlorine cylinder storage room shall have access either to the chlorine room or from the plant exterior.

means the amount of chlorine required to produce a free chlorine residual of 0. Also. How is the effectiveness of disinfection determined? From the results of coliform testing. Chlorine Questions and Answer Review Downstream from the point of post chlorination. Their demand for chlorine must be satisfied before chlorine becomes available to accomplish disinfection.5 mg/L. Amount of chlorine required to react on various water impurities before a residual is obtained.Chlorine Demand Chlorine combines with a wide variety of materials.000 ppm of Cl2 can be fatal. Even brief exposure to 1. These side reactions complicate the use of chlorine for disinfecting purposes. True How does one determine the ambient temperature in a chlorine room? Use a regular thermometer because ambient temperature is simply the air temperature of the room.1 mg/l after a contact time of fifteen minutes as measured by iodmetic method of a sample at a temperature of twenty degrees in conformance with Standard methods. True or False. what should the concentration of a free chlorine residual be in a clear well or distribution reservoir? 0. How often should chlorine storage ventilation equipment be checked? Daily. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 112 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

Where chlorine dioxide is approved for use as an oxidant. Ozone does not provide a system residual and should be used as a primary disinfectant only in conjunction with free and/or combined chlorine. the ammonia residuals in the finished water. This limits usable residuals of chlorine dioxide at the end of a process unit to less than 0. Ozone does not produce chlorinated byproducts (such as trihalomethanes) but it may cause an increase in such byproduct formation if it is fed ahead of free chlorine. but excluding chlorate) shall not exceed 0.30 mg/L during normal operation or 0. an accurate T10 value must be obtained for the contact chamber.50 mg/L (including chlorine dioxide. should be limited to inhibit growth of nitrifying bacteria. Ozone may also be used as an oxidant for removal of taste and odor or may be applied as a predisinfectant.Alternate Disinfectants Chloramine Chloramine is a very weak disinfectant for Giardia and virus reduction.5 mg/L. In the production of chloramines. It is best utilized as a stable distribution system disinfectant. ketones or carboxylic acids.5 mg/L ClO2/chlorite/chlorate allowed in finished water. Warning: Dry sodium chlorite is explosive and can cause fires in feed equipment if leaking solutions or spills are allowed to dry out. Ozone CT values must be determined for the ozone basin alone. it is recommended that it be used in conjunction with a stronger disinfectant. Total residual oxidants (including chlorine dioxide and chlorite. ozone may also produce its own oxygenated byproducts such as aldehydes. Chlorine dioxide provides good Giardia and virus protection but its use is limited by the restriction on the maximum residual of 0. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 113 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . and an ozone offgas destruction system. Ozone Ozone is a very effective disinfectant for both Giardia and viruses. chlorite and chlorate) during periods of extreme variations in the raw water supply. residual levels measured through the chamber and an average ozone residual calculated. Chlorine Dioxide Chlorine dioxide may be used for either taste and odor control or as a pre-disinfectant. Any installed ozonation system must include adequate ozone leak detection alarm systems. when fed in excess of stoichiometric amount needed. the preferred method of generation is to entrain chlorine gas into a packed reaction chamber with a 25% aqueous solution of sodium chlorite (NaClO2).

19th & 20th Editions Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 18th. (AWWA) 4500-ClO2 D Chlorine Dioxide by the DPD Method (Stage 1 DBP use SM 19th Ed. 18th.Additional Drinking Water Methods (non EPA) for Chemical Parameters Method Method Focus - Title Order Number Source 4500-Cl B Chloride by Silver Nitrate Titration Chloride by Potentiometric Method Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. (AWWA) American Water Works Assn. only) Chlorine Dioxide by the Amperometric Method II (Stage 1 DBP use SM 19th Ed. 19th & 20th Editions Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 18th & 19th Ed. only) Chlorine Residual by Iodometric Electrode Technique (Stage 1 DBP use SM 19th Ed. (AWWA) American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) 4500-Cl G Included in Standard Methods 4500-Cl H Included in Standard Methods 4500-Cl I Included in Standard Methods American Water Works Assn. only) Chlorine Residual by Syringaldazine (FACTS) Method (Stage 1 DBP use SM 19th Ed. 19th & 20th Editions Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.D 4500-Cl D Chlorine Residual by Amperometric Titration (Stage 1 DBP use SM 19th Ed. (AWWA) 4500-Cl. (AWWA) 4500-ClO2 C Included in Standard Methods American Water Works Assn. 18th. (AWWA) American Water Works Assn. only) Chlorine Residual by Low Level Amperometric Titration (Stage 1 DBP use SM 19th Ed. 19th & 20th Editions Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. only) Included in Standard Methods 4500-ClO2 E Included in Standard Methods Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 114 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . 18th. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. only) Chlorine Residual by DPD Ferrous Titration (Stage 1 DBP use SM 19th Ed. (AWWA) American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) American Water Works Assn. 19th & 20th Editions Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 19th & 20th Editions Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. (AWWA) American Water Works Assn. 18th. 19th & 20th Editions Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 19th & 20th Editions Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 19th & 20th Editions Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 18th. 18th. only) Chlorine Residual by DPD Colorimetric Method (Stage 1 DBP use SM 19th Ed. 18th. 18th. 19th & 20th Editions Included in Standard Methods Included in Standard Methods American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) American Water Works Assn. only) Chlorine Dioxide by the Amperometric Method I Included in Standard Methods 4500-Cl E Included in Standard Methods 4500-Cl F Included in Standard Methods American Water Works Assn. 18th.

These titrations are repeated on the sparged sample. The direct measurement of ClO2 is determined between 350 and 450 nM. Oxidizers 0. numerous test kits are readily available that can be adapted to measure chlorine dioxide. KI is added to the other sample at pH7 and titrated to a colorless endpoint. The pH is lower to 2.1 to 1. The degree of bleaching is proportional to the concentration of ClO2. new methods that are specific for chlorine dioxide are being developed.0 ppm 100 to 1000 ppm Color. In addition. whose intensity is proportional to the ClO2 concentration. The following are the common analytical methods for chlorine dioxide: DPD glycine Method Type: Colorimetric Chlorophenol Red Colorimetric Direct Absorbance Colorimetric Iodometric Titration Titrametric Amperometric Titration Titrametric How It Works Glycine removes Cl2.Chlorine Dioxide Methods Most tests for chlorine dioxide rely upon its oxidizing properties. Consequently.0 ppm. ClO2 forms a pink color. ClO2 bleaches chlorophenol red indicator.5 to 5. Two aliquots are taken one is sparged with N2 to remove ClO2. the color allowed to reform and the titration continued. Range 0. turbidity Simple > 1 ppm < 1ppm Interferences None Oxidizers Complexity Equipment Required EPA Status Simple Moderate Spectrophotometer or Colorimeter Not approved Yes Moderate Titration equipment High Amperometric Titrator Approved Not approved Marginal Not approved Yes Approved Recommendation Marginal Marginal Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 115 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

A worker's exposure to chlorine shall at no time exceed this ceiling level. HOCl and OCl-. On a 1 or 2 ton cylinder. Atomic number of Chlorine is 17. When chlorine gas is added to water. Never store near heat. pneumonia. fatal pulmonary edema. coughing. Approved method for storing a 150 . Hypochlorous acid is the most germicidal of the chlorine compounds with the possible exception of chlorine dioxide. approved gasket on the connector. Always store the empty in an upright. sneezing. Solid Chlorine is about 1. A yellowish green. and skin blisters. The connection from a chlorine cylinder to a chlorinator should be replaced by using a new. choking.IDLH 10 PPM and Fatal Exposure Limit 1. Yoke-type connectors should be used on a chlorine cylinder's valve assuming that the threads on the valve may be worn. * OSHA PEL 1 PPM . In water treatment.Chlorine Exposure Limits This information is necessary to pass your certification exam. chlorine gas should be used only in a well ventilated area so that any leaking gas cannot concentrate. dichloramine. and trichloramine are also known as Combined Available Chlorine. it rapidly hydrolyzes. secure position with proper signage. Emergency procedures in the case of a large uncontrolled chlorine leak. attach the protective bonnet over the valve and firmly secure each cylinder. Notify local emergency response team. a noncombustible gas. the OCL. The chemical equations best describes this reaction is Cl2 + H2O --> H+ + Cl.5 times heavier than water and gaseous chlorine is about 2. Cl is the elemental symbol and Cl2 is the chemical formula. In addition to protective clothing and goggles. and a strong oxidizer.+ HOCl. nausea and vomiting. It can be readily compressed into a clear. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 116 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Here are several symptoms of chlorine exposure. Here are several safety precautions when using chlorine gas.200 pound chlorine cylinder: Secure each cylinder in an upright position.5 times heavier than air. Always follow your manufacturer’s instructions. the chlorine pressure reducing valve should be located downstream of the evaporator when using an evaporator. they are the two main chemical species formed by chlorine in water and they known by collectively as hypochlorous acid and the hypochlorite ion. be sure that no one enters the leak area without adequate self-contained breathing equipment. headaches and dizziness. * IDLH 10 PPM Physical and chemical properties of chlorine. amber-colored liquid. This is the liquid chlorine supply line and it is going to be made into Chlorine gas. Burning of eyes. nose. A little Cl2 will corrode the teeth and then progress to throat cancer. Cl2 + NH4. Chlorine is added to the effluent before the contact chamber (before the clear well) for complete mixing.000 PPM The current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limit (PEL) for chlorine is 1 ppm (3 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m(3))) as a ceiling limit. and mouth.is the hypochlorite ion and the both of these two species are known as free available chlorine. One reason for not adding it directly to the chamber is that the chamber has very little mixing due to low velocities. warn and evacuate people in adjacent areas. Monochloramine. nonflammable and liquefied gas with an unpleasant and irritating smell.

respirator fit testing. In addition. (3) during operations that require entry into tanks or closed vessels. and cleaning. The selection of the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) (e. Not recommended.g. sleeves. some situations may require the use of respirators to control exposure. Respirators must be worn if the ambient concentration of chlorine exceeds prescribed exposure limits. For additional information on the selection and use of respirators and on the medical screening of respirator users. Any chemical-resistant clothing that is used should be periodically evaluated to determine its effectiveness in preventing dermal contact. users should consult the best available performance data and manufacturers' recommendations. (2) during work operations such as maintenance or repair activities that involve unknown exposures.Respiratory Protection Section Conditions for Respirator Use Good industrial hygiene practice requires that engineering controls be used where feasible to reduce workplace concentrations of hazardous materials to the prescribed exposure limit. and maintained to be effective in preventing skin contact with chlorine. an evaluation of the worker's ability to perform the work while wearing a respirator. Material is estimated (but not tested) to provide at least four hours of protection. periodic workplace monitoring. degradation may occur. butyl) produced by different manufacturers. Significant differences have been demonstrated in the chemical resistance of generically similar PPE materials (e. and regular respirator maintenance. at a minimum. inspection.. Personal Protective Equipment Workers should use appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment that must be carefully selected. complies with the requirements of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard [29 CFR 1910. To evaluate the use of these PPE materials with chlorine. Workers should only use respirators that have been approved by NIOSH and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The resistance of various materials to permeation by both chlorine liquid and chlorine gas is shown below: Material Breakthrough Time (hr) Chlorine Liquid Responder Chlorine gas butyl rubber neoprene Teflon viton saranex barricade chemrel responder trellchem HPS nitrile rubber H (PE/EVAL) polyethylene polyvinyl chloride. However. used.g. the chemical resistance of a mixture may be significantly different from that of any of its neat components.. Respirators may be used (1) before engineering controls have been installed.134]. encapsulating suits) should be based on the extent of the worker's potential exposure to chlorine. Safety showers and eye wash stations should be located close to operations that involve chlorine. gloves. The implementation of an adequate respiratory protection program (including selection of the correct respirator) requires that a knowledgeable person be in charge of the program and that the program be evaluated regularly. and (4) during emergencies. consult the latest edition of the NIOSH Respirator Decision Logic [NIOSH 1987b] and the NIOSH Guide to Industrial Respiratory Protection [NIOSH 1987a]. Such a program must include respirator selection. the regular training of personnel. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 117 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Respiratory Protection Program Employers should institute a complete respiratory protection program that.

encapsulating suits). or similar full-body coverings that are laundered each day. Employers should collect work clothing at the end of each work shift and provide for its laundering.g. caustic. Laundry personnel should be informed about the potential hazards of handling contaminated clothing and instructed about measures to minimize their health risk. especially during hot weather or during work in hot or poorly ventilated work environments. minimum) should be worn during any operation in which a solvent. In addition to the possible need for wearing protective outer apparel e. aprons. Protective clothing should be kept free of oil and grease and should be inspected and maintained regularly to preserve its effectiveness. or other toxic substance may be splashed into the eyes. Protective clothing may interfere with the body's heat dissipation. SCBA Fit Test Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 118 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . workers should wear work uniforms..Splash-proof chemical safety goggles or face shields (20 to 30 cm long. Employers should provide lockers or other closed areas to store work and street clothing separately. coveralls.

There are Three Ways in Which NaOCl Solutions Degrade • Chlorate-forming reaction due to age. The handling and storage of NaOCl presents the plant with a new and sometimes unfamiliar. There are Many Factors that Effect the Stability of a NaOCl Solution • Initial solution strength. • Temperature of the solution. copper or nickel. Product Stability The oxidizing nature of this substance means that it should be handled with extreme care. • Exposure of the solution to sunlight. it degrades over time. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 119 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . This is often purchased commercially at 10 to 15% strength. temperature. some users of gas have chosen to seek alternative forms of disinfectants for their water and wastewater treatment plants. • Oxygen-producing reaction that occurs when metals. • Chlorine-producing reaction when solution pH falls below 6. • pH solution. set of equipment installation configurations and operating conditions. light and minor reduction in pH. or metal oxides are brought into contact with the solution. One of these alternative forms is sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl)). As NaOCl is relatively unstable.Recommendations for Preparing/Handling/Feeding Sodium Hypochlorite Solutions As a result of the pressures brought to bear by Health and Safety requirements. such as iron.

water piping and pumping equipment. Signs of Iron and Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria There are a number of signs that indicate the presence of iron and sulfate-reducing bacteria. The iron naturally present in the water can be the cause. Iron bacteria aggravate the problem by creating an environment that encourages the growth of sulfate-reducing bacteria in the well. If you see a greasy slime or growth. the water flowing in will also bring in nutrients that enhance bacterial growth. Many types of bacteria can contaminate wells. creating problems such as: Reduced well yield Restricted water flow in distribution lines Staining of plumbing fixtures and laundry Plugging of water treatment equipment “Rotten egg” odor. Slime Growth The easiest way to check a well and water system for iron bacteria is to examine the inside surface of the toilet flush tank. A well creates a direct path for oxygen to travel into the ground where it would not normally exist. iron bacteria are probably present. bacteria growth will coat the inside of the well casing. but the most common are iron and sulfate-reducing bacteria. However.5-4 mg/L of dissolved oxygen.Shock Chlorination — Well Maintenance Shock chlorination is a relatively inexpensive and straightforward procedure used to control bacteria in water wells. Note: All iron staining problems are not necessarily caused by iron bacteria. as little as 0. To thrive.01 mg/L dissolved iron and a temperature range of 5 to 15°C. They include: Slime growth Rotten egg odor Increased staining. Sulfate-reducing bacteria prefer to live underneath the slime layer that the iron bacteria form. Iron bacteria leave this slimy by-product on almost every surface the water is in contact with. Some iron bacteria use dissolved iron in the water as a food source. Rotten Egg Odor Sulfate-reducing bacteria can cause a rotten egg odor in water. Ideal Conditions for Iron Bacteria Water wells provide ideal conditions for iron bacteria. Although not a cause of health problems in humans. iron bacteria require 0. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 120 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Bacteria may be introduced during drilling of a well or when pumps are removed for repair and laid on the ground. iron and sulfate-reducing bacteria (as well as other bacteria) can exist naturally in groundwater. When a well is pumped.

The first three are very specific problems related to these bacteria. To be effective. you must use enough chlorine to disinfect the entire cased section of the well and adjacent water-bearing formation. For wells greater than 100 feet deep or with a larger casing diameter. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 121 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . If you have a dug well with a diameter greater than 18 inches.Some of these bacteria produce hydrogen sulfide as a by-product. To be effective. Use the following checklist to determine if you have an iron or sulfate-reducing bacteria problem. a large volume of super chlorinated water is siphoned down the well to displace all the water in the well and some of the water in the formation around the well. It can create a staining problem where one never existed before or make an iron staining problem worse as time goes by. Shock Chlorination — Well Maintenance Shock Chlorination Method Shock chlorination is used to control iron and sulfate-reducing bacteria and to eliminate fecal coliform bacteria in a water system. The last two problems can be signs of other problems as well. Effectiveness of Shock Chlorination With shock chlorination. resulting in a “rotten egg” or sulfur odor in the water. through the wellbore and the distribution system) is exposed to water which has a concentration of chlorine strong enough to kill iron and sulfate reducing bacteria. Please note that many dug wells are difficult or impossible to disinfect due t o their unsanitary construction. the entire system (from the water-bearing formation. use 2 to 4 gallons of bleach added directly to the well. Increased Staining Problems Iron bacteria can concentrate iron in water sources with low iron content. Others produce small amounts of sulfuric acid which can corrode the well casing and pumping equipment. shock chlorination must disinfect the following: The entire well depth The formation around the bottom of the well The pressure system Some water treatment equipment The distribution system. Bacteria collect in the pore spaces of the formation and on the casing or screened surface of the well. This is generally sufficient to disinfect a 4 inch diameter well 100 feet deep or less. increase the amount of bleach proportionately. Checklist to Determine an Iron or Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria Problem Greasy slime on inside surface of toilet flush tank Increased red staining of plumbing fixtures and laundry Sulfur odor Reduced well yield Restricted water flow Mixing a Chlorine Solution Add a half gallon of bleach to a clean pail with about 3 gallons of water. To accomplish this.

1 .21 . Store sufficient water to meet farm and family needs for 8 to 48 hours. subtract the non-pumping water level from the total depth of the well. (30 cm) per 1 ft.3 24 (600)2 extra 200 gal. before you notice a significant improvement in the water. This is to dislodge and remove the bacterial slime. you may have to repeat the procedure each spring and fall as a regular maintenance procedure. In more severe cases. extra 1000 L 1. If your well has never been shock chlorinated or has not been done for some time.9 .The procedure described below does not completely eliminate iron bacteria from the water system. Pump the recommended amount of water (see Amount of Chlorine Required to Obtain a Chlorine Concentration of 1000 PPM) into clean storage.6 8 (200) 4. You might also consider hiring a drilling contractor to thoroughly clean and flush the well before chlorinating in order to remove any buildup on the casing. (30 cm) per 1 ft. See the example below.042 7.0 . A clean galvanized stock tank or pickup truck box lined with a 4 mil thick plastic sheet is suitable. To control the iron bacteria. it may be necessary to use a stronger chlorine solution. extra 1000 L 3. Follow these steps to shock chlorinate your well.2 19.7 . Caution: If your well is low yielding or tends to pump any silt or sand.7 286 Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 122 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .74 127 36 (900)2 extra 200 gal. Shock Chlorination Procedure for Small Drilled Wells A modified procedure is also provided for large diameter wells. Shock Chlorination — Well Maintenance 5 1/4% 12% Industrial 170% Casing Diameter Volume of Water Needed Domestic Sodium High Test Chlorine Bleach Hypochlorite Hypochlorite L needed L need Dry weight1 Water needed per 1 ft.2 6 (150) 2. but it will hold it in check.4 10. The recommended amount of water to use is twice the volume of water present in the well casing.1 5. applied two or three times.095 . you must be very careful using the following procedure because over pumping may damage the well. When pumping out the chlorinated solution.36 .16 27.) (L) (L) (L) (g) 4 (100) 1. (30 cm) of water in the casing of water of water of water (in) (mm) (gal.091 15. To measure how much water is in the casing. (30 cm) per 1 ft.8 1. monitor the water discharge for sediment. This should be done by a drilling contractor. the pump may have to be removed and chemical solutions added to the well and vigorous agitation carried out using special equipment.

and you are using 12% industrial sodium hypochlorite. Backwash and regenerate any water treatment equipment. If your well is located in a pit. Well pits are no longer legal to construct. furnace humidifier) until the water coming out has a chlorine odor. Mix the chlorine with the previously measured water to obtain a 1000 ppm chlorine solution. Open each hydrant and faucet in the distribution system (including all appliances that use water such as dishwasher.1 L of 12% chlorine. Using Table 1. of water in casing = _______ L of chlorine. you will require . of water in the casing. of water in the casing. = 9. Make sure to direct the water away from sensitive plants or landscaping. it should be mixed with water to form a chlorine solution before placing it in the well. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 123 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . If you have 100 ft. Use a drilling contractor who has the proper equipment and experience to do the job safely. Allow the hot water tank to fill completely. of water_______ x _______ ft. calculate the amount of chlorine you will need for your well. Consult your water treatment equipment supplier to find out if any part of your water treatment system should be bypassed. The small amount of chlorine in the distribution system will not harm the septic tank. you will use 0. to prevent damage. Flush the chlorine solution from the hot water heater and household distribution system.091 L x 100 ft. Casing diameter_______ Chlorine strength_______ L needed per 1 ft. Calculating Amount of Chlorine Example If your casing is 6 in. the better the results. This will ensure all the plumbing fixtures are chlorinated. washing machine. Shock Chlorination — Well Maintenance Siphon this solution into the well. you must make sure there is proper ventilation during the chlorination procedure. The longer the contact time. Caution: Chlorine is corrosive and can even be deadly. Leave the chlorine solution in the well and distribution system for 8 to 48 hours.12% industrial sodium hypochlorite and 70% high test hypochlorite are available from: • Water treatment suppliers • Drilling contractor • Swimming pool maintenance suppliers • Dairy equipment suppliers • Some hardware stores. Since a dry chemical is being used. Amount of Chlorine Required to Obtain a Chlorine Concentration of 1000 PPM.091 L per ft. Open an outside tap and allow the water to run until the chlorine odor is greatly reduced. Calculate the amount of chlorine that is required.

7 L =_________ ______ft. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 124 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . needed per Dry weight 1 ft. Follow these steps to shock chlorinate a large diameter bored well. Continue for at least 15 minutes.7 L =________ _______ft. bleach and water solution prepared in Steps 1 and 2 into the well. x 0.042 L =________ _______ft. x 1. =_______ ________ft. Don't mix acids with chlorine. Mix 20 L of 5 1/4% domestic chlorine bleach (or 8 L of 12% bleach or 1. _______ft. This is dangerous.74 L =_________ ______ft.4 kg of 70% calcium hypochlorite) into the 200 gal. it should be mixed with water to form a chlorine solution prior to placing it in the well.If you have an old well that has not been routinely chlorinated.4 gal. x 0.095 L =________ _______ft. x 27.3 g =________ 24 (600)2 extra 200 gal. (Note that the 70% hypochlorite powder should be dissolved in water to form a solution before placing in the well. x 1.) Circulate chlorine added to the water in the well by hooking a garden hose up to an outside faucet and placing the other end back down the well. (1000 L) of water into a clean storage tank at the well head. =_______ ________ft. x 7. Siphon the 200 gal. x 127 g =________ 36 (900)2 extra 200 gal.21 L =________ _______ft.2 g =________ 6 (150) _______ft. The chlorinated water is used to force some of the chlorine solution into the formation around the well.2 gal. Casing Volume of 5 1/4% 12% Industrial 170% Diameter Water Needed Domestic Sodium High Test Chlorine Bleach Hypochlorite Hypochlorite Imperial gal. of stored water. x 0. (30 cm) (in) (mm) in the casing of water of water of water 4 (100) _______ft. Calculating Water and Chlorine Requirements for Shock Chlorination Complete the following table using your own figures to determine how much water and chlorine you need to shock chlorinate your well. of water L per 1 ft. x 3. x 0. =_______ ________ft.091 L =________ ______ft.8 L =________ _______ft. x 2. Any floating debris should be removed from the well and the casing should be scrubbed or hosed to disturb the sludge buildup. A more practical way to shock chlorinate a bored well is to mix the recommended amount of chlorine right in the well. Calculate the amount of chlorine you require per foot of water in the casing and add directly into the well. x 0. (30 cm) per 1 ft. x 1. _______ft. Pump 200 gal.1 gal. x 286 g =________ Since a dry chemical is being used.16 L =_________ ______ft. x 15. Complete the procedure as described in Steps 5 to 9 for drilled wells. consider hiring a drilling contractor to thoroughly clean the well prior to chlorinating.6 g =________ 8 (200) _______ft. x 0. x 0. This circulates the chlorinated water through the pressure system and back down the well. x 4.36 L =________ _______ft. (30 cm) L per 1 ft. Modified Procedure for Large Diameter Wells Due to the large volume of water in many bored wells the above procedure can be impractical.

Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 125 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . rather the well is acting to funnel contaminants down into the groundwater. Although well pits were the common method of construction several years ago. Keeping the plumbing system clean is an important part of maintaining a sanitary water supply. At no time should the water be exposed to the ground surface. and returning it to the well is enough to contaminate the well with bacteria. Spring water supplies are the most frequently contaminated. don't panic'! Bacterial contamination is very common. with over 70 percent containing coliform bacteria.What Should I do if my Well Water is Contaminated with Bacteria? First. The procedure for cleaning and sanitizing a well or spring with chlorine is called shock chlorination. It is important to remember that the groundwater is not necessarily contaminated in these cases. they are no longer considered sanitary construction. Concentrations of chlorine ranging from 50 to 200 mg/1 are used in the shock chlorination process. A properly protected well is evidenced by the well casing extending above the surface of the ground and the ground sloping away from the well to prevent water from collecting around the casing. the entire water system should be disinfected with chlorine. Improving protection of a well or spring from the inflow of surface water is an important option to consider if the supply is contaminated with bacteria. Simply pulling the pump out of the well. This is 100 to 400 times the amount of chlorine found in "city water. setting it on the grass to work on it. Studies have found that over 40 percent of private water supplies are contaminated with coliform bacteria. A properly protected spring is developed underground and the water channeled to a sealed spring box." The highly chlorinated water is held in the pipes for 12 to 24 hours before it is flushed out and the system is ready to be used again. Anytime work is performed on the plumbing or pump.

Table 3 lists the amount of chlorine laundry bleach or powdered high-test hypochlorite (HTH) that is needed for wells. The amount of chlorine needed to shock chlorinate a water system is determined by the amount of water standing in the well. If in doubt.Periodic shock chlorination also may be effective in reducing an iron bacteria problem. it is better to use more chlorine than less. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 126 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

Simply add the Colilert reagent to the sample. coli is present. and when E. samples fluoresce under UV light. incubate for 24 hours. coli in water samples in 24 hours or less. and read results.Bacteriological Monitoring Section Colilert tests simultaneously detects and confirms coliforms and E. as positive coliform samples turn yellow. Colilert is easy to read. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 127 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

The MPN values generated by the SimPlate for HPC method correlate with the Pour Plate method using Total Plate Count Agar incubated at 35o for 48 hours as described in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 19th Edition. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 128 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . The number of fluorescing wells corresponds to a Most Probable Number (MPN) of total bacteria in the original sample.SimPlate for HPC Multi Dose Method. IDEXX’s HPC method is used for the quantification of heterotrophic plate counts in water.

They are used to monitor for pathogens because of the difficulties in determining the presence of specific disease-causing microorganisms. a de-chlorination agent. Iron bacteria forms an obvious slime on the inside of pipes and fixtures. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 129 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Notice the custody seal on the bottle. A water test is not needed for identification. fecal coliforms and Escherichia coli (E. 100 mls. the potential presence of pathogens. The coliform bacteria group is used as an indicator organism to determine the biological quality of your water. Sterilize by spraying a 5% Clorox or alcohol solution or flaming the end of the tap with disposable butane lighter. Notice the white powder inside the bottle. Indicator bacteria are usually harmless. Fill the container and replace the top. Indicators in common use today for routine monitoring of drinking water include total coliforms. Be careful not to wash-out this chemical while sampling. The routine microbiological analysis of your water is for coliform bacteria. Indicator bacteria signal possible fecal contamination and therefore. often referred to as a Standard Sample. occur in high densities in their natural environment and are easily cultured in relatively simple bacteriological media. That is Sodium Thiosulfate. Run the water for five minutes to clear the water lines and bring in fresh water.Bacteriological Monitoring Most waterborne disease and illnesses have been related to the microbiological quality of drinking water. Refrigerate the sample and transport it to the testing laboratory within six hours (in an ice chest). coli). Many labs will not accept bacteria samples on Friday so check the lab's schedule. The presence of an indicator or pathogenic bacteria in your drinking water is an important health concern. Do not touch or contaminate the inside of the bottle or cap. Mailing bacteria samples is not recommended because laboratory analysis results are not as reliable. Bacteria Sampling Water samples for bacteria tests must always be collected in a sterile container. Check for a reddish-brown slime inside a toilet tank or where water stands for several days. Standard Sample Coliform Bacteria Bac-T Bac-T Sample Bottle. Take the sample from an inside faucet with the aerator removed. Carefully open the sample container and hold the outside of the cap.

000 daily population and has ground water as a source. Routine Coliform Sampling The number of routine samples and frequency of collection for community public water systems is shown in Table 3-1.S. The number of repeat samples to be collected is based on the number of routine samples you normally collect. It serves 25 or more daily population and utilizes surface water as a source or ground water under the direct influence of surface water as its source. 2. Special: Samples collected for other reasons. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 130 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . noncommunity water systems with less than 1. and indicates that the water may be contaminated with germs that can cause disease. Examples would be a sample collected after repairs to the system and before it is placed back into operation or a sample collected at a wellhead prior to a disinfection injection point. The sample results will be reported by the laboratories as simply coliforms present or absent. a product marketed as Colilert is the most common. Routine: Samples collected on a routine basis to monitor for contamination. coli and report their presence or absence. Collection should be in accordance with an approved sampling plan. EPA and your local environmental or health division: Methods The MMO-MUG test. Noncommunity and nontransient noncommunity public water systems will sample at the same frequency as a like sized community public water system if: 1. The three (3) types of samples are: 1. However. Please indicate in the space provided on the laboratory form the type of sample. the laboratory will analyze the sample further to determine if these are fecal coliforms or E. or 2. 3. If coliforms are present. Noncommunity and nontransient.Coliform Bacteria are common in the environment and are generally not harmful.000 daily population and groundwater as a source will sample on a quarterly basis. It has more than 1. the presence of these bacteria in drinking water is usually a result of a problem with the treatment system or the pipes which distribute water. Laboratory Procedures The laboratory may perform the total coliform analysis in one of four methods approved by the U. Types of Water Samples It is important to properly identify the type of sample you are collecting. Repeat: Samples collected following a ‘coliform present’ routine sample.

501-3.No. Within five (5) service connections upstream from the original sampling location. Within five (5) service connections downstream from the original sampling location.000 30 33.301 to 4. Repeat samples must be collected from: a.100 4 4.001 to 320.900 5 4.000 100 130.201 to 21.001 to 41.000 80 83. If only one routine sample per month or quarter is required.001 to 50.001 to 33.001 to 780. The follow-up for repeat sampling is: 1.901 to 5.200 15 17.000 240 Repeat Sampling Repeat sampling replaces the old check sampling with a more comprehensive procedure to try to identify problem areas in the system.001 to 450. d.001 to 59. 2.000 120 220.901 to 17. 6. 3.001 to 70.000 60 59.000 1 1.000 210 600. b.701 to 7. of Samples per System Population Persons served . it must collect five (5) routine samples the following month or quarter regardless of whether an MCL violation occurred or if repeat sampling was coliform absent.601 to 8.501 to 12.000 40 41.Samples per month up to 1.000 150 320. All repeat samples are included in the MCL compliance calculation. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 131 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . four (4) repeat samples must be collected.000 90 96. 4.900 10 12. If a system which normally collects fewer than five (5) routine samples per month has a coliform present sample.800 6 5.600 8 7. For systems collecting two (2) or more routine samples per month. If the system has only one service connection. Whenever a routine sample is total coliform or fecal coliform present a set of repeat samples must be collected within 24 hours after being notified by the laboratory.700 7 6. c.001 to 83.000 50 50.101 to 4.000 180 450.001-2.500 9 8.001 to 96. 5. three (3) repeat samples must be collected.801 to 6. Elsewhere in the distribution system or at the wellhead.501 to 25.001 to 220.500 20 21. if necessary.001 to 130.500 2 2. The original sampling location of the coliform present sample.001 to 600. the repeat samples must be collected from the same sampling location over a four-day period or on the same day.000 70 70.000 25 25.300 3 3.

When a particular contaminant exceeds its MCL a potential health threat may occur. You conduct the monitoring to make sure your water is in compliance with the MCL.). The recommended dose of 5% household bleach is 2 cups per 100 gallons of water in the well. Some examples of typical corrective measures to coliform problems are: 1. The Drinking Water Program contracts with many of the local health departments to provide assistance to water systems. It is very important to initiate the repeat sampling immediately as the corrective measures will be based on those results.Positive or Coliform Present Results What do you do when your sample is positive or coliform present? When you are notified of a positive test result you need to contact either the Drinking Water Program or your local county health department within 24 hours or by the next business day after the results are reported to you. Under normal circumstances when these standards are being met. Eliminate all of these connections or provide approved back flow prevention devices. 2. 3. After you have contacted an agency for assistance you will be instructed as to the proper repeat sampling procedures and possible corrective measures for solving the problem. Shock chlorination of a ground water well. Install blowoffs on all dead end lines. the second is an acute risk to health violation characterized by the confirmed presence of fecal coliform or E. Conduct a cross connection program to identify all connections with non-potable water sources. calculate the total gallonage of storage and distribution. If you continuously chlorinate. The MCLs are based on extensive research on toxicological properties of the contaminants. The first is for total coliform. Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLS) State and federal laws establish standards for drinking water quality. 5. review your operation and be sure to maintain a detectable residual (0. Perform routine cleaning of the storage system. Upgrade the wellhead area to meet current construction standards as set your state environmental or health agency. etc... 6. short term (acute) exposure and long term (chronic) exposure. There are two types of MCL violations for coliform bacteria. Quebec Colony Counter Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 132 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . This list provides some basic operation and maintenance procedures that could help eliminate potential bacteriological problems. These standards are known as maximum contaminant levels (MCL). This should be done anytime the bell is opened for repair (pump replacement.2 mg/l free chlorine) at all times in the distribution system.coli. If you plan to shock the entire system. 4. Conduct routine distribution line flushing. risk assessments and factors. the water is safe to drink with no threat to human health. check with your state drinking water section or health department for further instructions.

then cool for about 20 minutes. 4. or single cells.Pipet 0. Methods There are three methods for standard plate count: 1. submerged colonies often are slower growing and are difficult to transfer. 2. On the other hand.Distribute inoculum over surface of the medium using a sterile bent glass rod. chains.1 ml of each dilution onto surface of pre-dried plate.Pour approximately 15 ml of medium in each Petri dish. 3. *Duplicate samples Computing and Reporting: Compute bacterial count per milliliter by the following equation: Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 133 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .formerly known as the standard plate count. Colonies may arise from pairs.Incubate plates at 35oC for 48h. Membrane Filter Method This method permits testing large volumes of volume of low-turbidity water and is the method of choice for lowcount waters. clusters. showing less tendency to encroach on each other than those produced by surface growth. is a procedure for estimating the number of live heterotrophic bacteria and measuring changes during water treatment and distribution in water or in swimming pools. consider only plates having 30 to 300 colonies in determining the plate count..Count all colonies on selected plates promptly after incubation. 2. and colony morphology easily can be discerned and compared to published descriptions. Spread Plate Method All colonies are on the agar surface where they can be distinguished readily from particles and bubbles. Colonies can be transferred quickly. 5. all of which are included in the term "colony-forming units" (CFU). starting with the highest dilution. Material i ) Apparatus Glass rod Erlenmeyer flask Graduated Cylinder Pipet Petri dish Incubator ii ) Reagent and sample Reagent-grade water Nutrient agar Sample Procedure* 1. let medium solidify.Heterotrophic Plate Count Heterotrophic Plate Count (HPC) --.Boil mixture of nutrient agar and nutrient broth for 15 minutes. 6. Pour Plate Method The colonies produced are relatively small and compact. 3.

In contrast.CFU/ml = colonies counted / actual volume of sample in dish. Heat to dissolve agar and sterilize at 121 C for 15 minutes. Sterilize before using.5 mL sample onto surface of pre-dried agar plate.1 mL. Pipet: Glass. c) Avoid creating fictitious precision and accuracy when computing CFU by recording only the first two left-hand digits. Use pre-dried plates immediately or store up to two weeks in sealed plastic bags at 4 degrees C. let agar solidify. Heterotrophic Plate Count (Spread Plate Method) Heterotrophic organisms utilize organic compounds as their carbon source (food or substrate). Sterilize before using. Laboratory Equipment: 100 x 15 Petri Dishes Turntable Glass Rods: Bend fire polished glass rod 45 degrees about 40 mm from one end.3 g of sodium pyruvate. Adjust pH to 7.0 g of agar to 1 L. 2) Ethanol: As needed for flame sterilization. Pipet 0.5 g of proteose peptone No.5 g of yeast extract.5 g of glucose. Sample Preparation: Mark each plate with sample type. Prepare at least duplicate plates for each volume of sample or dilution examined.5 g of soluble starch.5 g of casamino acids. a bacteriological colony count provides an estimate of the concentration of heterotrophs in the sample of interest. 3. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 134 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . 0.05 g of magnesium sulfate heptahydrate. and one or more plates have more than 300 colonies. pour 15 mL of R2A agar into sterile 100 x 15 Petri dishes. Pre-dry plates inverted so that there is a 2 to 3 g water loss overnight with the lids on. 0. 0. After an incubation period. 0. a)If there is no plate with 30 to 300 colonies. Quebec Colony Counter Hand Tally Counter Reagents: 1) R2A Agar: Dissolve and dilute 0. The Heterotrophic Plate Count provides a technique to quantify the bacteriological activity of a sample. 0. b) If plates from all dilutions of any sample have no colony. report the count as less than 1/actual volume of sample in dish estimated CFU/ml. Preparation of Spread Plates: Immediately after agar sterilization. date and any other information before sample application. 0.3 g of dipotassium hydrogen phosphate. Thoroughly mix all samples by rapidly making about 25 complete up-and-down movements. The R2A agar provides a medium that will support a large variety of heterotrophic bacteria. 1. dilution. Minimize time plate remains uncovered. use the plate(s) having a count nearest 300 colonies. Sample Application: Uncover pre-dried agar plate. autotrophic organisms use inorganic carbon sources.1 or 0. 0. and 15.2 with dipotassium hydrogen phosphate before adding agar.

report the count as less than one (<1) divided by the sample volume put on that plate (remember to account for any dilution of that sample. 2. comment on the general accuracy of this analytical technique and the factors that affect its accuracy and or applicability. Incubate at 28 degrees C for 7 days. Also. 3. use your calculated results to report the CFU per mL for each sample. Remove Petri dishes from incubator for counting. Use hand tally counter to maintain count. Based on these criteria. mL To report counts on a plate with no colonies.Record Volume of Sample Used. Report the number of colony forming units (CFU) found on each plate. comment on your final results for each sample type as well as the quality of your application of this analysis technique. which plates meet these criteria. Calculate the CFU per mL for each plate. Count all colonies on the plate. Let the sample be absorbed completely into the medium before incubating.001 mL (0. Example: if 0. Put cover back on Petri dish and invert for duration of incubation time. use the plate(s) with a count closest to 300. In the conclusion of your lab report. Data Table for Samples Sample ID Volume of Sample. Feel free to justify your comments using statistical analysis. uncover plate and place on Quebec colony counter. To count. The final reported result for the sample is <1000 CFU per mL.) If plates of all dilutions for a sample have no colonies. mL Colonies Counted per plate Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 135 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . promptly count all colonies on the plates.1 mL divided by 100). distribute the sample over surface of the medium by rotating the dish by hand on a turntable. Using a sterile bent glass rod. Compute bacterial count per milliliter by the following equation: CFU mL = colonies counted actual volume of sample in dish. Assignment: 1. If no sample produces a plate with a count in this range. The aim of diluting samples is to produce a plate having 30 to 300 colonies.1 mL of a 100:1 and 10000:1 dilution of a sample both turned up with no colonies formed. report the count as less than one (<1) divided by the largest sample volume used. Counting and Recording: After incubation period. the reported result would be <1 divided by the largest sample volume 0. regardless of size.

no more than five (5) percent may be Positive. 3. A public notice is also required whenever a water system fails to comply with its monitoring and/or reporting requirements or testing procedure. 2. check with your state drinking water section or health department for further instructions. Acute Risk to Health (Fecal Coliforms and E. Any violation of the MCL for total coliforms. This will inform users when there is a problem with the system and give them information. Coli) An acute risk to human health violation occurs if either one of the following happen: 1.Total Coliforms This MCL is based on the presence of total coliforms and compliance is on a monthly or quarterly basis. For systems which collect 40 or more samples per month. 2. coli are present in the distribution system. Public Notice A public notice is required to be issued by a water system whenever it fails to comply with an applicable MCL or treatment technique or fails to comply with the requirements of any scheduled variance or permit. the second positive result (repeat or routine) in a month or quarter results in an MCL violation. no more than one sample per month may be positive. This type of contamination can pose an immediate threat to human health and notice must be given as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours after notification from your laboratory of the test results. Violation of the MCL for nitrate. depending on your water system type and state rule. In other words. be issued properly and in a timely manner and contain certain mandatory language. when fecal coliforms or E. Certain language maybe mandatory for both these violations and is included in your state drinking water rule. coli present and is followed by a repeat analysis which indicates total coliform present. Any outbreak of waterborne disease. The timing and place of posting of the public notice depends on whether an acute risk is present to users. coli present. For systems which collect fewer than 40 samples per month. The following are acute violations: 1. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 136 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . as defined by the rules. A routine analysis shows total and fecal coliform or E. Check with your state drinking water section or health department for further instructions. Each public notice must contain certain information. A routine analysis shows total coliform present and is followed by a repeat analysis which indicates fecal coliform or E. An acute health risk violation requires the water system to provide public notice via radio and television stations in the area.

7. All equipment shall be sized such that it will be operated in the 20 to 80 percent range of the scale.Fluoride Some water providers will add Fluoride to the water to help prevent cavities in children. 9. 10. The construction material of the dissolving chamber and associated piping shall be compatible with the fluoride solution to be fed. 5. Feeders shall be provided with anti-siphon valves on the discharge side. Hoppers should be designed to hold a 24 hour supply of the fluoride compound and designed such that the dust hazard to operators is minimized. The fluoride solution should be added to the water supply at a point where the fluoride will not be removed by any following treatment processes and where it will be mixed with the water. and at all times shall be capable of maintaining a rate of feed within 5% of the rate at which the machine is set. 2. Solution feeders shall be of the positive displacement type and constructed of material compatible with the fluoride solution being fed. Chemical Feed The equipment used for feeding the fluoride to water shall be accurately calibrated before being placed in operation. positive anti-siphon breakers other than valves shall be provided. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 137 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . It is undesirable to inject the fluoride compound or solution directly on-line unless there are provisions for adequate mixing. Alarm signals are recommended to detect faulty operation of equipment. Dissolving chambers are required for use with dry feeders. 4. Where a dry feeder of the volumetric or gravimetric type is used. Vacuum dust filters shall be installed with the hoppers to prevent dust from rising into the room when the hopper is filled. 3. Too much Fluoride will mottle the teeth. The following chemical feed practices apply: 1. Wherever possible. 11. and. 6. and the dissolving chambers shall be designed such that at the required rate of feed of the chemical the solution strength will not be greater than 1/4 of that of a saturated solution at the temperature of the dissolving water. A "day tank" capable of holding a 24 hour supply of solution should be provided. a suitable weighing mechanism shall be provided to check the daily amount of chemical feed. The weight of the daily amount of fluoride fed to water shall be accurately determined. 8. and be capable of feeding over the entire pumpage range of the plant.

to allow circulation of air and to keep the containers off the floor. or (2) automatic/ residual controlled. 2.Metering Metering of the total water to be fluoridated shall be provided. whereby the fluoride feed rate is automatically adjusted in accordance with the flow changes to provide a constant preestablished dosage for all rates of flow. whereby a continuous automatic fluoride analyzer determines the residual fluoride level and adjusts the rate of feed accordingly. Control of the feed rate shall be automatic/ proportional controlled. and. 4. the daily volume of water fluoridated. and the storage area shall be marked "FLUORIDE CHEMICALS ONLY". if using bagged chemical. In addition to the reports required. and (ii) raw water being analyzed at least once a week. EPA may require other information that is deemed necessary. 3. or. 5. the daily weight of the fluoride compound fed to the water. Record of Performance Accurate daily records shall be kept. 2. kept relatively dry. the fluoride content of the raw and fluoridated water determined by laboratory analysis. A sample of raw water and a sample of treated water shall be forwarded to an approved independent laboratory for fluoride analysis once a month. Sodium silicofluoride. weekly samples of raw and treated water for a period of not less than four consecutive weeks. The storage area should be in close proximity to the feeder. Hydrofluosilicic acid. 3. and provided with pallets. the daily reading of the water meter which controls the fluoridation equipment or that which determines the amount of water to which the fluoride is added. the daily weight of fluoride compound in stock. Sampling In keeping the fluoride records. 3. Sodium fluoride. with the frequency of measurement as follows: (i) treated water being analyzed continuously or once daily. These records shall include: 1. Other fluoride compounds may be used if approved by the EPA. 2. Chemical Storage and Ventilation The fluoride chemicals shall be stored separately from other chemicals. 6. the daily weight of fluoride compound in the feeder. the following sampling procedures are required: 1. and the operation of the feeding equipment is to be controlled. whereby the feed rate is controlled by a flow proportional signal and residual analyzer signal to maintain a constant residual. On new installations or during start-ups of existing installations. or compound loop controlled. Alternate Compounds Any one of the following fluoride compounds may be used: 1. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 138 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

boots.Safety The following safety procedures shall be maintained: 1. Records shall be maintained and submitted during the period that the equipment is not in operation. 4. and hands shall be washed after the equipment is stored. 5. chemical safety goggles and acid proof aprons shall be worn where acids are handled. over-riding flow switches. All equipment shall be maintained at a high standard of efficiency. and appropriate covers shall be maintained over all fluoride solutions. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 139 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . and protective clothing shall be worn by all personnel when handling or being exposed to the fluoride dust. a fluoridation program may be discontinued when necessary to repair or replace equipment. Wet or damp cleaning methods shall be employed wherever practicable. Repair and Maintenance Upon notifying the appropriate local board of health. Personal protective equipment shall be used during the clean-up. 3. This shall be done either by use of day tanks or containers. and. Chemical respirators. safety features are to be considered and the necessary controls built into the installation to prevent an overdose of fluoride in the water. whether for routine or emergency use. 8. and all areas and appliances shall be kept clean and free of dust. After use. but shall be placed in operation immediately after the repair or replacement is complete. or other similar safety devices. anti-siphon devices. chemical safety face shields. rubber gloves. At all installations. rubber gloves. 7. all equipment shall be thoroughly cleaned and stored in an area free of fluoride dusts. 2. 6. sizing of pump and feeders. determining the length and duration of impulses. Safety features shall also be provided to prevent spills and overflows. shall be inspected periodically and maintained in good operating condition. Individual dust respirators. Rubber articles shall be washed in water. All protective devices.

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Contact Burlingame at gary. Burlingame Jameel Rahman is a retired analytical chemist supervisor for the Materials Testing Laboratory at the Philadelphia Water Department. Use a zoom microscope with at least 40×. Particulate matter can be extracted from water samples by using nitrocellulose membrane filters. No.Water Quality What’s That Stuff in the Tap Water? by Jameel Rahman and Gary A.45 µm filter can be used if the water’s colloidal matter doesn’t clog the filter before enough particulate material is collected for analysis. Particulates can also accumulate in the toilet tank. which can be stored in a Plexiglas Petri dish. 2 (February 2003). When samples have low turbidity. A 0. the suspended matter customers complain about is particulate in form. Collecting and Identifying Particulates Typically. The most important step in solving a particulate complaint is to collect as much suspect material as possible. household plumbing. Sometimes enough material for analysis can be collected from faucet aerators. by permission. American Water Works Association. larger volumes will need to be filtered. and water treatment. Although particles can come from cold or hot water systems. A container may be left with the customer for sample collection during normal tap use. illuminate the particulates from above with a fiber-optic light. Almost every water utility employee responsible for solving customer problems has fielded a complaint about particles in a bathtub or faucet aerator. water distribution systems. where Gary A. preferably 75×.gov or (215) 685-1417. examine the particulate matter captured on a filter. Reprinted from Opflow. 29. Burlingame is the supervisor of water quality and research. Vol. For optimum observation. ←Granular Rust Under a microscope. making sure it represents the customer’s actual concern. Enough particulate matter can usually be captured with a water sample of approximately 250 mL. Copyright 2003. the water supplier—at least in customers’ eyes—is usually “guilty until proven innocent.burlingame@phila.” The Philadelphia Water Department has standardized procedures in place that can identify offending materials and help pinpoint their source. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 141 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . magnification to identify matter on the membrane filter disk.

Plastic burns with a smoke. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 142 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . used in gaskets. and often are visible to the unaided eye. they flex. stickiness. relatively large. remove sufficient particulates from the disk and further identify them by IR. Remove a few particulates and burn them. If pressed with a needle. or numerous. or a corroding component of the plumbing system. have significant length. 10 per filter. Usually the source of such particulates is disintegrating plastic. and do not smear the filter disk with black when a drop of toluene is applied.Some particulates can be identified by their appearance and. Mica particulates have a characteristic platelet shape and shine under reflected light. Glass chips are transparent. sometimes. and may be present in large numbers. but fibers found in water typically have a strip shape. can be observed under the microscope. They can be colorful but usually appear translucent to whitish. Disintegrated rubber gasket particulates are usually black. or further delineation is required. Relatively large amounts of similar particulates often indicate a problem within a plumbing system. Man-made fibers. large. Disintegrated plastic particulates are usually white. Color formed by chemical reactions can be seen by the unaided eye. Fibers used in apparel are round. which display a shiny luster under reflected light. You will need to understand the common soil minerals in your area to identify them. found in all colors and with a characteristic wrinkled strip shape. indicating a common source. by touching them with a sharp needle and observing their physical properties. fibers are not present in large numbers — at most. perform simple chemical tests on the filter. such as pump packing. Pick up a few particulates on the tip of a wetted platinum wire and burn them in the blue part of a Bunsen burner flame. If particulates cannot be identified by their appearance. or solubility in a solvent. AC particulates will burn instantaneously with a glitter and no visible smoke or residue. Heat Identification Activated carbon particulates are black and usually coated with debris. If these tests still fail to identify the debris. With fine-tipped tweezers. are present in single strands. a rubber gasket. several. Particulates can be quantified as few. such as softness. Often these particulates are ethylene-propylene-diene monomer. use infrared spectroscopy (IR). Visual Identification Sand particulates have a characteristic vitreous appearance and irregular shape with smooth facets. and may be colorful. They can show porosity but appear dull compared to anthracite particulates. Usually. rubber burns with a black smoke. Pick up a few particulates and burn them in a Bunsen burner flame. Identify them further by IR. Most often they are polypropylene plastic. such as carbon dioxide from scale particulates or marble. may have smooth facets with sharp edges. A characteristic evolution of a gas.

5 g of tartaric acid in 100 mL of distilled water. Add a drop of (1+1) HCl followed by a drop of ammonia.5N hydrochloric acid [HCl] solution plus 500 mL of distilled water) to the filter. Large Rust Particles Lead solder particulates are gray and may have a whitish coating. and can be easily pulverized. To confirm rust. while fine rust particulates form a uniform brown film on the filter disk. If lead particulates are suspected.Acid Identification Rust particulates are usually abundant and are easy to identify with their typically brown and rough irregular shapes.2 percent solution of freshly prepared sodium rhodizonate. Yellow staining indicates the presence of ferric chloride. the presence of patina is indicated. If tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide form under the microscope.2 g of rhodizonic acid disodium salt in 100 mL of distilled water. lead solder is present. Large particulates may have yellow and black streaks or inclusions. Brick-red staining confirms the presence of potassium ferrithiocyanate. Remove a few particulates and place them in the cavity of a spot.8 tartrate-buffer solution followed by a drop of 0. These irregularly shaped particulates result from corrosion of copper and copper alloys. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 143 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Prepare a pH 2.8 buffer solution by dissolving 1. are usually brittle.9 g of sodium bitartrate and 1.test plate. Scales can form in water heaters. If the particulates turn scarlet red. add a drop of pH 2. Appearance of a blue precipitate or blue color confirms the presence of patina particulates. To confirm their presence. Rust particulates will interfere with this test if it is performed on the rust-coated filter. To prepare the sodium rhodizonate reagent. add a drop of (1+1) hydrochloric acid (500 mL of 11. Patina is hydrated basic copper carbonate and has a greenish color. they are relatively large in size compared to most other particulates on the filter disk. Often. add a drop of (1+1) HCl from a Pasture pipette. Calcium carbonate can develop as a white scale through evaporation of hard water or can occur as a particulate of limestone or calcite. dissolve 0. Add a drop of 2 percent solution of potassium thiocyanate on the yellow area where HCl was added.

polyvinyl chloride. you might suspect a particulate is plastic in nature.Limestone can come from water treatment processes. barium sulfate. Visually. Add a drop of toluene. Atoms in a molecule are in constant motion. organic materials are identified by scanning a pellet or a film of the sample cast on a KBr plate. Each compound has a unique infrared absorption spectrum. or phosphates. The usually brittle plastic fragments can be powdered easily. The brisk evolution of gas confirms the presence of carbonates. Let the toluene evaporate or use an oven to expedite drying. Touch the particulates with a needle in the area where toluene was added. metal oxides. Add a drop of HCl (1+1) on the particulates and observe the evolution of carbon dioxide under the microscope. and various compounds can be identified by comparing absorption band positions in the IR spectrum of an unknown compound to band positions of known compounds. and 10 mg of sample is all that is commonly needed to produce a good infrared absorption spectrum. When portions of electromagnetic radiation are absorbed by such vibrations. Among these motions only certain vibrations absorb infrared radiation of specific energy. but their stickiness and extreme softness differentiates them from other black particulates. and with the aid of heat. including polypropylene. silicates. they should no longer be sticky and may behave like a black powder. they will leave a solid residue. but various types of plastics can occur in water systems. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 144 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Anthracite. which an infrared spectrometer records. All greases may not behave this way. Grease particulates are black and may be shiny. lead carbonate. IR can differentiate between plastic materials. and polyethylene. Inorganic materials are identified by IR scanning of the KBr pellet of the sample alone. activated carbon. They are usually present as tiny heaps on the filter disk because of their softness and hydrophobic nature. These particulates can be removed from the filter disk and burned in a crucible. Solvent Identification Asphalt pipe-coating compounds are black. Infrared Spectroscopy When particulates cannot be completely identified by the above means. Particulates are removed with fine-tipped tweezers one by one from the filter disk and transferred to a small vial for dissolving in a solvent or to a small agate mortar for grinding and mixing with KBr for making a potassium bromide (KBr) pellet. grease will dissolve and a black color will spread around the particulates. changing bond angles by bending and bond lengths by stretching. and rubber particulates are insoluble in the solvents used. If the disk becomes smeared with black around the particulates. To differentiate between various black particulates. Anthracite particulates appear shiny compared with other black particulates and do not smear the filter disk if a drop of toluene is applied. use IR to identify organic and inorganic materials. an IR absorption band spectrum appears. They are soft and sticky when touched with a needle and can be smeared easily on the disk. Inorganic compounds include calcium carbonate. the particulates are classified as pipe-coating of an asphaltic nature. calcium sulfate. add a drop of toluene or chloroform to the filter disk under the microscope.

try dissolving the sample in this solvent first. prompting water heater manufacturers to give rebates to customers for dip-tube replacements. a plastic not used in the distribution system. it can be analyzed for various elements by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. cast a film of the sample on a KBr plate and scan it. December 1998). evaporate the solvent completely and transfer the particulates to an agate mortar. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 145 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . The only common source for this plastic was found to be the dip tubes in residential gas hot-water heaters (see Opflow. A variety of materials. After a sample is dissolved in a mineral acid. After obtaining a reasonably strong infrared spectrogram. the sample is identified by manual means or a computer search of a commercially available online IR library. the dip-tube manufacturer admitted to changing materials to a less-durable plastic. calcium carbonates. Similarly. During the late 1990s. Eventually. If soluble. For example. customers in Philadelphia and across the country complained about white particulates clogging faucet aerators. and scan the pellet. including iron oxides. Infrared spectroscopy revealed the particulates to be polypropylene. and copper and silicate particulates. Philadelphia was in a good position to explain the situation to customers because our procedure was already in place for testing and characterizing particulates. manganese dioxides.Zeolite Particles from a Water Softener Most plastics are readily soluble in hot o-dichlorobenzene. can be identified by common chemical analyses. If the sample is insoluble. aluminum oxides. When this issue made the TV news. hydrated aluminum oxide can occur as white slurry and be analyzed by inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometry after dissolving in mineral acids. granules of lead solder can also be analyzed by wet chemical or instrumental methods. make a KBr pellet. Standard Chemical Analyses Chemical analyses available in most full-service water testing laboratories can be used to identify particulates when sufficient material is available.

Potential sources for particulate matter found in tap water Particulate Activated carbon fines Asphaltic lining fragments Backfill sand Calcium carbonate scale X Cast iron rust Cement lining fragments Copper fragments X Glass chips Greases and lubricants X Lead fragments X Manganese dioxide deposits Man-made fibers On-site treatment device media Plastic fragments X Rubber gasket fragments X Soil minerals. mica From Customer Plumbing From Water Supplier Piping X X X X X X X X X X X X X Table 2.0 µm but > 0.45 µm Colloidal < 1.0 µm Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 146 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Suspended matter classified by size Soluble < 0.45 µm Particulate > 1.Dip Tube Particles Table 1.

As a result. Contaminants in the water can occupy adsorption sites. It removes contaminants through adsorption. After a period of a few months or years. The main disadvantage is that some contaminants require large doses of PAC for removal. the surface of the pores in the GAC can no longer adsorb contaminants and the carbon must be replaced. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 147 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Several operational and maintenance factors affect the performance of granular activated carbon. adsorbed contaminants can be replaced by other contaminants with which GAC has a greater affinity so their presence might interfere with removal of contaminants of concern. raw water with frequently changing contaminant levels can result in treated water of unpredictable quality. A significant drop in the contaminant level in influent water can cause a GAC filter to desorb.Granular Activated Carbon / Powdered Activated Carbon Along with aeration. Bacterial growth on the carbon is another potential problem. PAC is normally applied to the water in a slurry and then filtered out. Also. It is also somewhat ineffective in removing natural organic matter due to the competition from other contaminants for surface adsorption and the limited contact time between the water and the carbon. creating a vast network of pores with a very large internal surface area. PCBs. herbicides and pesticides. The addition of PAC can improve the organic removal effectiveness of conventional treatment processes and also remove tastes and odors. The disinfection process must be carefully monitored in order to avoid this problem. whether or not they are targeted for removal. Powdered activated carbon consists of finely ground particles and exhibits the same adsorptive properties as the granular form. does not encourage microbial growth and has relatively small capital costs. because GAC is essentially an equilibrium process. solvents. one gram of activated carbon has a surface area equivalent to that of a football field. adsorbed contaminants. Advantages of PAC are that it can be used on a short-term or emergency basis with conventional treatment. GAC can be used as a replacement for existing media (such as sand) in a conventional filter or it can be used in a separate contactor such as a vertical steel pressure vessel used to hold the activated carbon bed. Activated carbon is carbon that has been exposed to very high temperature. granular activated carbon (GAC) and powdered activated carbon (PAC) are suitable treatments for removal of organic contaminants such as VOCs. depending on the concentration of the contaminants. or slough off. a process in which dissolved contaminants adhere to the surface of the carbon particles. creates no headloss. Excessive bacterial growth may cause clogging and higher bacterial counts in the treated water.

The EPA has banned the use of lead solders. such as silver-tin and antimony-tin is a key factor in lead corrosion control. resulting in disagreeable tastes. fluxes and pipes in the installation or repair of any public water system. all discussed below. odors. and cathodic protection. Using lead-free solders. The highest level of lead in consumers’ tap water will be found in water that has been standing in the pipes after periods of nonuse (overnight or longer). Lead. Corrosion also reduces the useful life of water distribution systems and can promote the growth of microorganisms. slimes and further corrosion. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 148 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Drinking water contaminated with certain metals (such as lead and cadmium) can harm human health. lead is the corrosion product of greatest concern. Therefore. coatings and linings. This is because standing water tends to leach lead or copper out of the metals in the distribution system more readily than does moving water. Because it is widespread and highly toxic. In the past. Also. the simplest short-term or immediate measure that can be taken to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water is to let the water run for two to three minutes before each use. zinc. cadmium.Corrosion Control Corrosion is the deterioration of a substance by chemical action. drinking water should not be taken from the hot water tap. copper and iron might be found in water when metals in water distribution systems corrode. Long-term measures for addressing lead and other corrosion by-products include pH and alkalinity adjustment. as hot water tends to leach lead more readily than cold. corrosion inhibitors. solder used in plumbing has been 50% tin and 50% lead.

the corrosive current will exit from them rather than the piping system. if proper considerations are not given. The direct current is then sent through an insulated copper wire to anodes that are buried in the soil near the piping system. premature failure. and back to the rectifier through another insulated copper wire. where as high silicon cast iron and graphite anodes partially dissolve each year and must be replaced over time. cathodes. or graphite.Cathodic Protection Cathodic protection protects steel from corrosion which is the natural electrochemical process that results in the deterioration of a material because of its reaction with its environment. Depleted anodes must be replaced for continued Cathodic protection of the system. Metallic structures. components and equipment exposed to aqueous environments. which acts as the cathode. the system is protected while the attached anode is “sacrificed. Impressed or Induced Current Systems An impressed current Cathodic protection system consists of anodes. An asphalt coating is not considered a suitable dielectric coating. problems can arise which can produce unexpected. Therefore. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 149 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . soil or seawater can be subject to corrosive attack and accelerated deterioration. However. As a result of the electrochemical properties of the impressed current Cathodic protection system. Ceramic anodes are not consumed. high silicon cast iron. The rectifier converts the alternating current to direct current. Because these anodes are more active. Depleted anodes must be replaced for continued Cathodic protection of the piping system. corrosion takes place only at the anodes and not at the piping system.” Sacrificial anodes can be attached to existing piping system or coated steel for a pre-engineered Cathodic protection system. a rectifier and the soil. Thus. There are Two Types of Cathodic Protection: Ø Sacrificial Anodes (Galvanic Systems) Ù Impressed (Induced) Current Systems How Does Cathodic Protection Work ? Sacrificial anodes are pieces of metal more electrically active than the steel piping system. Typical anode materials are ceramic. it is often necessary to utilize either impressed current or sacrificial anode cathodic protection (CP) in combination with coatings as a means of suppressing the natural degradation phenomenon to provide a long and useful service life. The direct current then flows from the anode through the soil to the piping system.

thereby increasing the weight or load on the structure. source will be harmful as structure will dissolve anodic 3. Power cost must be incorporated in all economic consideration. These anodes are made of materials such as magnesium. In this system the protection current is "Forced" through the environment to the structure (cathode) by means of an external D. 7.C.C. a metal or alloy reacting more vigorously than that corroding specimen. Obviously we need some material to function as anodes. Since the driving voltage is large. Advantages 1. 4. Does not involve expensive accessories like rectifier unit. 3. 6. aluminum or zinc which are anodic with respect to the protected structure. Fewer anodes can protect large structure 3. Variations in protection current requirements can be adjusted to some extend (to be incorporated at design stage) Disadvantages 1. Shut down of D. Reversal of anode cathode connection at D. Any foreign structure coming within this field will cause interference problem. Initial investments are higher and can pay off only in long run and economic only for large structures 5. Once designed and installed. acts as an anode and the corroding structure as a whole is rendered Cathodic. protection current cannot be altered or increased as may be needed in case of cathode area extension (unprotected) or foreign structure interference (physical contact). Economical for small structures Disadvantages 1. Does not involve maintenance work 3. If carefully designed it can render protection for anticipated period. Needs no external power source. Advantages 1. source. 2. 2. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 150 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . graphite anodes or lead silver alloy anodes.Sacrificial Anode System In this system. It can be high silicon chromium cast iron anodes.C. 2. this system offers freedom of installation design and location 2. Possibility of over protection should be avoided as it will affect the life of the paint. etc. The sacrificial anodes are connected directly to the structure.. The anodes have to be distributed all over the structure (as throwing power is lower) and therefore have design limitations in certain applications. Needs trained staff for maintenance of units and for monitoring 4. 6. supply for a long times allows structure to corrode again. Impressed Current System The impressed current anode system on the other hand has several advantages over the sacrificial anode systems. The driving voltage is small and therefore the anodes have to be fitted close to the structure or on the structure. Installation is simple 5.

caustic soda (NaOH or sodium hydroxide). pH is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions present in water. orthophosphates.Alkalinity and pH Adjustment Adjusting pH and alkalinity is the most common corrosion control method because it is simple and inexpensive. zinc is added in conjunction with orthophosphates or polyphosphates.5 and 8. The phosphates used as corrosion inhibitors include polyphosphates.0 to reduce the availability of hydrogen ions as electron receptors. and sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3.4. Sodium silicates have been used for over 50 years to inhibit corrosion. essentially baking soda). low alkalinity and a pH of less than 8. effectively reduce iron corrosion at dosages of 20 to 40 mg/l.0 can be associated with pitting corrosion. water pH less than 6. Glassy phosphate has an appearance of broken glass and can cut the operator. Sodium silicates are particularly effective for systems with high water velocities. Chemicals commonly used for pH and alkalinity adjustment are hydrated lime (CaOH2 or calcium hydroxide). For this reason.5 is associated with uniform corrosion. while pHs between 6. They offer advantages in hot water systems because of their chemical stability. Generally. they are often used in boilers of steam heating systems. soda ash (Na2CO3 or sodium carbonate). Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 151 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . however. carbonate and alkalinity levels affect corrosion as well. such as sodium hexametaphosphate. Glassy phosphates. Corrosion Inhibitors Inhibitors reduce corrosion by forming protective coatings on pipes. Typical coating maintenance doses range from 2 to 12 mg/1. In some cases. to maintain pH at a level that will control corrosion but not conflict with optimum pH levels for disinfection and control of disinfection by-products. These chemicals have proven successful in reducing corrosion in many water systems. Some studies have suggested that systems using only pH to control corrosion should maintain a pH of at least 9. The most common corrosion inhibitors are inorganic phosphates. Generally. Care must be taken. an increase in pH and alkalinity can decrease corrosion rates and help form a protective layer of scale on corrodible pipe material. glassy phosphates and bimetallic phosphates. pH is not the only factor in the corrosion equation. alkalinity is a measure of water’s ability to neutralize acids. sodium silicates and mixtures of phosphates and silicates. The effectiveness depends on the water pH and carbonate concentration. However. low hardness.

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This stored energy can be converted to pressure potential energy or kinetic energy for delivery to homes. These tanks serve multiple purposes in the distribution system. These shock waves can create a turbulence that travels at the speed of sound. The shock waves created when hydrants. or pumps are opened and closed quickly. valves. By making the tower wider near the top.ENERGY .Water Storage Section Water storage facilities and tanks vary in size. This banging can be heard as water hammer. If you turn the tap off more slowly. but the surge doesn't always find this release quickly enough. often times. Something has to give. seeking a point of release. where it has lots of gravitational potential energy. Most of the water is then near the ground. Distribution operators are aware of this phenomenon! It's called WATER HAMMER. Try it at home . The goal of the water tower or standpipe is to store water high in the air. Just the name alone can give you an idea of its purpose. You should hear a bang. and maybe even several. it puts most of its water high up. it should stay quiet. The release the surge usually finds is an elevated tank.When released in a confined space. Since height is everything. then turn it off very quickly. such as standpipes. elevated tanks and reservoirs. shape. • • • SURGE tanks RESERVOIRS ELEVATED tanks Water towers and Standpipes Surge Tanks What really causes water main breaks . trapping the kinetic energy of moving water within the confined space of a piping system. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 153 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . and application. it's your pipe fittings. as the liquid in the pipes slows down more gradually. building a cylindrical water tower is inefficient. There are different types that are used in the water distribution systems. such as a water distribution system.turn on your tap. A Surge tank should not be used for water storage. hydropneumatic tanks and surge tanks.

Normal day for a Distribution Worker after a Water Hammer broke a water main. Aren’t you glad to work in a nice plant? This is a good reason never to complain. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 154 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

you will attain an understanding of the mechanisms by which water flow. The nonpotable water line may contain waste water or other liquids that are not safe to drink. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 155 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .Cross-Connections. This condition can force waste water or other fluids back into the potable water line. Substantial changes in water quality can occur as drinking water is transported through a distribution system from the point of major treatment and/or disinfection to consumer's taps. Hopefully. Backflow from cross connections can cause serious illness. The water may drain from a building back to the potable water line. A large Fireline RP backflow Preventer • • Backpressure occurs when water pressure in a building or fixture is greater than the water pressure in the water supply. Backflow. Backsiphonage occurs when a water main or a plumbing system in a building lose water pressure. This can happen when a water main breaks or when a fire hydrant is used. Backflow is the waste water that enters potable water lines through a cross connection. Such pressure drops can cause siphoning of waste water or other fluids into the potable water line. biofilms and pathogens interact in pipes and service reservoirs to affect health-related and aesthetic dimensions of water quality at consumer's taps. Common causes of backpressure involve connecting plumbing to a pump or to steam and/or air pressure. Backsiphonage and Backpressure • Cross connection occurs when a potable water line and a nonpotable water line connect.

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a certain amount of leakage around the shafts and casings normally takes place. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 157 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . This leakage must be controlled for two reasons: (1) to prevent excessive fluid loss from the pump. A single-stage pump has only one impeller. Impellers are also classified as CLOSED or OPEN. Centrifugal pumps are also classified as HORIZONTAL or VERTICAL. These flingers prevent water from the stuffing box from flowing along the shaft and entering the bearing housing. each impeller acts separately. Some small pumps with single-suction impellers have only a casing wearing ring and no impeller ring. The impellers used on centrifugal pumps may be classified as SINGLE SUCTION or DOUBLE SUCTION. and to seal the rotating joint between the shaft and the packing against air leakage. The single-suction impeller allows liquid to enter the eye from one side only. As a rule. The double-suction impeller allows liquid to enter the eye from two directions. For example. A multistage pump has two or more impellers housed together in one casing. The amount of leakage that can occur without limiting pump efficiency determines the type of shaft sealing selected. they may be either SINGLE STAGE or MULTISTAGE. to lubricate the packing. and (2) to prevent air from entering the area where the pump suction pressure is below atmospheric pressure. Seal piping leads the liquid from the discharge side of the pump to the annular space formed by the lantern ring. the casing wearing ring is fitted into the end plate. During pump operation. discharging to the suction of the next stage impeller. The web of the ring is perforated so that the water can flow in either direction along the shaft (between the shaft and the packing). A lantern ring spacer is inserted between the rings of the packing in the stuffing box. This arrangement is called series staging. Seal piping is installed to cool the shaft and the packing. Open impellers do not have these side walls. Water flinger rings are fitted on the shaft between the packing gland and the pump bearing housing. Recirculating lines are installed on some centrifugal pumps to prevent the pumps from overheating and becoming vapor bound in case the discharge is entirely shut off or the flow of fluid is stopped for extended periods. In this type of pump. depending upon the position of the pump shaft.Centrifugal Pump Section Centrifugal pumps may be classified in several ways. They can vary from simple packing to complicated sealing systems. Shaft sealing systems are found in every pump. Closed impellers have side walls that extend from the eye to the outer edge of the vane tips.

Packing is the most common and oldest method of sealing. (2) insufficient speed of the pump. a bent shaft. The basic causes may be (1) operation of the pump to excess capacity and insufficient discharge pressure. (7) clogged suction screen (if used). as an Operator. The packing is lubricated by liquid moving through a lantern ring in the center of the packing. Properly installed mechanical seals eliminate leakoff on idle (vertical) pumps. (8) ruptured suction line. This design prevents the leak (water) from bypassing the water flinger and entering the lower bearings. (2) air or gas in the liquid being pumped. may encounter with centrifugal pumps. the trouble may be caused by (1) air leakage into the suction line. such as might be caused by a partially closed valve or some other obstruction in the discharge line. or (5) excessive heat in the liquid being pumped. Leakoff causes two types of seal leakage: a. impellers. If a centrifugal pump delivers some liquid but operates at INSUFFICIENT CAPACITY. (4) insufficient liquid on the suction side. Loss of treated fresh water which causes scale buildup in the cooling system. excessively tight stuffing box packing. Leakage is checked by the compression of packing rings that causes the rings to deform and seal around the pump shaft and casing. stuffing box packing. the trouble may be caused by (1) insufficient pump speed. Water contamination of the engine lubrication oil. (7) excessive discharge pressure. (5) clogged impeller passages. (3) mechanical defects. If a pump DOES NOT DEVELOP DESIGN DISCHARGE PRESSURE. 2. the trouble will probably be indicated by overheating of the motor. such as worn wearing rings. Pump Troubleshooting Some of the operating troubles you. Some of the reasons for the use of mechanical seals are as follows: 1. stuffing box packing. This is a major problem in engine-mounted water pumps. or sleeves. (6) the wrong direction of rotation (this may occur after motor overhaul). If a pump WORKS FOR A WHILE AND THEN FAILS TO DELIVER LIQUID. together with the probable causes are discussed in the following paragraphs. (2) too high viscosity or specific gravity of the liquid being pumped. (2) air leakage into the stuffing boxes in pumps operating at less than atmospheric pressure. or other mechanical defects. (4) excessive suction lift. Leaking causes bearing failure by contaminating the oil with water. The sealing slows down the rate of leakage. Mechanical seals are rapidly replacing conventional packing on centrifugal pumps. (3) insufficient pump speed. the trouble may be caused by (1) insufficient priming. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 158 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . If a centrifugal pump DOES NOT DELIVER ANY LIQUID. (3) excessive discharge pressure. (6) clogged impeller passages. (4) excessive suction lift. b. worn wearing rings. or (4) reversed rotation of the impeller (3-phase electric motor-driven pumps). such as worn wearing rings. or (9) loss of suction pressure. (5) insufficient liquid on the suction side. or (8) mechanical defects. (3) clogged water seal passages. impellers. (2) air leakage in the stuffing boxes. It does not stop it completely since a certain amount of leakage is necessary during operation. the trouble may be caused by (1) air leakage into the suction line. If a motor-driven centrifugal pump DRAWS TOO MUCH POWER. or (3) misalignment. or sleeves.

or an impeller may be broken. If the pump is electrically driven. such as the type of pump. YOU ARE NOT USING THE RIGHT SIZE. and hours in use. If it is very rough. proceed as follows: 1. maintained and operated. If any of these conditions exist. Some of the most common corrective maintenance actions that you may be required to perform are discussed in the following sections. stop the pump and continue troubleshooting according to the technical manual for that unit. the suction line may be clogged. If the packing is allowed to dry out. (2) a bent shaft. Prime the pump (fill casing with the liquid being pumped) and be sure that all air is expelled through the air cocks on the pump casing. be sure there is always a slight trickle of water coming out of the stuffing box or seal. Repacking Lubrication of the pump packing is extremely important. eroded. as well as noisy operation and fluctuating discharge pressure. centrifugal pumps are usually trouble-free. Tighten the adjusting nuts one flat at a time. 6.VIBRATION of a centrifugal pump is often caused by (1) misalignment. or otherwise unbalanced impeller. it should be sent to the machine shop for a finishing cut to smooth the surface. make certain the shaft or sleeve is smooth when the packing is removed from a gland. 3. You may then begin to adjust the packing gland. be sure the packing fits uniformly around the stuffing box. To ensure the longest possible service from pump packing. Insufficient suction pressure may also cause vibration. If the pump fails to build up pressure when the discharge valve is opened and the pump comes up to normal operating speed. Maintenance of Centrifugal Pumps When properly installed. When replacing packing. Open the discharge valve to “load” the pump. When operating a centrifugal pump. Rapid wear of the packing will be caused by roughness of the shaft sleeve (or shaft where no sleeve is installed). Secure the pump. The quickest way to wear out the packing is to forget to open the water piping to the seals or stuffing boxes. or (4) lack of rigidity in the foundation. condition of the shaft sleeve. Restart the pump. If you have to flatten the packing with a hammer to make it fit. Allow a liberal leak-off for stuffing boxes that operate above atmospheric pressure. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 159 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . start the pump. Next. (3) a clogged. 2. If the shaft is rough. This gives the packing time to run-in and swell. or has deep ridges in it. It is also possible that air is being drawn into the suction line or into the casing. If the discharge pressure is not normal when the pump is up to its proper speed. be sure the pump is rotating in the correct direction. It is absolutely necessary to use the correct packing. Open all valves in the pump suction line. 5. 4. it will score the shaft. How often the packing in a centrifugal pump should be renewed depends on several facts. and set up the packing gland lightly. Pack the box loosely. it will have to be renewed. particularly in pumps that handle hot or volatile liquids. Let it operate for about 30 minutes before you adjust the packing gland for the desired amount of leak-off. Shut the pump discharge valve.

If you pull up the packing gland unevenly (or cocked).Wait about 30 minutes between adjustments. The type of material used for the seal faces will depend upon the service of the pump. and various cooling systems). When the seals wear out. Mechanical shaft seals serve to ensure that position liquid pressure is supplied to the seal faces under all conditions of operation. it will cause the packing to overheat and score the shaft sleeves. Be sure to tighten the same amount on both adjusting nuts. Shaft sleeves are chamfered (beveled) on outboard ends for easy mechanical seal mounting. Most water service pumps use a carbon material for one of the seal faces and ceramic (tungsten carbide) for the other. which causes failure of pump and motor bearings and motor windings. Mechanical shaft seals must not be positioned by setscrews. chilled-water. they are simply replaced. check it regularly to make certain that sufficient flow is maintained. Do not touch a new seal on the sealing face because body acid and grease or dirt will cause the seal to pit prematurely and leak. Mechanical seals are ideal for pumps that operate in closed systems (such as fuel service and air-conditioning. Mechanical shaft seals are positioned on the shaft by stub or step sleeves. Once you have the desired leak-off. Mechanical Seals Mechanical seals are rapidly replacing conventional packing as the means of controlling leakage on rotary and positive-displacement pumps. Mechanical Seal Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 160 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . You should replace a mechanical seal whenever the seal is removed from the shaft for any reason or whenever leakage causes undesirable effects on equipment or surrounding spaces. Mechanical seals eliminate the problem of excessive stuffing box leakage. They not only conserve the fluid being pumped but also improve system operation. They also ensure adequate circulation of the liquid at the seal faces to minimize the deposit of foreign matter on the seal parts.

Multi-stage Bowl Assemblies Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 161 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

Common Elements of Vertical Turbine Pumps Vertical Turbine Pump Being Removed (notice line shaft) Closed Pump Impeller Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 162 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

such as the formation of scale in cooking utensils and hot water heaters. Lime softening can be used for treatment of either groundwater or surface water sources. It is still second only to reverse osmosis water for health. The precipitation process most frequently used is generally known as the lime process or lime soda process. The principal problem with a distiller are that a small unit can produce only 2-3 gal (7. and freezing. The principal disadvantage is that operating costs are considerably higher. It has no taste.5 -11 Lt) a day. Water Distillers have a high energy cost (approximately 20-30 cents per gallon). Consumers frequently complain about problems attributes to hard water.or large-size water systems where all treatment can be accomplished at a central location. This process has the advantages of a considerably lower initial cost and ease of use by small systems or by large systems at multiple locations. distillation. the process normally must be preceded by conventional treatment. Some organic chemicals are also removed. They all work on the principle of vaporizing water and then condensing the vapor. Ion exchange processes can typically be used for direct treatment of groundwater. The other commonly used method of softening involves the ion exchange process. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 163 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . and other particles are removed. Of these. In this document we will discusses the occurrence. so long as turbidity and iron levels are not excessive. Distillers Various sizes of distillers are available for home use. it is generally applicable only to medium. but those that are move volatile are often vaporized and condensed with the product water. Softening can also be accomplished using membrane technology. For treatment of surface water. and effects of hard water and the hard water treatment or softening process that remove the hardness-causing minerals. membrane methods seem to have the greatest potential. They must be carbon filtered before and/or after to remove volatile chemicals. minerals. This process will provide softened water at the lowest cost. metals. electrodialysis. dissolved solids such as salt. Diet should be rich in electrolytes as the aggressive nature of distilled water can "leech" electrolytes from the body. It is considered "dead" water because the process removes all extra oxygen and energy. asbestos fibers. Because of the special facilities required and the complexity of the process. and that the power cost for operation will be substantially higher than the operating cost of other types of treatment devices. In the process. Distillers are effective in killing all microorganisms.Hard Water Section Water contains various amounts of dissolved minerals. some of which impart a quality known as hardness.

Magnesium is dissolved as water passes over and through dolomite and other magnesium-bearing minerals. depending on other qualities of the water and on the hardness to which they have become accustomed. Water hardness varies considerably in different geographic areas of the contiguous 48 states. We will show two different classifications of the relative harness of water: Comparative classifications of water for softness and hardness Classification Soft Moderately hard Hard Very hard * Per Sawyer (1960) + Per Briggs and Ficke (1977) mg/L as CaCO3 * 0 – 75 75 – 150 150 – 300 Over 300 mg/L as CaCO3+ 0 – 60 61 – 120 121 – 180 Over 180 Source: Adapted from sawyer 1960 and Briggs and Ficke 1977. Calcium and magnesium are normally the only significant minerals that cause harness. calcium chloride (CaCl2). metallic cations. and others. and is also a function of the contact time between water and limestone deposits. is based on hardness from either the bicarbonate salts of calcium or the normal salts of calcium and magnesium involved in causing water hardness. barium. Strontium. Hardness caused by calcium is called calcium hardness. iron. divalent. (positive ions having valence of 2). The degree of hardness that consumer consider objectionable will vary.Occurrence of Hard Water Hard water is caused by soluble. Likewise. are usually present in large enough concentrations to contribute significantly to the total hardness. The calcium-magnesium distinction is based on the minerals involved. The principal chemicals that cause water hardness are calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg). hardness caused by magnesium is called magnesium hardness. so it is generally assumed that Total harness = Calcium hardness + Magnesium hardness The carbonate-noncarbonate distinction. in terms of milligrams per liter as CaCO3. This is due to different geologic formations. aluminum. Because groundwater is in contact with these formations for a longer period of time than surface water. Types of Hardness Hardness can be categorized by either of two methods: calcium versus magnesium hardness and carbonate versus non-carbonate hardness. Expressing Hardness Concentration Water hardness is generally expressed as a concentration of calcium carbonate. however. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 164 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . which include calcium sulfate (CaSO4). regardless of the salts associated with it. groundwater is normally harder than surface water.

which are calcium bicarbonate. which causes a variety of problems. Scale that forms within appliances and water meters causes wear on moving parts. faucets. Calcium and magnesium combined with nitrate may also contribute to noncarbonate hardness. To counteract these problems.Carbonate hardness is caused primarily by the bicarbonate salts of calcium and magnesium. scale forms much faster. hard water leaves unsightly white scale known as water spots. These detergents have additives known as sequestering agents that “tie up” the hardness ions so that they cannot form the troublesome precipitates. Total hardness = Carbonate hardness + Noncarbonate hardness When hard water is boiled. For carbonate and noncarbonate hardness. Although modern detergents counteract many of the problems of hard water. Noncarbonate hardness is a measure of calcium and magnesium salts other than carbonate and bicarbonate salts. Left to dry on the surface of glassware and plumbing fixtures.” Because noncarbonated hardness cannot be removed or precipitated by prolonged boiling. magnesium sulfate (MgSO4). as well as reduced efficiency in washing and laundering. (1 mm) of scale on the heating surfaces of a hot water heater creates an insulation effect that will increase heating costs by about 10 percent. and magnesium chloride (MgCl2). carbon dioxide (CO2) is driven off. Calcium and magnesium combined with carbonate (CO3) also contribute to carbonate hardness.” such as the familiar bathtub ring. Hardness ions form precipitates with soap. Bicarbonate salts of calcium and magnesium then settle out of the water to form calcium and magnesium carbonate precipitates. including showers doors. calcium chloride. synthetic detergents have been developed and are now used almost exclusively for washing clothes and dishes. carbonate hardness is sometimes called “Temporary hardness. Because it can be removed by heating. when the magnesium hardness is more than about 40 mg/l (as CaCO3). Causing unsightly “curd. A coating of only 0. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 165 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Scale that forms on the inside of water pipes will eventually reduce the flow capacity or possibly block it entirely. These precipitates form the familiar chalky deposits on teapots. although it is a very rare condition. In particular. magnesium hydroxide scale will deposit in hot water heaters that are operated at normal temperature of 140-150oF (60-66oC). usually calcium carbonate. Ca(HCO3)2. many customers prefer softer water. it is sometimes called “Permanent hardness. These salts ate calcium sulfate. and magnesium bicarbonate Mg(HCO3)2. Effect on Soap The historical objection to hardness has been its effect on soap. When hard water is heated.” Objections to Hard Water Scale Formation Hard water forms scale.04 in. and sink tops.

In the ion exchange process. the water filters through minerals called zeolites. the sodium ions in the zeolite are exchanged for the calcium and magnesium ions in the water. a strong solution of sodium chloride (salt) is passed through the filter to replace the sodium that has been lost. You may want to consider installing a separate faucet for unsoftened water for drinking and cooking. As the water passes through the filter. The most common way to soften household water is to use a water softener. The principal methods of softening water are the lime soda process and the ion exchange process. Some cities and towns. and high levels can clog pipes. In the lime soda process. It forms scale in pipes.Water Softening Is a method of removing from water the minerals that make it hard. however. semi-automatic. prohibit or restrict the use of ion exchange equipment on drinking water. pending the results of studies on how people are affected by the consumption of the added sodium in softened water. Softeners are automatic. These chemicals combine with the calcium and magnesium in the water to make insoluble compounds that settle to the bottom of the water tank. After household softeners become exhausted. and the water is softened. soda ash and lime are added to the water in amounts determined by chemical tests. Each type is available in several sizes and is rated on the amount of hardness it can remove before regeneration is necessary. The use of two exchange materials makes it possible to remove both metal and acid ions from water. Hard water does not dissolve soap readily. and other equipment in which it is used. Calcium and magnesium in water create hard water. Softeners may also be safely used to remove up to about 5 milligrams per liter of dissolved iron if the water softener is rated for that amount of iron removal. Water softening units also remove iron. or manual. boilers. The best way to soften water is to use a water softener unit connected into the water supply line. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 166 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

It's the resulting removal of calcium and magnesium ions that produces "soft water. Fully automatic softeners regenerate on a preset schedule and return to service automatically. calcium and magnesium ions are attracted to the charged resin beads. it must be recharged. The principle behind water softening is really just simple chemistry. you should check your water softener once a week to be sure the salt level is always at least one quarter full. When the resin beads in your softener become saturated with calcium and magnesium ions. For a monthly fee the company installs a softener unit and replaces it periodically with a freshly charged unit. some units are started by water use meters or hardness detectors. Typical Water Softener Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 167 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . they need to be recharged. A water softener contains resin beads which hold electrically charged ions. Sodium ions from the water softening salt reactivate the resin beads so they can continue to do their job.Using a softener to remove iron in naturally soft water is not advised. Regeneration is usually started by a preset time clock. Without sufficient softening salt. a green-sand filter is a better method. there are companies that provide a water softening service. As a rule." The diagram shows the exchange that takes place during the water softening process. When hard water passes through the softener. brining and rinsing. your water softener is less efficient. Manual units require manual operation of one or more valves to control back washing. Semi automatic softeners have automatic controls for everything except for the start of regeneration. In many areas. When the resin is filled to capacity.

Nollet’s First Osmosis Machine Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 168 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

membranes have been used for desalinization. more stringent regulations. but it wasn’t until the late 1950s that membranes were produced that could be used for what is known as reverse osmosis. Description of Membrane Filtration Processes In the simplest membrane processes. In particular. In potable water treatment. based on the driving force used to make the process work. water is forced through a porous membrane under pressure while suspended solids. membrane technology enables some water systems having contaminated water sources to meet new. are: • Pressure-driven processes • Electric-driven processes Pressure-Driven Processes The four general membrane processes that operate by applying pressure to the raw water are: • Microfiltration • Ultrafiltration • Nanofiltration • Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 169 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . In some cases. to be used. scientists have attempted to develop membrane that would be useful in industrial processes. the French physicist Nollet first noted that water would diffuse through a pig bladder membrane into alcohol. a process in which water from a dilute solution will naturally pass through a porous membrane into a concentrate solution. it can also allow secondary sources. large molecules or ions are held back or rejected. In reverse osmosis. and removal of the fine solids. Over the years. This was the discovery of osmosis. removal of dissolved inorganic and organic chemicals. water is forced to move through a membrane from a concentrate solution to a dilute solution. water softening. continual improvements and new developments have been made in membrane technology. Types of Membrane Filtration Processes The two general classes of membrane processes. such as brackish groundwater. There is great potential for the continuing wide use of membrane filtration processes in potable water treatment. resulting in ever-increasing uses in many industries. especially as technology improves and costs are reduced.Membrane Filtration Processes In 1748. Since that time.

the process has also been used as a pretreatment for other membrane processes.1 µm. Membranes with a pore size of 0. this size is relatively large compared with the other membrane filtration processes. This was done to improve filtering efficiency. However. or the problem substances can be removed more economically using other processes.45 µm are normally used. In particular. This capability will undoubtedly increase the use of NF for potable water treatment. The formed particles were then removed by rapid sand filters. Nanofiltration Nanofiltration (NF) is a process using a membrane that will reject even smaller molecules that UF. RO membranes are susceptible to clogging or binding unless the water being processed is already quite clean. In addition. this direct filtration process has used the injection of coagulants such as alum or polymers into the raw water stream to remove turbidity such as clay or silts. These RO membranes have very low MWC pore size that can reject ions at very high rates. UF membranes can be designed to pass material that weighs less than or equal to a certain molecular weight. The process has been used primarily for water softening and reduction of total dissolved solids (TDS). The smaller pore size is designed to remove colloids and substances that have larger molecules. Reverse Osmosis Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a membrane process that has the highest rejection capability of all the membrane processes. RO is discussed in more detail later. and radionuclides and microorganisms. microfiltration has been proposed as a filtering method for particles resulting from the direct filtration process. The RO also works with most organic chemicals. especially for small particles that could contain bacterial and protozoan life. NF operates with less pressure that reverse osmosis and is still able to remove a significant proportion of inorganic and organic molecules.Microfiltration Microfiltration (MF) is a process in which water is forced under pressure through a porous membrane. The current primary use of MF is by industries to remove very fine particles from process water. The process has been use primarily in the water industry for desalinization of seawater because the capital and operating costs are competitive with other processes for this service. which are called high-molecular-weight materials. Industrial water uses such as semiconductor manufacturing is also utilizes the RO process. in recent years. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 170 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . such as in electronic manufacturing. it can be used effectively for removal of most organic chemicals. This process has not been generally applicable to drinking water treatment because it either does not remove substances that require removal from potable water. Although UF does not generally work well for removal of salt or dissolved solids. including chloride and sodium. Ultrafiltration Ultrafiltration (UF) is a process that uses a membrane with a pore size generally below 0. This weight is called the molecular weight cutoff (MWC) of the membrane. Traditionally. Water from this process is very pure due to the high reject rates.

These processes are • Electrodialysis • Electrodialysis reversal Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 171 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .Membrane Configurations Hollow Fiber Spiral Wound Plate and Frame Tubular Electric-Driven Processes There are two membrane processes that purify a water stream by using an electric current to move ions across a membrane.

Electrodialysis Electrodialysis (ED) is a process in which ions are transferred through a membrane as a result of direct electric current applied to the solution. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 172 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . The reversal in polarity reverses the flow of ions between demineralizing compartments. ED and EDR have been used at only a few locations for drinking water treatment. which provides automatic flushing of scale-forming materials from the membrane surface. The current carries the ions through a membrane from the less concentrated solution to the more concentrated one. Electrodialysis Reversal Electrodialysis Reversal (EDR) is a process similar to ED. Carbon Vessels used to remove tastes and odors from water. EDR can often be used with little or no pretreatment of feedwater to prevent fouling. As a result. So far. except that the polarity of the direct current is periodically reversed.

This exceeds the water's osmotic pressure. and if that pressure exceeds the osmotic pressure. called osmotic pressure.2760 kPa) depending on the RO system model. RO produces high quality water at low cost compared to other purifications processes. and virtually 100% of colloidal and suspended matter. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 173 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .400 psi (1380 .water. The membrane is constructed into a cartridge called a reverse osmosis module. This process.passes through a semi-permeable membrane from a relatively dilute solution toward a more concentrated solution. The membrane must be physically strong enough to stand up to high osmotic pressure . A portion of the water (permeate) diffuses through the membrane leaving dissolved salts and other contaminants behind with the remaining water where they are sent to drain as waste (concentrate). called reverse osmosis. or RO. either as a sheet or fine hollow fibers. incoming water is pressurized with a pump to 200 . RO Skid After filtration to remove suspended particles.Reverse Osmosis Osmosis is a natural phenomenon in which a liquid . If pressure is applied to the more concentrated solution. This flow produces a measurable pressure.in the case of sea water. removes up to 98% of dissolved minerals. water flows through the membrane from the more concentrated solution toward the dilute solution. 2500 kg/m. Most membranes are made of cellulose acetate or polyamide composites cast into a thin film. in this case .

and most gases. The higher the content of dissolved solids. and a container or transport mechanism of some type. naturally occurring in living things. one must begin by understanding the process of osmosis. it is described here in greater detail. To understand Reverse Osmosis. while blocking others. separated by a semi-permeable membrane. in that the molecular weight of the element affects the osmotic pressure. which occurs in nature. The semi-permeable membrane is so designated because it permits certain elements to pass through. and as permeate quality requirements become more demanding. the higher the osmotic pressure. The elements that pass through include water. Generally. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 174 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .Pretreatment is important because it influences permeate quality and quantity. In living things. The osmotic pressure is defined as the pressure differential required to stop osmosis from occurring. the need for pretreatment increases as systems become larger and operate at higher pressures. at which point osmosis ceases. usually smaller molecules of dissolved solids. Each element that may be dissolved in the solution contributes to the osmotic pressure. This pressure differential is determined by the total dissolved solids content of the saline solution or contaminated solution on one side of the membrane. It also affects the module's life because many water-borne contaminants can deposit on the membrane and foul it. In osmosis. osmosis is frequently seen. the pure solution passes through the membrane until the osmotic pressure becomes equalized. The dissolved solids are usually further restricted based on their respective electrical charge. Because reverse osmosis is the principal membrane filtration process used in water treatment. The component parts include a pure or relatively pure water solution and a saline or contaminated water solution.

The concentrate.000 PPM typically has an osmotic pressure of about 376 PSI (26. while keeping the membrane surface relatively free from particulate. This design enabled the engineers to construct a membrane element that could contain a generous amount of membrane area in a small package.S. and fueled by U. called the microporous support layer. osmosis would have to be reversed. cast in a microscopically thin layer on another.75 Bar). it gets more and more concentrated. and to stop osmosis in seawater. before being assembled into the spiral wound element design. Additionally. This concentrated raw water is called the reject stream or concentrate stream. However. Common tap water as found in most areas may have an osmotic pressure of about 10 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). Government funding. when sufficient flows are maintained. opening at the permeate tube. One of the membrane designs was the spiral wound membrane element. and becomes the product or result of the purification process. In order to transform this process into one that purifies water. around the spiral and collects in the permeate tube. Government scientists had the idea that the principles of osmosis could be harnessed to purify water from various sources. called the product or permeate tube. and to permit the flow of raw water to pass along the length of the membrane. Thus.68 Bar. serves to carry away the impurities removed by the membrane. Hence the formula for calculating osmotic pressure is very complex. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 175 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Each sheet of membrane material is inspected at special light tables to ensure the quality of the membrane coating. It may also be called brine if it is coming from a salt water source. approximate osmotic pressures are usually sufficient to design a system. These ideas were crystallized. and wound around this tube are one or more "envelopes" of membrane material. impedes or even prevents the purification process. thus keeping the membrane surface clean and functional. as the raw water flows along the "brine channel" or coarse medium provided to facilitate good flow characteristics. This is important. and manufactured to the required tolerances. to reach the point at which osmosis stops for tap water. thicker cast layer of Polysulfone. colloidal. Thus when water penetrates or permeates though the membrane. The design features a perforated tube in the center of the element. Each envelope is sealed at the incoming and exiting edge. a pressure of 376 PSI would have to be applied to the seawater side of the membrane. and suitable synthetic membrane materials would have to be developed. Meanwhile. U. This permits flows and pressures to be developed to the point that ample processed or purified water is produced. Seawater at 36. a pressure of 10 PSI would have to be applied to the saline solution.Generally. The microporous support layer is cast on sheets of paper-like material that are made from synthetic fibers such as polyester.S. bacteriological or mineralogical fouling. aided by a fine mesh called the permeate channel. usable membrane materials and designs resulted. ways of configuring the membranes would have to be engineered to handle a continuous flow of raw and processed water without clogging or scaling the membrane material. The permeate or product water is collected from the end of each membrane element. or about 1. higher molecular weights result in higher osmotic pressures. The membrane material itself is a special thin film composite (TFC) polyamide material. as buildup on the membrane surface. Several decades ago. including brackish water and seawater. it travels. called fouling.

the salt passage increases. Or if operating pressures do not increase. There are many considerations when designing R/O systems that competent engineers are aware of. flux (permeate flow) increases. In general. or prevented from passing through the membrane. and usually multiple membranes are employed. the concentrations of TDS increase as it passes along the membrane’s length. the osmotic pressure is generally doubled. raw water TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). Factors that affect the pressure required include raw water temperature. Typically. These include optimum flows and pressures. with each membrane in series seeing progressively higher dissolved solids levels. and so forth.000 PPM would have 100 PPM remaining. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 176 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . For example. With lower temperatures. a membrane with a rejection rate of 99% (usually based on Na (Sodium)) will allow only 1% of the concentration of dissolved solids to pass through into the permeate. membrane age. standard rejection membranes produce permeate below 500 PPM. Hence product water from a source containing 10. The rejection rate is the percentage of dissolved solids rejected. as the raw water is processed.000 PPM. while high rejection membranes under the same conditions produce drinking water TDS of below 300 PPM. while operating pressures increase.To achieve Reverse Osmosis. Of course. optimum recovery rates (the percentage of permeate from a given stream of raw water). and membrane fouling. and operating pressure required is lower. The affect of temperature is that with higher temperatures. the osmotic pressure must be exceeded. in that salt passage decreases (reducing the TDS in the permeate or product water). and to produce a reasonable amount of purified water. Membranes are available in "standard rejection" or "high rejection" models for seawater and brackish water. Thus with seawater osmotic pressure of 376 PSI. then the amount of permeate or product water is reduced. Higher temperatures or lower temperatures can be accommodated with appropriate adjustments in the system design. prefiltration and other pretreatment considerations. Reverse Osmosis (R/O) systems are designed for raw water temperatures of 25° C (77° F). a typical system operating pressure is about 800 PSI. the inverse occurs. starting with seawater of 36.

Post treatment should usually include a form of sterilization such as Chlorine. Ultra-Violet (U-V). Packaged skid with instrumentation. chemical injection of one or more pretreatment agents may be added.Membrane systems in general cannot handle the typical load of particulate contaminants without prefiltration. including multi-media filtration and one or more stages of cartridge filtration. a pressure pump suited to the application. R/O pressure vessels. prefiltration in one or more stages. tailored to the application. sized and driven appropriately for the flow and pressure required. or mineral injection for some applications. or similar). and softening unit. Bromine. or Ozone. Often. pH adjustment. various gauges and flow meters. R/O systems typically have the following components: A supply pump or pressurized raw water supply. Other types of post treatment may include carbon filters. a membrane array including one or more membranes installed in one or more pressure tubes (also called pressure vessels. and possibly some form of post treatment. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 177 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . a pressure regulating valve. to provide sufficient protection for the membranes. UV. well designed systems employ multiple stages of prefiltration. Usually the last stage would be 5m or smaller. relief valve(s) and/or safety pressure switches.

As some of the fluid passes through the membrane the rest continues downstream. the more likely it will be rejected. preferably both before and after the membrane array. Reverse osmosis. and other constituents that have a molecular weight of greater than 150-250 daltons. sweeping the rejected species away from the membrane. which will pass through the reverse osmosis membrane. the larger the driving force. Reverse osmosis uses a membrane that is semi-permeable. Another feature found in better systems is a provision to clean the membranes in place. also known as hyperfiltration. Reverse Osmosis delivers product water or permeate having essentially the same temperature as the raw water source (an increase of 1° C or 1. Component parts have been improved as well. The separation of ions with reverse osmosis is aided by charged particles. The higher the pressure. is the finest filtration known. salts. This means that dissolved ions that carry a charge. particles. Reverse Osmosis has proved to be the most reliable and cost effective method of desalinating water. are more likely to be rejected by the membrane than those that are not charged. allowing the fluid that is being purified to pass through it. commonly known as a "Clean In Place" (CIP) system. The process of reverse osmosis requires a driving force to push the fluid through the membrane. Such a system may be built right into the R/O system or may be provided as an attachment for use as required. further extending membrane life and improving performance. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 178 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . the driving force required to continue concentrating the fluid increases. Reverse osmosis is capable of rejecting bacteria. reducing maintenance and down time. taste or properties of the fluid. while rejecting the contaminants that remain. sugars. Most reverse osmosis technology uses a process known as cross-flow to allow the membrane to continually clean itself. R/O is usually the preferred method of desalination today. The larger the charge and the larger the particle. This is more desirable than the hot water produced by evaporation technologies. It can be used to purify fluids such as ethanol and glycol. The most common use for reverse osmosis is in purifying water. Advancements have been made in membrane technology. proteins. resulting in stable. such as organics. systems installed in critical applications should be equipped with a permeate or product flow meter. It is used to produce water that meets the most demanding specifications that are currently in place. As the concentration of the fluid being rejected increases. For these and other reasons. while rejecting other ions and contaminants from passing. R/O Systems can be designed to deliver virtually any required product water quality. However. long lived membrane elements.Clean-In-Place Some very low cost R/O systems may dispense with most of the controls and instruments. a reject. and hence its use has become more and more widespread. dyes.8° F may occur due to pumping and friction in the piping). and the most common force is pressure from a pump. Energy consumption is usually some 70% less than for comparable evaporation technologies. Additional advancements in pretreatment have been made in recent years. multiple pressure gauges to indicate the pressure before and after each filtration device and the system operation pressure in the membrane loop. Reverse osmosis is used to purify water and remove salts and other impurities in order to improve the color. This process will allow the removal of particles as small as ions from a solution. such as salts. concentrate or brine flow meter.

organic compounds. turbidity. sulfates. virus. herbicides. pesticides. heavy metals. carbon and/or carbon block technology. cysts.Reverse Osmosis. dissolved solids. insecticides. lead. A Reverse Osmosis System removes virtually all: bad taste. chlorine and THM's. It is the best tasting because it is oxygen-rich. when properly configured with sediment. detergents. Common packaged filters Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 179 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . odor. nitrates. sodium. magnesium. inorganic minerals. bacteria. cadmium. parasites. fluoride. phosphates. calcium. produces pure water that is clearly the body's choice for optimal health. radioactivity and asbestos. aluminum. arsenic.

5 ppm to 5. Oxygen tank is necessary to generate O3 Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 180 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Ozone is obtained by passing a flow or air of oxygen between two electrodes that are subjected to an alternating current in the order of 10. it is not shipped and must be manufactured on-site. or of THM and other inorganics.000 volts. odor. 3O2 + electrical discharge → 2O3 Liquid ozone is very unstable and can readily explode. in the order of 0. and will remove practically all color. it may produce other when followed by chlorination. temperature. O3 → O2 + O It is the nascent oxygen that produces the high oxidation and disinfections. It does not form chloramines or THMs. As a result.000 to 20. taste. Although it is widely used throughout the world. iron.0 ppm. and pH of the water are factors to be determined. Each water has its own ozone demand.Ozone Ozone (O3) is probably the strongest oxidizing agent available for water treatment. and while it may destroy some THMs. Ozone acts as a complete disinfectant. and even sterilization. Ozone is a light blue gas at room temperature. It has a self-policing pungent odor similar to that sometimes noticed during and after heavy electrical storms. It is an excellent aid to the flocculation and coagulation process. Further. is has no found much application in the United States. because of the possibility of formation of other carcinogens (such as aldehydes or phthalates) it falls into the same category as other disinfectants in that it can produce DBPs. Contact time. In use. and manganese. ozone breaks down into oxygen and nascent oxygen. Ozone is not practical for complete removal of chlorine or chloramines.

The lamp is placed inside a quartz tube. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 181 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . leaving little for disinfection. and this radiation is so powerful that all life on earth would be destroyed if these ray were not scattered by the atmosphere and filtered out by the layers of ozone gas that float some 20 miles above the earth. Of course. As water enters the sterilizer. Further. A sun lamp. Ordinary glass cannot be used since it will absorb the UV rays. A mercury vapor lamp is one in which an electric arc is passed through an inert gas.Ultraviolet Radiation The enormous temperatures on the sun create ultraviolet (UV) rays in great amounts. The UV sterilizer will consist of a various number of lamps and tubes. Quartz is used in this case since practically none of the UV rays are absorbed by the quartz. sends out UV rays that when properly controlled result in a suntan. This in turn will vaporize the mercury contained in the lamp. The basic design flow of water of certain UV units is in the order of 2. The lamp itself does not come intro contact water. In this way the microorganisms spend maximum time and contact with the outside of the quartz tube and the source of the UV rays. too much will cause sunburn.0 gpm for each inch of the lamp. the units are designed so that the contact or retention time of the water in the unit is not less than 15 seconds. This radiation can be artificially produced by sending strong electric currents thorough various substances. depending upon the quantity of water to be treated. for example. allowing all of the rays to reach the water. The water flow around the quartz tube. The UV lamp that can be used for the disinfection of water depends upon the low-pressure mercury vapor lamp to produce the ultraviolet energy. and the water is in contact with the outside of the quartz tube. and it is a result of this vaporization that UV rays are produced. it is given a tangential flow pattern so that the water spins over and around the quartz sleeves.

such substances as excesses of chlorides. but in combination with ozone. Each lamp is outfitted with its own photoelectric cell. Also. It adds no chemicals to the water. which is about 1 year’s time. iron. The UV manufacturer will of course stipulate which pretreatment may be necessary. it leaves no residual. and sulfates affect absorption of the ultraviolet ray. and it is safe to use. molds. and yeasts. taste. although a water may appear to be clear. the water to be disinfected must be clean. it is said to be effective in the removal of THM precursors and THMs. These are conditions that must be met.500 hours.Most manufacturers claim that the UV lamps have a life of about 7. The water must also be colorless and must be free of any colloids. UV radiation will not remove precursors. For effective use of ultraviolet. Alone. The lamp must be replaced when it loses about 40% to 50% of its UV output. manganese. bicarbonates. The germicidal effect of UV is thought to be associated with its absorption by various organic components essential to the cell’s functioning. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 182 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . These parameters will probably require at least filtration of one type or another. and free of any suspended solids. and it does not form THMs. and with it own alarm that will be activated when the penetration drops to a present level. in any installation this is determined by means of a photoelectric cell and a meter that shows the output of the lamp. It is used to remove traces of ozone and chloramines from the finished water. Ultraviolet radiation is an excellent disinfectant that is highly effective against viruses. and odor.

resins. nanofiltration. GAC or combinations of others processes. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 183 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . GAC-UV GAC GAC UV? Use of Fe2+ in coagulation. Phthalates None known Disinfectant By-product Removal Granular Activated Carbon (GAC). controlled coagulation. aeration. ionexchange GAC GAC Chloramine (NHxCly) Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) Permanganate (KMnO4) Ozone (O3) Ultraviolet (UV) The table indicates that most of the disinfectants will leave a by-product that is or would possibly be inimical to health. RO. Carboxylics. reverse osmosis. aeration.Removal of Disinfection By-products Disinfectant Chlorine (HOCl) Disinfectant Byproduct Trialomethane (THM) Chloramine Chlorophenol Probably no THM Others? Chlorites Chlorates No THMs Aldehydes. This may aid with a decision as to whether or not precursors should be removed before these disinfectants are added to water. If it is decided that removal of precursors is needed. research to date indicates that this removal can be attained through the application of controlled chlorination plus coagulation and filtration.

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and chloramine. Most ammonia in water is present as the ammonium ion rather than as ammonia.used to treat water. This is different than 12 inches above the ground. To reverse the natural and normal directional flow of a liquid. Alternative Disinfectants: Disinfectants . Anaerobic conditions: When anaerobic conditions exist in either the metalimnion or hypolimnion of a stratified lake or reservoir. for an example. There is limited experience and scientific knowledge about the by-products and risks associated with the use of alternatives. needs to be installed 12 inches above the ground. a kitchen faucet. gases. Ammonia: A chemical made with Nitrogen and Hydrogen and used with chlorine to disinfect water. Needs to be tested on an annual basis. The molecular formula of Alum is Al2(SO4)3~14H2O. As: Is the chemical symbol of Arsenic. Backflow: The definition of ‘backflow ’is a reverse flow condition that causes water or mixtures of water and other liquids. gases. Acid Rain: Acid rain a result of airborne pollutants. Anaerobic: An abnormal condition in which color and odor problems are most likely to occur.2 mg/L: Should be the target value for the free chlorine residual in the distribution system. It is a cationic polymer. or solid substances back in to the public potable (drinking) water supply. The difference between a reduced pressure principle backflow device and a double check backflow device is that RP has a relief valve. ultraviolet radiation. Aquifer: An underground geologic formation capable of storing significant amounts of water. the unnatural act of reversing the normal direction of the flow of liquid. Backflow 12 inches: Is the required distance above ground that a double check backflow or RP assembly needs to be installed. Atom: The general definition of an ion is an atom with a positive or negative charge. Is a permeable layer of the subsurface that allows the movement of groundwater. Air Hood: Is the most suitable protection when working with a chemical that produces dangerous fumes.other than chlorination (halogens) . An operator should not mix acid and water or acid to a strong base. Most of these problems are associated with Reduction in the stratified waters. Acid and a Base is Mixed: When an acid and a base are mixed an explosive reaction occurs and decomposition products are created under certain conditions. Backsiphonage Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 185 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . 10 ppm: Is the IDLH for Cl2 gas according to the NIOSH manual. water quality problems may make the water unappealing for domestic use without costly water treatment procedures. Backflow or Cross-connection Failure: Might be the source of an organic substance causing taste and odor problems in a water distribution system. Air Gap: A physical separation space that is present between the discharge vessel and the receiving vessel. This is normally an undesirable effect. or substances to flow back into the distribution system. Minimum 1 inch or twice the diameter whatever is greater. Acid: Slowly add the acid to water while stirring. An operator must ensure when installing a pressure vacuum breaker backflow device that it must be at least 12 inches about the highest downstream outlet. Aluminum Sulfate: Is the chemical name for Alum. 0. Continuous positive pressure in a distribution system is essential for preventing a backflow event. ozone. or solid substances back in to the public potable (drinking) water supply. Air Gap or Vacuum Breaker: A potable water line should be equipped with an air gap or vacuum breaker when connected to a chemical feeder for fluoride. Activated Charcoal: Is a treatment technique that is not included in the grading of a water facility.g. Accuracy: Is how closely an instrument measures the true or actual value. See Cross-connection control. Absence of Oxygen: The complete absence of oxygen in water described as Anaerobic. gases.Water Treatment Glossary Excellent operator certification study tool. Electron is the name of a negatively charged atomic particle. e. Backflow Prevention: To stop or prevent the occurrence of. Backflow: A double check valve backflow assembly provides effective protection from both backpressure and backsiphonage of pollution only. chlorine dioxide.1 year is the maximum time period between having a backflow device tested by a certified backflow tester.

e. Buffer: Chemical that resists pH change. Benching: A method of protecting employees from cave-ins by excavating the sides of an excavation to form one or a series of horizontal levels or steps. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 186 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Battery: A source of direct current (DC) may be used for standby lighting in a water treatment facility. including on and in the human body. Bypass Valve: Is the name of a type of valve that reduces the differential pressure across a closed disk making the main valve easier to open and close. Capillary Fringe: The material immediately above the water table may contain water by capillary pressure in the small void spaces. Equipment that utilizes water for cooling. washing or as a solvent always susceptible to a crossconnection. It is the method by which the liquid substance may be forced by excess pressure over or into a higher point. If released. Ca: Is the chemical symbol for calcium. Bromine: This chemical disinfectant has been used only on a very limited scale for water treatment because of its handling difficulties.60. Bacillus. CaOCl2. Backwashing: Backwash the filters more frequently can be used to increase water production if an increase in raw water turbidity and coagulation feed rate creates additional loading on the filter. and Iron: Are the three elements that cause hardness in water. Cl2 gas will settle on the floor. Carbonate.condition usually causes reduced pressure or negative pressure on the service or supply side. Examples include. Cadmium: A contaminant that is usually not found naturally in water or in very small amounts. Minimum water pressure must be maintained to ensure adequate customer service during peak flow periods. usually with vertical or near vertical surfaces between levels. Ceiling Area: The specific gravity of ammonia gas is 0. lubrication. Calcium Hardness: A measure of the calcium salts dissolved in water. Iron bacteria are undesirable in a water distribution system because the bacteria may cause red water and slime. Bacteria are found everywhere.g. Backwash: A surface wash system should be activated prior to the start of the backwash. Breakpoint Chlorination: The process of chlorinating the water with significant quantities of chlorine to oxidize all contaminants and organic wastes and leave all remaining chlorine as free chlorine. The electrical current used in a DC system may come from a battery. Shigella. Bicarbonate and Hydroxide: Chemicals that are responsible for the alkalinity of water. Bacteria: Are small. Carbon Dioxide Gas: The pH will decrease and alkalinity will change as measured by the Langelier index after pumping carbon dioxide gas into water. Centrifugal Force: That force when a ball is whirled on a string pulls the ball outward. it is that force which throws water from a spinning impeller. healthy humans. one-celled animals too small to be seen by the naked eye. Magnesium. Caustic Soda: Also known as sodium hydroxide and is used to raise pH. sodium bicarbonate. Cathodic Protection: Guards against stray current corrosion. Cathodic Protection: Cathodic protection interrupts corrosion by supplying an electrical current to overcome the corrosion-producing mechanism. Only a small percentage of bacteria cause disease in normal. Salmonella. and a residual is difficult to obtain. Vibri Cholera and Cholera. Back-up Disinfection units: If a chlorination system goes out of operation you are required to have back-up. Humans would be unable to live without the bacteria that inhabit the intestines and assist in digesting food. This is one of the chemical disinfectants (HALOGEN) that kills bacteria and algae. This chemical causes skin burns on contact. Calcium Ion: Is divalent because it has a valence of +2. On a centrifugal pump. Backsiphonage: A liquid substance that is carried over a higher point. Bromine: Has a limited use for water treatment because of its handling difficulties. However minimum positive pressure must be maintained in mains to protect against backflow or backsiphonage from cross-connections. this gas will accumulate first at the ceiling are.4H2O: Is the molecular formula of Calcium hypochlorite. Cathodic Protection: An operator should protect against corrosion of the anode and/or the cathode by painting the copper cathode. Calcium.

means the amount of chlorine required to produce a free chlorine residual of 0. Chlorine is extremely reactive. throat cancer will occur. a rupture may occur. and edema of the lungs. CL2 0. This creates a persistent disinfectant residual called chloramines. Chlorine is added to swimming pools to keep the water safe for swimming. CL2 10 mg/L: Small water storage tanks are commonly disinfected with a solution containing a Cl2 concentration of 50 mg/L. Chloramination: Treating drinking water by applying chlorine before or after ammonia.1 mg/l after a contact time of fifteen minutes as measured by iodmetic method of a sample at a temperature of twenty degrees in conformance with Standard methods.2 mg/l CL2 Gas Exposure: Chlorine gas causes suffocation. After 24 hours the minimum Cl2 concentration should be 10 mg/L.5 mg per liter (approximately 0. Chlorine is available as solid tablets for swimming pools. Chelation: A chemical process used to control scale formation in which a chelating agent "captures" scale-causing ions and holds them in solution. breathing problems. These side reactions complicate the use of Cl2 for disinfecting purposes. Their demand for Cl2 must be satisfied before Cl2 becomes available to accomplish disinfection. Chlorine gas reacts with water producing a strongly oxidizing solution causing damage to the moist tissue lining the respiratory tract when the tissue is exposed to chlorine. Chlorination: The process in water treatment of adding chlorine (gas or solid hypochlorite) for purposes of disinfection. CL2 A Fusible Plug: Is considered a safety device on a Cl2 cylinder. Protozoa are resistant to chlorine because they have thick coats. The rotating impeller creates pressure in the liquid by the velocity derived from centrifugal force. causing acute discomfort that warns of the presence of the toxicant. CL2 Chronic Exposure Corrosion of the Teeth: May occur due to chronic exposure to low concentrations of Cl2 gas. when the temperature decreases. Chemical Reaction Rate: In general.085 percent by volume) in the atmosphere causes death in minutes. Chloramines: A group of chlorine and ammonia compounds formed when chlorine combines with organic wastes in the water. Chemical Oxidizer: KMnO4 is used for taste and odor control because it is a strong oxidizer which eliminates many organic compounds. tightness in the throat. Chlorine is very effective against algae. or massive pulmonary edema. Chlorine Demand: Amount of chlorine required to react on various water impurities before a residual is obtained. Chlorine: Is a chemical used to disinfect water. CL2 Free Concentration: If you are disinfecting to preserve water potability. introduced into a stream of injector water and then conducted as a solution to the point of application. The amount of chlorine available for sanitization after the chlorine demand has been met. and when it comes in contact with microorganisms in water killing them. bronchitis.2 mg/L: If you are disinfecting to preserve water potability. Populations at special risk from chlorine exposure are individuals with pulmonary disease. Cl2 Expands in Volume: Happens to Cl2 when the temperature of a Cl2 cylinder increases.Centrifugal Pump: A pump consisting of an impeller fixed on a rotating shaft and enclosed in a casing. but less than 0. After long exposure. what should be the minimum concentration of free chlorine residual in the distribution system? 0. Death is possible from asphyxia. The opposite is true for when the temperature increases. shock. Also known as chlorine residual. Free: Chlorine available to kill bacteria or algae. As little as 2. Chloramines are not effective as disinfectants and are responsible for eye and skin irritation as well as strong chlorine odors (also known as Combined Chlorine). Chlorine Feeding: Chlorine may be delivered by vacuum-controlled solution feed chlorinators. the minimum concentration of free Cl2 residual in the distribution system. Some public water system’s drinking water treatment plants use chlorine in a gas form because of the large volumes required. the chemical reaction rate also decreases. The respiratory tract is rapidly irritated by exposure to 10-20 ppm of chlorine gas in air. constriction of the chest. Chlorine.0001 percent by volume may be tolerated for several hours. Cl2 Cylinder is Increased: If the temperature of a full Cl2 cylinder is increased by 50o F or 30o C. The chlorine gas is controlled. Also. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 187 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Protozoa are removed from drinking water by filtration. bacteria and viruses. reflex spasm in the larynx. or chronic lung conditions. Cl2 Demand: Cl2 combines with a wide variety of materials. metered. having an inlet and a discharge connection. Check Valve: It allows water to flow in only one direction.

Normal breathing will cause coughing. CL2: Cl2 as with H2S gas produces olfactory fatigue. CL2: Chronic exposure to low concentrations of Cl2 gas may cause corrosion of the teeth. the concentration of a free Cl2 residual should be 0. first loosen the packing gland around the valve. CL2: Even brief exposure to 1. At this point. CL2: Determine the ambient temperature in a Cl2 room by using a regular thermometer because ambient temperature is simply the air temperature of the room.CL2 Gas IDLH: As soon as Cl2 gas enters the throat area. which must be prevented if possible. Be sure that no one enters the leak area without an adequate self-contained breathing apparatus. CL2: If an operator places water on a leaking Cl2 cylinder. The victim must attempt to get out of the area of the leak.000 ppm of Cl2 can be fatal. and to take only very short breaths through the mouth. Cl2 Gas will Accumulate: If a Cl2 leak occurs. causing acute discomfort that warns of the presence of the toxicant. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 188 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Their demand for Cl2 must be satisfied before Cl2 becomes available to accomplish disinfection. CL2: 17 is the atomic number of Cl2. CL2: Cl2 gas reacts with water producing a strongly oxidizing solution causing damage to the moist tissue lining the respiratory tract when the tissue is exposed to Cl2. but less than 0. CL2: Cl2 gas is highly corrosive in moist conditions. the Cl2 gas will accumulate on the floor. CL2: Free available Cl2 is very effective in killing bacteria. proceeding upwind. Platinum. corrosion will occur and the leak will get larger.5 mg per liter in the atmosphere causes death in minutes.01 percent by volume may be tolerated for several hours. CL2 Gas Safety: Gas leak is the primary safety concern when using chlorine gas as opposed to calcium hypochlorite or sodium hypochlorite. The only metals that are TOTALLY inert to moist Cl2 gas are Gold. CL2: After Cl2 gas is manufactured. and tap the valve gently with your hand. As little as 2. and to take only very short breaths through the mouth. CL2: Before entering a Cl2 room to check on a leak don a self-contained breathing apparatus and check to see that the ventilation system is working. CL2: A device that has a transparent tube with a tapered bore containing a ball and is often used to measure the rate of a gas or liquid is called a Rotameter. which must be prevented if possible.5 mg/L in a clear well or distribution reservoir. tagged as empty. the victim must attempt to do two things: get out of the area of the leak. Chlorine gas causes suffocation. and Tantalum. proceeding upwind. CL2: The effectiveness of disinfection determined from the results of coliform testing. CL2: Downstream from the point of post chlorination. tightness in the throat. a victim will sense a sudden stricture in this areaNature’s way of signaling to prevent passage of the gas to the lungs. The respiratory tract is rapidly irritated by exposure to 10-20 ppm of Cl2 gas in air. CL2: Cl2 combines with a wide variety of materials. CL2: Cl2 gas should only be used under a fume hood. CL2: As soon as CL2 gas enters the throat area. CL2: A burning sensation in the eyes and throat: Is the most likely type of symptom one could expect upon exposure to a very small percentage of Cl2 in the air. it primarily transported and packaged as a liquefied gas under pressure in steel containers. CL2: 200 mg/l is a generally acceptable concentration of Cl2 solution that should be prepared to wash the inside of a storage facility. CL2: The Cl2 storage ventilation equipment be checked on a daily basis. CL2: Store an empty Cl2 cylinder upright. constriction of the chest. CL2 Gaskets: Replace according to manufacturers recommendations should be done with the gaskets when making a new connection on a chlorine feed system. a victim will sense a sudden stricture in this area—nature’s way of signaling to prevent passage of the gas to the lungs. Normal breathing will cause coughing. CL2: Breakpoint chlorination means adding Cl2 to the water until the Cl2 demand is satisfied. and edema of the lungs. CL2: Cl2 combines with water to form both hypochlorous and hydrochloric acids. CL2: Of an operator cannot open the valve on a Cl2 cylinder because it is too tight. CL2: The CT values for disinfection are used to determine the disinfection efficiency based upon time and concentration of the disinfectant residual. These side reactions complicate the use of Cl2 for disinfecting purposes.

5 times heavier than water and gaseous Cl2 is about 2. Compliance Period: A 3-calendar year time-frame within a compliance cycle. also known as chloramines. Colloidal Suspensions: Because both iron and manganese react with dissolved oxygen to form insoluble compounds they are not found in high concentrations in waters containing dissolved oxygen except as colloidal suspensions of the oxide. and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them. CL2: Where other factors are constant. CL2: When hypochlorite is brought into contact with an organic material. Coliform Bacteria: Are bacteria that are normally found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. or dangerous to employees. A clear well or a plant storage reservoir is usually filled when demand is low. CL2: The fusible plug on a 150-pound Cl2 cylinder is designed to soften and melt at high temperatures. amber colored liquid. CL2: When Cl2 is inhaled in high concentrations it causes emphysema and damage to the pulmonary blood vessels. Contact Time: If the water temperature decreases from 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) to 40 degrees F (4 degrees C). CL2: The purpose of an evaporator is to convert liquid Cl2 to gaseous Cl2 for use by gas chlorinators. Coliform bacteria are present in high numbers in animal feces. Can be readily compressed into a clear.CL2: The first step when removing a hypochlorinator from service is to turn off the water supply pump. Compliance Cycle: A 9-calendar year time-frame during which a public water system is required to monitor. Contact Time. nonflammable and liquefied gas with an unpleasant and irritating smell. hazardous. Combined Chlorine: The reaction product of chlorine with ammonia or other pollutants. and which is known or anticipated to occur in public water systems. Contains the Element Carbon: Is a simple definition of an organic compound. Coliform Testing: The effectiveness of disinfection is usually determined by Coliform bacteria testing. the scale or meter should be read at the same time each day. Contamination: To make something bad. To pollute or infect something. They are an indicator of potential contamination of water.5 times heavier than air. Condensation: Is the process called that changes water vapor to tiny droplets or ice crystals. pH and Low Turbidity: Are factors which are important in providing good disinfection using chlorine. CL2: The water temperature decreases from 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) to 40 degrees F (4 degrees C). biological. ClO2: Is the molecular formula of Chlorine dioxide. is that the ejector draws in additional water for dilution of the hypochlorinate solution. CL2: The purpose of the ejector on a hypochlorinator. CL2: The purpose of the bottom valve on a 1-ton Cl2 cylinder is to remove liquid Cl2. the disinfecting action may be represented by: Kill = C x T. and a strong oxidizer. The operator needs to increase the detention time to maintain good disinfection of the water. Composite Sample: Is a water sample that is a combination of a group of samples collected at various intervals during the day. Coagulation: The best pH range for coagulation is between a pH of 5 and 7. which is at a level that may have an adverse effect on public health. Allow a longer contact time to maintain good disinfection of the water. Cl2 is about 1. or radiological substance or matter in water. A positive sample is a bad thing and indicates that you have bacteria contamination. Competent Person: One who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions. Mixing is an important part of the coagulation process you want to complete the coagulation process as quickly as possible. To reduce the quality of the Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 189 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . CL2: When determining a Cl2 use rate. Each compliance cycle consists of 3 compliance periods. Colorimetric Measurement: A means of measuring and unknown chemical concentration in water by measuring a sample's color intensity. Adequate and appropriate disinfection effectively destroys coliform bacteria. Clear Well: Is a large underground storage facility sometimes made of concrete. which are unsanitary. chemical. Contaminant: Any natural or man-made physical. A noncombustible gas. the organic material decomposes releasing heat very rapidly. CL2: The physical and chemical properties of Cl2 are: A yellowish green. Community Water System: A water system which supplies drinking water to 25 or more of the same people year-round in their residences.

The effectiveness of disinfection determined by the results of coliform testing.000 feet in length should be 8 inches. Reverse Osmosis and Freezing: Processes can be used to remove minerals from the water. Detection Lag: Is the period of time between the moment of change in a chlorinator control system and the moment when the change is sensed by the chlorine residual indicator. Dental Caries Prevention in Children: Is the main reason that fluoride is added to a water supply. Acid feed is the most common method of scale control in a membrane demineralization treatment system. Disinfection: The treatment of water to inactivate. Decompose: To decay or rot. Copper: Is the chemical name for the symbol Cu. Detention Time: The minimum detention time range recommended for flocculation is 5 – 20 minutes for direct filtration and up to 30 minutes for conventional filtration. Corrosion is caused by improperly balanced water or excessive water velocity through piping or heat exchangers. soil) present in raw water during the water treatment process. Cryptosporidium: A disease-causing parasite. Diatomaceous Earth: Is a fine silica material containing the skeletal remains of algae. Demineralization Process: Mineral concentration of the feed water is the most important consideration in the selection of a demineralization process. the unit may be protected by sealing it in a tight container. The EPA has determined that these DBPs can cause cancer. Cross-contamination: The mixing of two unlike qualities of water. Might be the source of an organic substance causing taste and odor problems in a water distribution system. Types of source water are required by law to treat water using filtration and disinfection are groundwater under the direct influence of surface water. Dangerous Chemicals: The most suitable protection when working with a chemical that produces dangerous fumes is to work under an air hood. destroy. Disinfection by-products (DBPs): The products created due to the reaction of chlorine with organic materials (e. protozoa. Surface water sources. This container should contain a desiccant.g. Distillation. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 190 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . the mixing of good water with a polluting substance like a chemical substance. Distribution 8 inches: The minimum pipe diameter for a dead end line exceeding 2. The electrical current used in a DC system may come from a battery. Disinfectant Residual: The CT values for disinfection are used to determine the disinfection efficiency based upon time and disinfectant residual.The removal of metal from copper. Desiccant: When shutting down equipment which may be damaged by moisture. leaves. CWS: Community Water System. viruses.potable (drinking) water and create an actual hazard to the water supply by poisoning or through spread of diseases. Cross-connection: A physical connection between a public water system and any source of water or other substance that may lead to contamination of the water provided by the public water system through backflow. and/or remove pathogenic bacteria. Disinfect: To kill and inhibit growth of harmful bacterial and viruses in drinking water. and other parasites. Corrosion: Is the gradual decomposition or destruction of a material as it chemically reacts with water and is often referred to as corrosion. Direct Current: A source of direct current (DC) may be used for standby lighting in a water treatment facility. For example. other metal surfaces and concrete surfaces in a destructive manner. Control Taste and Odor Problems: KMnO4 Potassium permanganate is a strong oxidizer is commonly used to control taste and odor problems. Decomposition of Organic Material: The decomposition of organic material in water produces taste and odors. resistant to chlorine disinfection. Decibels: Is the unit of measurement for sound. Coupon: A coupon placed to measure corrosion damage in the water mains. Corrosivity: The Langelier Index measures corrosivity. Depolarization: Is the removal of hydrogen from a cathode. Dissolved Oxygen: Can be added to zones within a lake or reservoir that would normally become anaerobic during periods of thermal stratification. It may be found in fecal matter or contaminated drinking water.

Enhanced Coagulation: The process of joining together particles in water to help remove organic matter. This set-up or basin will give the best overall results. Filtration Methods: The conventional type of water treatment filtration method includes coagulation. flocculation. the operator should first check the fuse. Electrical: If grease comes in contact with the winding of a motor the winding insulation may deteriorate. and is simple to operate and maintain. Flood Rim: The point of an object where the water would run over the edge of something and begin to cause a flood. then tries to start the motor again. Managerial Capacity.1 gallons per minute per square foot of filter surface area. If the motor does not start. Flocculation Basin: Is a compartmentalized basin with a reduction of speed in each compartment. Finished Water: Treated drinking water that meets minimum state and federal drinking water regulations. Faucet with an Aerator: When collecting a water sample from a distribution system. Electrical: The overload control on a motor has tripped and the motor has stopped running. it is considered an indicator organism. Effectiveness of Chlorination: The factors which influence the effectiveness of chlorination the most are pH. an owner shall file an elementary business plan for review and approval by the Department. Direct filtration method is similar to conventional except that the sedimentation step is omitted. Diatomaceous earth method uses a thin layer of fine siliceous material on a porous plate. F: Is the chemical symbol of Fluorine. make sure the main switch is off and the voltage tester is rated to handle the voltage expected in the circuit. taste and color. Demineralization is primarily used to remove total dissolved solids from industrial wastewater. A water treatment step used to remove turbidity. Electricity: Rubber may be used to prevent the flow of electricity through a wire. and Financial Capacity make up the elementary business plan. Electron: Is the name of a negatively charged atomic particle. Dry Acid: A granular chemical used to lower pH and or total alkalinity. Turbidity and Temperature. Elementary Business Plan: Technical Capacity. adsorption. To become a new public water system. Indicator organisms may be accompanied by pathogens. Effectiveness of the Chlorine Decreases: Will occur during disinfection in source water with excessive turbidity. E. Filter Clogging: An inability to meet demand may occur when filters are clogging. Fecal Coliform: A group of bacteria that may indicate the presence of human or animal fecal matter in water. and biological action treatment methods are filtration processes that involves a number of interrelated removal mechanisms. has a flow of 0. a faucet with an aerator should not be used as a sample location. For water quality analyses purposes.Double Suction Pump: One advantage of a double suction pump is a reduction in the thrust load that the bearings must carry. odor. Filtration: A series of processes that physically removes particles from water. Flocculation: The process of bringing together destabilized or coagulated particles to form larger masses that can be settled and/or filtered out of the water being treated. and seawater. dissolved organics. Electrical: An operator using a voltage meter to test electrical equipment should first. Sedimentation. but do not necessarily cause disease themselves. Escherichia coli : Is a bacterium commonly found in the human intestine. Electrical Resistance: Resistance of electrical equipment is affected by many variables including the thickness of the insulation and its total mass area. These are considered evidence of water contamination. Slow sand filtration process does not require pretreatment. Eccentric Valve: The plug on an eccentric valve contacts the valve seat when the valve is closed. Electrical Problem: Moisture will cause the deterioration of oil in a transformer. An operator waits for the overload to cool. Enterovirus: A virus whose presence may indicate contaminated water. Floc Shearing: Is likely to happen to large floc particles when they reach the flocculation process. sedimentation. Emergency Response Team: Get out of the area and notify your local emergency response team is the first should be done first in case of a large uncontrolled chlorine leak. This type of filtration medium is only used for water with low turbidity. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 191 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . a virus that may infect the gastrointestinal tract of humans. Coli. and filtration. municipal water.

Graphic Information System: Detailed information about the physical locations of structures such as pipes. valves. Fluoride: High levels of fluoride may stain the teeth of humans. Giardia Lamblia: A pathogenic parasite. These are the substances is most commonly used to furnish fluoride ions to water: Sodium fluoride. which may be found in. Sodium silicofluoride and Hydrofluosilicic acid. Heat Damage to Air Compressor: An air compressor generates heat during the compression cycle. a free chlorine residual of at least 10 mg/L should be maintained in the clear well or distribution reservoir immediately downstream from the point of post-chlorination. 1 PSI = 2. Hepatitis. Grab Sample: Is a type of sample that should be collected to analyze for coliform bacteria.Flow must be Measured: A recorder that measures flow is most likely to be located in a central location. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 192 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .31 feet of water or 1 foot of head equals about a half a pound of pressure or . Formation of Tubercles: This condition is of the most concern regarding corrosive water effects on a water system. It is the creation of mounds of rust inside the water lines. All the other valves are in the rotary classification. This chemical must not be overfed due to a possible exposure to a high concentration of the chemical. And is the most common type of damage caused by heat generated during operation. Hard Water: Hard water causes a buildup of scale in household hot water heaters. Frequency must a Remote Operator inspect a Grade 1 or grade 2 Water Treatment Plant: Monthly or as necessary a remote operator inspect a grade 1 or grade 2 water treatment plant or distribution system that produces and distributes groundwater. H2SO4: Is the molecular formula of Sulfuric acid. Hertz: Is the term is used to describe the frequency of cycles in an alternating current (AC) circuit. Free Chlorine Residual gives the best Disinfection: Is the reason for chlorinating past the breakpoint is to provide protection in case of backflow. Free Chlorine Residual: Regardless of whether pre-chloration is practiced or not. and manholes within geographic areas with the use of satellites. A snap shot of a certain location and time. Health Advisory: An EPA document that provides guidance and information on contaminants that can affect human health and that may occur in drinking water. Static (water at rest) and Residual (water at flow conditions). Free Chlorine: In disinfection. There are various types of heads of water depending upon what is being measured. Gate Valve: Is the most common type of valve used in isolating a small or medium sized section of a distribution system and is the only linear valve used in water distribution. Gt : Represents (Detention time) x (mixing intensity) in flocculation. contaminated water. Head: The measure of the pressure of water expressed in feet of height of water. chlorine is used in the form of free chlorine or as hypochlorite ion. Giardiasis.433 PSI. The water flux decreases through a semipermeable membrane means that the mineral concentration of the water is increasing. GIS . Hazards of Polymers: Slippery and difficult to clean-up are the most common hazards associated with the use of polymers in a water treatment plant. pH and Low Turbidity: These are factors that are important in providing good disinfection when using chlorine. This is called Mottling. Good Contact Time. The most important safety considerations to know about fluoride chemicals is that all fluoride chemicals are extremely corrosive. Flux: The term flux describes the rate of water flow through a semipermeable membrane. or Typhoid: Are diseases that may be transmitted through the contamination of a water supply but not AIDS. Headworks: The facility at the "head" of the water source where water is first treated and routed into the distribution system. Fluoride Feeding System: Always review fluoride feeding system designs and specifications to determine whether locations for monitoring readouts and dosage controls are convenient to the operation center and easy to read and correct. but which EPA does not currently regulate in drinking water. pH and Temperature. Globe Valve: The main difference between a globe valve and a gate valve is that a globe valve is designed as a controlling device.

Hypochlorite and Organic Material: Heat and a possible fire may happen when hypochlorite is brought into contact with an organic material. but can also get into water through farming. EPA has set legal limits on 15 inorganic contaminants. HF: Is the molecular formula of Hydrofluoric acid. If the raw water is pre-chlorinated. The hardness of the source water affects the amount of water an ion exchange softener may treat before the bed requires regeneration. Iron and Manganese: In water can be usually detected by observing the color of the inside walls of filters and the filter media. neither corroding nor scaling). total alkalinity. chemical manufacturing. viruses and other microorganisms. A Langelier index of zero indicates perfect water balance (i. The presence of iron and manganese in water promote the growth of Iron bacteria. Often referred to as HPC. HOCL and HCL or free available chlorine. Infectious Pathogens/Microbes/Germs: Are considered disease-producing bacteria. the disinfecting action may be represented by: Kill=C x T.. and asbestos. When significant levels of dissolved oxygen are present. and other human activities. These contaminants are naturally-occurring in some water. nitrates. or allowing only with great difficulty. pathogens.e. Kinetic Energy: The ability of an object to do work by virtue of its motion. Insoluble Compounds: Are types of compounds cannot be dissolved. Mathematically derived factor obtained from the values of calcium hardness. they may be an indicator of poor general biological quality of drinking water. Kill=C x T: Where other factors are constant. Hydrogen Sulfide or Chlorine: These chemicals can cause olfactory fatigue.Heterotrophic Plate Count Bacteria: A broad group of bacteria including non-pathogens. Impeller: A rotating set of vanes designed to impart rotation to a mass fluid. Inorganic Contaminants: Mineral-based compounds such as metals. the movement of water. Ion Exchange: Ion exchange is an effective treatment process used to remove iron and manganese in a water supply. Iron and Manganese in water may be detected by observing the color of the of the filter media. Maintaining a free chlorine residual and regular flushing of water mains may control the growth of iron bacteria in a water distribution system. Hydrochloric and Hypochlorous Acids: Are the compounds that are formed in water when chlorine gas is introduced. Iron Fouling: You should look for an orange color on the resin and backwash water when checking an ion exchange unit for iron fouling Iron: The elements iron and manganese are undesirable in water because they cause stains and promote the growth of iron bacteria. Langelier Index: Is a measurement of Corrosivity. The water is becoming corrosive in the distribution system causing rusty water if the Langelier index indicates that the pH has decreased from the equilibrium point. Initial monitoring year: An initial monitoring year is the calendar year designated by the Department within a compliance period in which a public water system conducts initial monitoring at a point of entry. and pH at a given temperature. When iron or manganese reacts with dissolved oxygen (DO) insoluble compound are formed. Every intake structure must be constructed with consideration for operator safety and for cathodic protection. Intake Facilities: One of the more important considerations in the construction of intake facilities is the ease of operation and maintenance over the expected lifetime of the facility. Only when a water sample has been acidified then you can perform the analysis beyond the 48 hour holding time. The energy terms that are used to describe the operation of a pump are pressure and head. and opportunistic pathogens. Impervious: Not allowing. Hypochlorous and Hydrochloric Acids: Chlorine combines with water to form hypochlorous and hydrochloric acids. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 193 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Hydrophobic: Does not mix readily with water. iron and manganese exist in an oxidized state and normally precipitate into the reservoir bottom sediments. there will be black stains on the walls below the water level and a black coating over the top portion of the sand filter bed. Iron Bacteria: Perhaps the most troublesome consequence of iron and manganese in the water is they promote the growth of a group of microorganism known as Iron Bacteria. High Turbidity Causing an Increased Chlorine Demand: May occur or be caused by the inadequate disinfection of water.

Mottling: High levels of fluoride may stain the teeth of humans. Magnesium Hardness: Measure of the magnesium salts dissolved in water – it is not a factor in water balance. The tag is an identification device and the lock is a physical restraint. The two flat surfaces are of such tolerances as to prevent the passage of water between them. mg/L: Milligrams per liter. especially one that causes disease. excess lime is frequently added to remove Calcium and Magnesium Bicarbonate. Usually made of two flat surfaces. Motor: If a motor is rated for 10 amps the overload relays that should be used are 10 to 11 amps. single-celled form of life. Microbial: Any minute.300 persons and 50. Lead and Copper: Initial tap water monitoring for lead and copper must be conducted during 2 consecutive 6-month periods. Microbial Contaminants: Microscopic organisms present in untreated water that can cause waterborne diseases. MCL for Turbidity: Turbidity is undesirable because it causes health hazards. Lime: Is a chemical that may be added to water to reduce the corrosivity. And a possible result of over greasing a bearing is that there will be extreme friction in the bearing chamber. then tries to start the motor again. The flushing should be done at night and the water pressure in the distribution system must be at least 25 PSI. Motor Overload Control: The overload control on a motor has tripped and the motor has stopped running.0. the operator should check first the Motor overload control. Mechanical Seal: A mechanical device used to control leakage from the stuffing box of a pump. Calcium and magnesium become less soluble. Held in place with spring pressure. Magnetic Starter: Is a type of motor starter should be used in an integrated circuit to control flow automatically. Measure Corrosion Damage: A coupon is a strip of metal and is placed to measure corrosion damage in the distribution system in a water main. Megger: Is used to test the insulation resistance on a motor. If the MCL is exceeded. When an operator adds lime to water. Methane: Is classified as an organic compound. The hardness due to noncarbonate hardness is most likely to determine the choice between lime softening and ion exchange to remove hardness. Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs): The maximum allowable level of a contaminant that federal or state regulations allow in a public water system. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 194 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . If the motor does not start. the key to the lock-out device the key should be held by the person who is working on the equipment. Moisture: If a material is hygroscopic it must it be protected from water. Lines: Lines in the distribution system should be flushed on a regular basis.Leaching: A chemical reaction between water and metals that allows for removal of soluble materials. Lime Soda Softening: In a lime soda softening process. and the goal is not legally enforceable. if a piece of equipment is locked out. Microbiological: Is a type of analysis in which a composite sample unacceptable.000 or fewer persons. A possible cause for a mechanical noise coming from a motor is there is an unbalance of a rotating mechanical part. simple. one of which rotates on the shaft. to the pH of the water is raised to 11. The minimum hardness which can be achieved by the lime-soda ash process is 30 to 40 mg/L as calcium carbonate. This goal is not always economically or technologically feasible. In a lime softening process. An MCL for turbidity was established by the EPA because turbidity does not allow for proper disinfection. Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): The level of a contaminant at which there would be no risk to human health. Microbe. M-Endo Broth: The media shall be brought to the boiling point when preparing M-Endo broth to be used in the membrane filter test for total coliform. mL: milliliter Moisture and Potassium Permanganate: The combination of moisture and potassium permanganate produces heat. Motor 3600 rpms: Is the maximum synchronous speed of an electric motor that has a frequency of 60 Hz. Medium Water System: More than 3. An operator waits for the overload to cool. the water system must treat the water so that it meets the MCL. LOTO: In a good lock-out/tag out program.

PAC: A disadvantage of using PAC is it is very abrasive and requires careful maintenance of equipment. Notification and Safety of the Public: Is the most important concern to an owner/operator if a toxic substance contaminates a drinking water. Capacity Development Requirements for a New Public Water System. Organic Precursors: Natural or man-made compounds with chemical structures based upon carbon that. Powered activated carbon frequently used for taste and odor control because PAC is non-specific and removes a broad range of compounds. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 195 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Nitrates: A dissolved form of nitrogen found in fertilizers and sewage by-products that may leach into groundwater and other water sources. Removes tastes and odors by adsorption only. Non-carbonate Hardness: Is the portion of the total hardness in excess of the alkalinity. Oxidizing: The process of breaking down organic wastes into simpler elemental forms or by products. Normality: It is the number of equivalent weights of solute per liter of solution. Chlorine Dioxide or Chloramine O3. NO3-: Is the molecular formula of the Nitrate ion. NH3: Is the molecular formula of Ammonia. or PAC. One precautions should be taken in storing PAC is that bags of carbon should not be stored near bags of HTH. Ozone does not provide a Residual in the Distribution System: One of the major drawbacks to using ozone as a disinfectant. Ozone. O3: Is the molecular formula of ozone. NTNCWS: Non-transient non-community water system. Over time. Jar tests and threshold odor number testing determines the appli-cation rate for powdered activated carbon. NaOH: Is the molecular formula of Sodium hydroxide. and hospitals which have their own water systems. Also used to remove stain and scale. office buildings. snubbers and an air cushion chamber are examples of surging and overrange protection devices. leading to trihalomethane formation. New Public Water System: Community water systems and non-transient non-community water systems that begin operations on or after October 1. placed in rings around the shaft of a pump and used to control the leakage from the stuffing box. Nitrogen and Phosphorus: Are pairs of elements and major plant nutrients that cause algae to grow. Non-Transient. ClO2. Nitrates may also occur naturally in some waters. Non-point source pollution: Air pollution may leave contaminants on highway surfaces. Overrange Protection Devices: Mechanical dampers. upon combination with chlorine. Powdered activated carbon may be used with some success in removing the precursors of THMs Packing: Material. Nitrate and nitrite are prohibited: The Department will not grant a nitrate or nitrite waiver. 1999 must comply with Article 6. This nonpoint source pollution adversely impacts reservoir water and groundwater quality. commonly used for in a water treatment plant for taste and odor control. Also used to separate combined chlorine and convert it into free chlorine. NaOCl: Is the molecular formula of Sodium hypochlorite. Mud Balls in Filter Media: Is a possible result of an ineffective or inadequate filter backwash. Osmosis: Osmosis is the process by which water moves across a semi permeable membrane from a low concentration solute to a high concentration solute to satisfy the pressure differences caused by the solute. usually of woven fiber. Oxygen Deficient Environment: Name one of the most dangerous threats to an operator upon entering a manhole. NTU (nephelometric turbidity unit): A measure of the clarity or cloudiness of water. Oligotrophic: A reservoir that is nutrient-poor and contains little plant or animal life.MSDS: Is a safety document must an employer provide to an operator upon request. Non-Community Water System: A water system which supplies water to 25 or more of the same people at least six months per year in places other than their residences. Some examples are schools. factories. Powdered activated carbon. or NH4Cl2: These chemicals may be used as alternative disinfectants. nitrates can accumulate in aquifers and contaminate groundwater. Muriatic Acid: An acid used to reduce pH and alkalinity. NH4+: Is the molecular formula of the Ammonium ion. Noncarbonate Ions: Water contains Noncarbonate ions if it cannot be softened to a desired level through the use of lime only.

Pressure Measurement: Bourdon tube. Pathogens may contaminate water and cause waterborne disease. There are more than 170. virus or parasite that causes or is capable of causing disease. rivers and other sources to about 250 million Americans. Alkalinity and pH tell an operator with regards to coagulation how to determine the best chemical coagulant to be used. pumping station or distribution system. See Contaminated. etc. Polyphosphates: Are chemicals that may be added to remove low levels of iron and manganese. A curie is the amount of radiation released by a set amount of a certain compound. Pressure: A Bellows-type sensor reacts to a change in pressure. Public Notification: An advisory that EPA requires a water system to distribute to affected consumers when the system has violated MCLs or other regulations. Phosphate. regulators (which are a type of valve). Rinse the electrodes with distilled water should be done with the electrodes after measuring the pH of a sample with a pH meter. Prevention: To take action. Pollution: The duration of exposure to the contaminant affects the dose of a toxic contaminant in a water supply. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14 with 7 being the mid point or neutral. The pH where the Langelier Index equals zero. Pb: Is the chemical symbol of Lead. Stop something before it happens. Pump 5.000 PWSs providing water from wells. Pollution: To make something unclean or impure. Permeate: Is the term for water which has passed through the membrane of a reverse osmosis unit. A mechanical seal is the best seal to use for a pump operating under high suction head Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 196 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Pipeline Appurtenance: Pressure reducers. carbonate. Proton. The others drink water from private wells. Bellows gauge and Diaphragm are commonly used to measure pressure in waterworks systems. if any. The notice advises consumers what precautions. bends. pCi/L: Picocuries per liter. A pH of less than 7 is on the acid side of the scale with 0 as the point of greatest acid activity. valves. and hydroxide can be based on the P and T alkalinity measurement. Pneumatic systems are not reliable over transmission lines greater than 1000 feet: Is the primary characteristic which limits the use of a pneumatic data transmission system. Pump: A key and a tight fit is the common method used to secure an impeller to the shaft on doublesuction pump. pH Temperature and Chlorine dosage are the factors that influence the effectiveness of chlorination the most. pH (Power of Hydroxyl Ion Activity): A measure of the acidity of water. The definition of an acidic solution is a solution that contains a significant number of H+ ions. Pre-chlorination: The addition of chlorine to the water prior to any other plant treatment processes. Phenolphthalein /Total Alkalinity: The relationship between the alkalinity constituents bicarbonate. Pump Discharge Valve Off: Is when should a reciprocating pump or piston pump not be operated. pH of Saturation: The ideal pH for perfect water balance in relation to a particular total alkalinity level and a particular calcium hardness level. Perikinesis: Is the aggregation resulting from random thermal motion of fluid molecules. Point of Entry: POE. A picocurie is one quadrillionth of a curie. Public Water System (PWS): Any water system which provides water to at least 25 people for at least 60 days annually. Nitrate. Electron: Are the 3 fundamental particles of an atom. Potable: Good water which is safe for drinking or cooking purposes. PPM: Abbreviation for parts per million.000 to 20. An operator should calibrate the instrument with a known buffer solution before using a pH meter. Potential Energy: The energy that a body has by virtue of its position or state enabling it to do work. Peak Demand: The maximum momentary load placed on a water treatment plant. at a particular temperature. and Organic Nitrogen: Nutrients in a domestic water supply reservoir may cause water quality problems if they occur in moderate or large quantities. waterborne pathogens A pathogen is a bacterium. Non-Potable: A liquid or water that is not approved for drinking. they should take to protect their health.000 hours: Is the typical operating life of a mechanical seal. There are differing standards for PWSs of different sizes and types. A pH of more than 7 is on the basic (alkaline) side of the scale with 14 as the point of greatest basic activity.Pathogens: Disease-causing pathogens. Neutron. Pressure Head: The height to which liquid can be raised by a given pressure.

The purpose of the foot valve on a pump is that it keeps the air relief opened. Rotameter: Is the name of transparent tube with a tapered bore containing a ball is often used to measure the rate of flow of a gas or liquid. Sanitary Survey: Persons trained in public health engineering and the epidemiology of waterborne diseases should conduct the sanitary survey. chemical feeder. Safety: 2 Feet: The distance from the edge of a hole must you place the spoil from an excavation. burn. Centrifugal pumps do not generate suction unless the impeller is submerged in water. an “Underground Service Alert” center should be contacted to assist in determining the location of all underground utilities in the work area.. The viscosity decreases with most lubricants as the temperature increases. Safety Statements: A supervisor should warn an operator about the presence of a confined space by clearly posting the appropriate signage at all entries to a confined space. or destroy a person’s skin or eyes and can be either acidic or basic. Before beginning an excavation. Reservoir: An impoundment used to store water. What is the most common type of damage caused by heat generated during operation? The lubricating oil tends to break down quickly requiring frequent replacement. One disadvantage of a centrifugal pump is that it is not selfpriming. Anthracite and Garnet: Mixed media filters are composed of these three materials. A possible cause of a scored shaft sleeve is that the packing has broken down or the packing is too tight or over tightened. pipes). detect. Reagent: A substance used in a chemical reaction to measure. The importance of a detailed sanitary survey of a new water source can not be overemphasized. Runoff: Surface water sources such as a river or lake are primarily the result of natural processes of runoff. and other devices. Relay Logic: Is the name of a popular method of automatically controlling a pump. EPA requires water systems and states to take samples from source water. or from the taps of selected consumers. Sand. Depending on the regulation. Salts are Absent: Is a strange characteristic that is unique to water vapor in the atmosphere. Residual Disinfection/Protection: A required level of disinfectant that remains in treated water to ensure disinfection protection and prevent recontamination throughout the distribution system (i. Community water system. Ladders and climbing devices by inspected by a qualified individual once a year. An air compressor generates heat during the compression cycle. Rules: The objective of a vulnerability assessment is to determine weakness in the distribution or water system. equipment. non-transient non-community water system. A reciprocating pump or piston pump should not be operated with the discharge valve in the closed position. An on-site review of the water sources. The purpose of a non-regulatory sanitary survey is to identify possible biological and chemical pollutants which might affect a water supply. valve. Raw Water: Water that has not been treated in any way. transient non community water system.conditions. or produce other substances Red Water and Slime: Iron bacteria are undesirable in a water distribution system because of red water and slime complaints. examine. Recorder: A recorder that measures flow is most likely to be located anywhere in the plant where a flow must be measured and in a central location. operation. Cavitation is caused by a suction line may be clogged or is above the water line. The correct order for placing shorting equipment in a trench is starting at the top move to the bottom of the trench and reverse to remove it. Sample: The water that is analyzed for the presence of EPA-regulated drinking water contaminants. facilities. PWS: 3 types of public water systems.e. and maintenance of a public water systems for the purpose of evaluating the adequacy of the facilities for producing and distributing safe drinking water. Safe Yield: A possible consequence when the “safe yield” of a well is exceeded and water continues to be pumped from a well is land subsidence around the well will occur. from water leaving the treatment facility. The main purpose of the wear rings in a centrifugal double suction pump is that the wear rings maintain a flow restriction between the impeller discharge and suction areas. Corrosive-This type of chemical classification may weaken. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 197 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . If a pump is located above the level of water a foot valve must be provided on the suction piping to hold the prime. Two pumps of the same size can be operated alternately to equalize wear and distribute lubricant in bearings. it is generally considered to be unsafe to drink. Continuous leakage from a mechanical seal on a pump indicates that the mechanical seal needs to be replaced.

The regular use of stain prevention chemicals can prevent scale. If a plant produces a large volume of sludge. Twice a year sedimentation tanks should be drained and cleaned if the sludge buildup interferes with the treatment process. Sodium Hydroxide: Also known as caustic soda. If the level controller may be set with too close a tolerance 45 could be the cause of a control system that is frequently turning a pump on and off. Soda Ash: Chemical used to raise pH and total alkalinity (sodium carbonate). odor. Solid. Secondary Drinking Water Standards: Non-enforceable federal guidelines regarding cosmetic effects (such as tooth or skin discoloration) or aesthetic effects (such as taste. Shroud: The front and/or back of an impeller. the sludge could be dewatered. Shock: Also known as superchlorination or break point chlorination. SPADNS: The lab reagent called SPADNS solution is used in performing the Fluoride test. portable power tools and in homes. small-volume storage pond where sludge is concentrated and stored for an extended periods. agricultural drainage. appliances. Sedimentation Basin: This location is where the thickest and greatest concentration of sludge will be found. Sedimentation: The process of suspended solid particles settling out (going to the bottom of the vessel) in water. Sectional Map: Is the name of a map that provides detailed drawings of the distribution system’s zones. repaired if necessary. Centrifuges and Filter Presses: Are procedures used in the dewatering of sludge. or conditioned to decrease the volume of sludge. Sodium Bicarbonate: Commonly used to increase alkalinity of water and stabilize pH. thickened. Split Flow Control System: This type of control system is to control the flow to each filter influent which is divided by a weir. or color) of drinking water. Sodium Bisulfate: Chemical used to lower pH and total alkalinity (dry acid). and disinfected. Hard insoluble minerals deposited (usually calcium bicarbonate) which forms on pool and spa surfaces and clog filters. Ridding a water of organic waste through oxidization by the addition of significant quantities of a halogen. Sludge Basins: After cleaning sludge basins and before returning the tanks into service the tanks should be inspected. and type of coagulant used are the most important factors which determine the amount of sludge produced in a treatment of water. or a spill. SOC: A common way for a synthetic organic chemical such as dioxin to be introduced to a surface water supply is from an industrial discharge. small motors.Sanitizer: A disinfectant or chemical which disinfects (kills bacteria). heaters and pumps. Solar Drying Beds. Overfeeding must be prevented to protect public health when using a fluoridation system. Some times we call these quarter-sections. Chemical often used to soften water. the result of unbalanced water. Sludge Reduction: Organic polymers are used to reduce the quantity of sludge. Scale is caused by high calcium hardness and/or high pH. a by-product chlorine generation and often used to raise pH. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 198 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Sensor: A float and cable system are commonly found instruments that may be used as a sensor to control the level of liquid in a tank or basin. Turbidity of source water. Saturator: A device which produces a fluoride solution for the fluoride process. 130 degrees F is the maximum temperature that transmitting equipment is able to with stand. Crystal-grade types of sodium fluoride should be fed with a saturator. Scale: Crust of calcium carbonate. Softening Water: When the water has a low alkalinity it is advantageous to use soda ash instead of caustic soda for softening water. Liquid. Single Phase Power: Is the type of power is used for lighting systems. Solar Drying Beds or Lagoons: Are shallow. Saturation Index: See Langelier's Index. Vapor: 3 forms of matter. SCADA: A remote method of monitoring pumps and equipment. Softening: The process that removes the ions which cause hardness in water. Scroll and Basket: Are the two basic types of centrifuges used in water treatment. Small Water System: 3. kills algae and oxidizes organic matter.300 or fewer persons. dosage.

Stuffing Box: That portion of the pump that houses the packing or mechanical seal. Equalization storage is the volume of water needed to supply the system for periods when demand exceeds supply. Tapping Valve: Is the name of the valve that is specifically designed for connecting a new water main to an existing main that is under pressure. Telemetering: The use of a transmission line with remote signaling to monitor a pumping station or motors. Surface Water: Water that is open to the atmosphere and subject to surface runoff. TDS: Ion exchange is an effective treatment process used to remove iron and manganese in a water supply. ionized or micro-granular (colloidal sol) suspended form. Sterilized Glassware: Is the only type of glassware that should be used in testing for coliform bacteria. Three-phase Motor: The incoming leads for a three-phase motor all have power. Anaerobic water undesirable for drinking water purposes because of color and odor problems are more likely to occur under these conditions. generally. Conditioning. although TDS is generally considered not as a primary pollutant (e. Time for Turbidity Breakthrough and Maximum Head Loss: Are the two factors which determine whether or not a change in filter media size should be made. Demineralization may be necessary in a treatment process if the water has a very high value Total Dissolved Solids. TDS-Total Dissolved Solids: is an expression for the combined content of all inorganic and organic substances contained in a liquid which are present in a molecular. Spring Pressure: Is what maintains contact between the two surfaces of a mechanical seal. the chemical reaction rate decreases also. Sulfate: Will readily dissolve in water to form an anion. Thickening. it is a common groundwater contaminant. a water storage tank’s interior coating (paint) protect the interior about 3-5 years. lakes. rivers. The principal application of TDS is in the study of water quality for streams. rivers and lakes. Temperature: This test should be performed immediately in the field. it is not deemed to be associated with health effects). when the temperature decreases.g. Taste and Odor Problems in the Water: May happen if sludge and other debris are allowed to accumulate in a water treatment plant. Sum of all the Atomic Weights of the Elements in a Molecule: Is the molecular weight of a compound. The rate decreases: In general. Stationing: The word stationing on a plan drawing refers to a representation of a location from a starting point or reference. Total dissolved solids are normally only discussed for freshwater systems. since salinity comprises some of the ions constituting the definition of TDS. When determining the total dissolved solids. Generally. This process is ideal as long as the water does not contain a large amount of TDS. a grab sample. Susceptibility Waiver: A waiver that is granted based upon the results of a vulnerability assessment. but it is rather used as an indication of aesthetic characteristics of drinking water and as an aggregate indicator of presence of a broad array of chemical contaminants. a sample should be filtered before being poured into an evaporating dish and dried. Surface Water Sources: Surface water sources such as a river or lake are primarily the result of Runoff. Taste and Odors: The primary purpose to use potassium permanganate in water treatment is to control taste and odors. TCE. and emergency storage. Three-Phase Pumps: Large three-phase pumps employs the use of a magnetic starter. Titration: Method of testing by adding a reagent of known strength to a water sample until a specific color change indicates the completion of the reaction. A stoneline or benchmark. You will see white smoke if there is a leak. Standpipe: A water tank that is taller than it is wide. and Dewatering: Are common processes that are utilized to reduce the volume of sludge. streams. equalization storage.Spray Bottle of Ammonia: An operator should use ammonia to test for a chlorine leak around a valve or pipe. Storage Tanks: Three types of water usage that determine the volume of a storage tank are fire suppression storage. Generally the operational definition is that the solids (often abbreviated TDS) must be small enough to survive filtration through a sieve size of two micrometres. Can be used to accomplish accurate and reliable remote monitoring and control over a long distribution system. Supernatant: Is the liquid layer which forms above the sludge in a settling basin. trichloroethylene: A solvent and degreaser used for many purposes. for example dry cleaning. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 199 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

These systems do not have to test or treat their water for contaminants which pose long-term health risks because fewer than 25 people drink the water over a long period. the higher the total alkalinity. Tubercles: The creation of this condition is of the most concern regarding corrosive water effects on a water system. the greater the resistance to pH change. Generally. Transient Non-community Water System: Is not required to sample for VOC’s.e. High levels of turbidity may interfere with proper water treatment and monitoring. Total Dissolved Solids (TDS): The accumulated total of all solids that might be dissolved in water. and bromoform. Turbidity Interferes with Disinfection: The primary reason turbidity of water be minimized. causing electro-chemical reactions. Turbidimeter is best suited to perform this measurement. the temperature variation of a sample. Like iron to copper pipe. A measure of the cloudiness of water caused by suspended particles. The following conditions may cause an inaccurate measure of turbidity. This agency sets federal regulations which all state and local agencies must enforce. Trihalomethanes (THM): Four separate compounds including chloroform. it is primarily transported in steel containers. Turbidity is undesirable because it causes health hazards. Under Pressure in Steel Containers: After chlorine gas is manufactured. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 200 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . We have all seen these little rust mounds inside cast iron pipe.Titration: Is the common method of standardization of a solution determination in the lab. Unit Filter Run Volume (UFRV): Is one of the most popular ways to compare filter runs. there will be a reduction in water treatment costs. See TDS. measure of its resistance to a change in pH. a scratched or unclean sample tube in the nephelometer and selecting an incorrect wavelength of a light path U. Valve 20 or 30 Feet Per Inch: Is the typical scale of a Valve and Hydrant map using an intersection method of indexing. Tubercles are formed due to joining dissimilar metals. VOC’s: The reporting limit for all regulated VOC’s is 0. VOC waiver that a public water system using groundwater could receive: The longest term VOC waiver that a public water system using groundwater could receive is 9 years. They still must test their water for microbes and several chemicals. i. dichlorobromom-ethane. Velocities can be increased to a point that a partial vacuum is created. Non-Community Water System: A water system which provides water in a place such as a gas station or campground where people do not remain for long periods of time. This characteristic of water changes the most rapidly after a heavy rainfall. Venturi: If water flows through a pipeline at a high velocity. dibromochloromethane. Vane: That portion of an impeller that throws the water toward the volute. See Disinfectant Byproducts.0005 mg/L. Transient. Total Alkalinity: A measure of the acid-neutralizing capacity of water that indicates its buffering ability. the pressure in the pipeline is reduced. Volatile Organic Chemical: VOC. This technique is the best way to compare water treatment filter runs. Valves: A gate valve should be operated in any position between fully open and fully closed. the velocity head will vary indirectly as the pipe diameter varies. Turbidity: One physical characteristic of water. Toxic substance contaminates a drinking water: Public Safety is the most important concern should an owner/operator allow a toxic substance to contaminate a drinking water. For a given quantity of flow. Velocity Head: The vertical distance a liquid must fall to acquire the velocity with which it flows through the piping system. The most common class of disinfection by-products created when chemical disinfectants react with organic matter in water during the disinfection process. It must meet or surpass all drinking water standards to be considered safe to drink. this agency responsible for setting drinking water standards and for ensuring their enforcement. Environmental Protection Agency: In the United States. If high quality raw water is low in turbidity. Turbidimeter: Monitoring the filter effluent turbidity on a continuous basis with an in-line instrument is a recommended practice.S. Treated Water: Disinfected and/or filtered water served to water system customers. An MCL for turbidity established by the EPA because turbidity interferes with disinfection. The cloudy appearance of water caused by the presence of tiny particles.

typhoid fever. radiological. The three main classifications of water meters are Compound. A positive bacteriological sample indicates the presence of bacteriological contamination. Water hammer exerts tremendous force on a system and can be highly destructive. Water Level: The probe may be coated by calcium carbonate is a common problem with an electrical probe that is used to measure the level of water. Water Hammer: A surge in a pipeline resulting from the rapid increase or decrease in water flow. Water Purveyor: The individuals or organization responsible to help provide. Physical.Voltage: 1. Water Vapor: A characteristic is unique to water vapor in the atmosphere is does not contain salts. bacterium. Displacement.000 volts is the maximum number of volts that electrical equipment can be insulated with a lower limit of 1 megaohm. gastroenteritis). Peak day demand is the greatest amount of water used for any one day in a calendar year. Watershed: An area that drains all of its water to a particular water course or body of water. Water Meter: A water meter that is removed from service for repair should be handled by sealing the meter to retain water. Course Proctor Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 201 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .. protozoan. The land area from which water drains into a stream. Water Meter: Head loss may occur with the use of a water meter. Water Quality: Name the 4 broad categories of water quality. Waterborne Diseases: A disease.g. biological. Jerry Durbin. Volute: The spiral-shaped casing surrounding a pump impeller that collects the liquid discharge by the impeller. capable of being transmitted by water (e. and furnish quality water to a community. caused by a virus. Velocity. chemical. or other microorganism. Pathogens are disease causing organisms such as bacteria and viruses. river. Source water monitoring for lead and copper be preformed when a public water system exceeds an action level for lead of copper. supply. amoebic dysentery. cholera. Vulnerability Assessment: An evaluation of drinking water source quality and its vulnerability to contamination by pathogens and toxic chemicals. or reservoir. Waivers: Monitoring waivers for nitrate and nitrite are prohibited.

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liquid Al(OH)3 AL2(SO4)3 . 14(H2O) NH3 NH4 Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 203 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . 5H2O NHCl2 FeCl3 Fe(OH)3 Fe2(SO4)3 Fe(HCO3)2 Fe(OH)3 FeSO4.Common Water Treatment and Distribution Chemicals Chemical Name Common Name Chemical Formula Aluminum hydroxide Aluminum sulfate Ammonia Ammonium Bentonitic clay Calcium bicarbonate Calcium carbonate Calcium chloride Calcium Hypochlorite Calcium hydroxide Calcium oxide Calcium sulfate Carbon Carbon dioxide Carbonic acid Chlorine gas Chlorine Dioxide Copper sulfate Dichloramine Ferric chloride Ferric hydroxide Ferric sulfate Ferrous bicarbonate Ferrous hydroxide Ferrous sulfate Hydrofluorsilicic acid Hydrochloric acid Hydrogen sulfide Hypochlorus acid Magnesium bicarbonate Magnesium carbonate Magnesium chloride Magnesium hydroxide Magnesium dioxide Manganous bicarbonate Manganous sulfate Monochloramine Potassium bicarbonate Potassium permanganate Muriatic acid Copperas Iron sulfate Iron chloride Blue vitriol HTH Slaked Lime Unslaked (Quicklime) Gypsum Activated Carbon Limestone Bentonite Ca(HCO3)2 CaCO3 CaCl2 Ca(OCl)2 . 4H2O Ca(OH)2 CaO CaSO4 C CO2 H2CO3 Cl2 ClO2 CuSO4 .7H20 H2SiF6 HCl H2S HOCL Mg(HCO3)2 MgCO3 MgCl2 Mg(OH)2 MgO2 Mn(HCO3)2 MnSO4 NH2Cl KHCO3 KMnO4 Alum.

Chemical Name Sodium carbonate Sodium chloride Sodium chlorite Sodium fluoride Sodium fluorsilicate Sodium hydroxide Sodium hypochlorite Sodium Metaphosphate Sodium phosphate Sodium sulfate Sulfuric acid Common Name Soda ash Salt Chemical Formula Na2CO3 NaCl NaClO2 NaF Na2SiF6 Lye Hexametaphosphate Disodium phosphate NaOH NaOCl NaPO3 Na3PO4 Na2SO4 H2SO4 Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 204 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

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Common Used Products Chemical Name acetone acid of sugar alcohol. alum chrome. grain alcohol. wood alum alumina antichlor aqua ammonia aqua regia aqua fortis aromatic spirit of ammonia asbestos aspirin baking soda banana oil (artificial) benzol bichloride of mercury black copper oxide black lead bleaching powder blue vitriol bluestone borax brimstone brine butter of antimony butter of tin calomel carbolic acid carbonic acid gas caustic potash caustic soda chalk Chile saltpeter chrome. yellow copperas cream of tartar crocus powder emery powder Epsom salts ethanol fluorspar formalin French chalk galena Glauber's salt gypsum hydrocyanic acid hypo (photography) lime dimethyl ketone oxalic acid ethyl alcohol methyl alcohol aluminum potassium sulfate aluminum oxide sodium thiosulfate aqueous solution of ammonium hydroxide nitrohydrochloric acid nitric acid ammonia in alcohol magnesium silicate acetylsalicylic acid sodium bicarbonate isoamyl acetate benzene mercuric chloride cupric oxide graphite (carbon) chlorinated lime copper sulfate copper sulfate sodium borate sulfur aqueous sodium chloride solution antimony trichloride anhydrous stannic chloride mercury chloride phenol carbon dioxide potassium hydroxide sodium hydroxide calcium carbonate sodium nitrate chromic potassium sulfate lead (VI) chromate ferrous sulfate potassium bitartrate ferric oxide impure aluminum oxide magnesium sulfate ethyl alcohol natural calcium fluoride aqueous formaldehyde solution natural magnesium silicate natural lead sulfide sodium sulfate natural calcium sulfate hydrogen cynanide sodium thiosulfate solution calcium oxide Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 207 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

black methanol methylated spirits muriatic acid oil of vitriol oil of wintergreen (artificial) Paris green Paris white pear oil (artificial) pearl ash plaster of Paris plumbago potash potassa Prussic acid pyro quicklime quicksilver red lead Rochelle salt rouge.Common Used Products limewater lunar caustic magnesia mercury oxide. jeweler's rubbing alcohol sal ammoniac sal soda salt. table salt of lemon salt of tartar saltpeter silica soda ash soda lye soluble glass spirit of hartshorn sugar. table talc or talcum vinegar vitamin C washing soda water glass Chemical Name aqueous solution of calcium hydroxide silver nitrate magnesium oxide mercurous oxide methyl alcohol methyl alcohol hydrochloric acid sulfuric acid methyl salicylate copper acetoarsenite powdered calcium carbonate isoamyl acetate potassium carbonate calcium sulfate graphite potassium carbonate potassium hydroxide hydrogen cyanide tetrasodium pyrophosphate calcium oxide mercury lead tetraoxide potassium sodium tartrate ferric oxide isopropyl alcohol ammonium chloride sodium carbonate sodium chloride potassium binoxalate potassium carbonate potassium nitrate silicon dioxide sodium carbonate sodium hydroxide sodium silicate ammonium hydroxide solution sucrose magnesium silicate impure dilute acetic acid ascorbic acid sodium carbonate sodium silicate Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 208 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

in)2 (Distance.) = Length X Width Volume (cu.32) X 5/9 CONCENTRATION: Conc.31 Feet of Water 1 Foot of Water = .ft) = Length (ft) X Width (ft) X Height (ft) CIRCLE: Area (sq.13 Feet of Water = 1 Inch of Mercury 454 Grams = 1Pound 1 Gallon of Water = 8.Math Conversion Factors 1 PSI = 2.785 Liters = 1Gallon 231 Cubic Inches = 1 Gallon 7. (A) X Volume (A) = Conc.1 mg/L = 1 Grain/Gallon 1% = 10. ft.) = 3.7 Pounds = 1 Cubic Foot Dimensions SQUARE: Area (sq.48 Gallons = 1 Cubic Foot 64. Ft.746 kW = 1 Horsepower LENGTH 12 Inches = 1 Foot 3 Feet = 1 Yard 5280 Feet = 1 Mile AREA 144 Square Inches = 1 Square Foot 43.433 PSI 1.14 X Radius (ft) X Radius (ft) X Depth (ft) SPHERE: (3.) = 3.34 lbs/gallon 1 mg/L = 1 PPM 17.560 Square Feet – 1 Acre VOLUME 1000 Milliliters = 1 Liter 3. in) Height.000 mg/L 694 Gallons per Minute = MGD 1.14 X Radius (ft) X Radius (ft) CYLINDER: Volume (Cu.14 X Diameter General POUNDS = Concentration (mg/L) X Flow (MG) X 8.55 Cubic Feet per Second = 1 MGD 60 Seconds = 1 Minute 1440 Minutes = 1 Day . ft.14) (Diameter)3 (6) Circumference = 3.34 Percent Efficiency = In – Out X 100 In TEMPERATURE: 0 0 F = (0C X 9/5) + 32 C = (0F . (B) X Volume (B) FLOW RATE (Q): Q = A X V (Quantity = Area X Velocity) FLOW RATE (gpm): Flow Rate (gpm) = 2. in % SLOPE = Rise (feet) X 100 Run (feet) Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 209 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .83 (Diameter.

gal) FLUORIDE ION PURITY = (Molecular weight of Fluoride) (100%) (%) Molecular weight of Chemical INJURY FREQUENCY RATE = (Number of Injuries) 1. mg/L) Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 210 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . X Motor Eff.5 X (Ca.12 (Mg. %) + (Volume 2.000. gal) + (Volume 2. gal) (Strength 2. MEAN OR AVERAGE = Sum of the Values Number of Values TOTAL HEAD (ft) = Suction Lift (ft) X Discharge Head (ft) SURFACE LOADING RATE = Flow Rate (gpm) (gal/min/sq.000 Number of hours worked per year DETENTION TIME (hrs) = Volume of Basin (gals) X 24 hrs Flow (GPD) BY-PASS WATER (gpd) = Total Flow (GPD) X Plant Effluent Hardness (gpg) Filtered Hardness (gpg) Hardness HARDNESS (mg/L as CaCO3) = A (mls of titrant) X 1000 Mls of Sample Ca HARDNESS as mg/L CaCo3 = 2.ft) Surface Area (sq.%) STRENGTH (%) (Volume 1. gal) (Strength 1. mg/L) Mg HARDNESS as mg/L CaCo3 = 4.) X Diameter (in) VELOCITY = Distance (ft) Time (Sec) WATER HORSEPOWER = Flow (gpm) X Head (ft) 3960 BRAKE HORSEPOWER = Flow (gpm) X Head (ft) 3960 X Pump Efficiency MOTOR HORSEPOWER = Flow (gpm) X Head (ft) 3960 X Pump Eff. ft) MIXTURE = (Volume 1.ACTUAL LEAKAGE = Leak Rate (GPD) Length (mi.

ft) (gpm) FILTRATION RATE = Flow Rate (gpm) (gpm/sq. ft) Filter Area (sq./gal 17. ft) Surface Area (sq.ALKALINITY-TOTAL = Mls of Titrant X Normality X 50.) DESIRED PAC = Volume (MG) X Dose (mg/L) X 8. ft) 2.pHs Chemical Addition CHEMICAL FEED RATE = Chemical Feed (ml/min) (gpm) 3785 ml/gal CHLORINE DOSE (mg/L) = Chlorine Demand (mg/L) + Chlorine Residual (mg/L) POLYMER % = Dry Polymer (lbs./MG) 1 MG PAC (lbs.34 (lbs.63 (Slope) 0.) Dry Polymer (lbs.75 (Diameter.1 mg/L LANGELIER INDEX = pH .) C Factor Slope = Energy Loss. GPM 193. ft. ft) X Backwash Rate (gpm/sq.) + Water (lbs.) BACKWASH PUMPING RATE = Filter Area (sq. ft Flow. ft.785 (1/gallon) 1000 (mg/g) X 454 (g/lb.) X Removal Capacity HARDNESS TO GRAIN/GALLON = Hardness (mg/L) X gr.) Filtration FILTRATION RATE = Flow Rate (gpm) (gpm/sq./gal) = PAC (mg/L) X 3.54 Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 211 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . ft Distance.000 (mg/L) Mls of Sample EXCHANGE CAPACITY (grains) = Resin Volume (cu. ft.

Colorado.D. ed. Second Edition Principles and Practices of Water Supply Operations. C.We have over 40 other continuing education correspondence courses available. 1996. Littleton. Morelli. Basic Principles of Water Treatment. Tall Oaks Publishing Inc. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 212 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . References Water Treatment.

Introduction Water is an integral part of life.com and download the assignment and e mail it back to TLC. life would not survive. Large raw water impoundment Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 213 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . please email all concerns and the completed manual to info@tlch2o. Not only do we expect water to flow.ABCTLC. Without it. bathe and have fun in. and how we mimic the purification processes by the use of mechanical and chemical applications. we expect water to flow. A score of 70 % is necessary to pass this course.com. You will have 90 days from receipt of this manual to complete in order to receive your Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Please include your name and address on your manual and make copy for yourself. You can also find complete assistance under the Assistance Page. but if you are unable to do so. please visit www. you will learn how the water has made a trip through the hydrologic cycle. we expect that water to be clean and tasty too. If you should need any assistance. type out your own answer key. So often. We use water to drink. the types of source water that is available. I would prefer that you write out your own answer on the provided manual. when we turn on the water faucet. irrigate. In this course.Water Treatment Assignment The Water Treatment Assignment is available in Word on the Internet for your Convenience. Living in the United States. we turn on the faucet and use the water without thinking about the miraculous trip that each drop of water has taken to get to that faucet.

Percolation: 5. The Hydrologic Cycle The water on the planet today is the same water that has been on the planet since the beginning. A. C.ABCTLC. Another term used for plants giving off moisture would be: Condensation Precipitation Percolation Transpiration Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 214 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . These processes are nature’s way of purifying the water. it goes through many processes. instead the water cycles from one place to another. Evaporation: 6. please visit www. Precipitation: 2.com and download the assignment and e mail it back to TLC. As the water cycles. D. B.The Water Treatment Assignment is available in Word on the Internet for your Convenience. Give a brief definition of the listed components of the water cycle. 1. Infiltration: 4. The planet never gets any new water. Runoff: 3. The water that you drank today most likely has been drunk before many years ago.

Radiological E. True B. Evolutional 10. 8. they need to know the source of your problem so they can properly treat it. The same is true when treating water. As water moves over or below the earth surface the quality of the water is classified as the following EXCEPT for: A. list the physical characteristics of water. they are: Source of Water When you go see your doctor due to illness. Chemical D. A. The hydrological cycle shows several attributes of the earth purifying and moving water. In the space provided below. To simplify this.7. we will focus on two categories of source water. There are three basic types of water rights. False 9. Biological C. Physical B. A porous material just above the water table describes this source to be surface water. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 215 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . Ground Water and Surface Water.

Managing Water Quality at the Source 11. In this lesson, you will focus on surface water and the different factors that affect the quality of the water. Many populations have depended on lakes as a source of impounded domestic water supplies. As population increases, list below brief examples of how the supplies are being used?

12. Several common water quality problems in domestic water supply reservoirs may be related to algae blooms. Which of the following summarizes the problems that can occur? A. Taste and odor problems B. Short filter runs at the plant do to clogging C. Increased pH D. Dissolved oxygen depletion E. All of the above Define the following terms: 13. Anaerobic:

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15. During the winter months, which condition is most likely to occur do to cold water conditions on the bottom of the lake? A. Anaerobic B. Aerobic 16. The presence of hydrogen sulfide will produce which type of odor: A. Earthy B. Fishy C. Rotten egg D. Roses 17. What is the definition for Oxidation?

18. What does MCL stand for? A. Maximum Containment Level B. Minimum Contaminant Level C. Maximum Can-drink Level D. Maximum Contaminant Level 19. Which Federal Act would you find the MCL for drinking water? A. SDWA B. OSHA C. NEPDES D. CWA 20. Lakes and reservoirs have intake-outlet structures. In the space provided below, list types of structures and/or screens.

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Coagulation and Flocculation 21. Surface water for domestic use will have some form of impurities. It can be in the form of INORGANIC materials or ORGANIC materials. Given the following illustrations, determine if they are Inorganic or Organic. A. Salt is ____ B. Oxygen is ____ C. Dirt is ____ D. Tree leaves are ____ 22. Which statement describes COLLOIDAL matter? A. Solids that sink to the bottom of a lake B. Solids that are invisible C. Solids that float to the top D. Solids that are very small and repel each other 23. The purpose of using the Coagulation and Flocculation process is to remove the particulate impurities in the water. Which of the two would you use the addition of chemicals? A. Coagulation B. Flocculation 24. What is the purpose of flash mixing? A. Using lightning to shock the water B. To mix the chemical slowly C. To mix the chemical in the water rapidly to prevent clumps D. None of the above 25. List four primary coagulants used in water treatment. A. B. C. D.

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26. Which type of laboratory analysis best simulates the plant process to determine the coagulant dosage? A. Temperature B. pH C. Turbidity D. Jar Test E. Alkalinity 27. Flocculation and Flash Mixing are the same process. A. True B. False 28. Flocculation is a slow stirring process that causes the gathering together of small, coagulated particles into larger, settleable floc particles. A. True B. False 29. What is the advantage of minimizing chemical coagulant doses? A. Less sludge is produced and chemical cost are reduced B. Shorter settling times C. Shorter filter runs D. Big clumps floating to the top 30. What is short-circuiting?

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32. List some sedimentation basin components.Sedimentation We used the term PRECIPITATION in the hydrological cycle. B. B. The impurities precipitate and settle to the bottom. 34. List possible shapes for a sedimentation basin. B. It gives us a fancy word for RAIN. C. 33. Give two reasons for this. A cloud forms and rain begins to FALL towards the earth. A. A. Depending on the quality of the source water. The same happens to the impurities we coagulated and flocculated. C. What is the definition for Detention Time? Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 220 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . some plants have Pre-Sedimentation. D. 31. This is done in SEDIMENTATION basins. A.

what will happen to the detention time? A. Sludge concentration is too high D. None of the above 36. Sludge concentration is too low C. Failure to properly maintain the sludge discharge line B. This stuff belongs at the wastewater plant Vertical Turbine Pump Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 221 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . What does frequent clogging of the sludge discharge line indicate? A. It will increase C. It will remain the same B. It will decrease D. If a sedimentation basin sludge depth increases.35.

False Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 222 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . List four desirable characteristics of filter media. True B. A. Silts and clay B. False 42. 40. at least once per day. Evaluation of overall filtration process performance should be conducted on a routine basis. D. The more uniform the media. A. The filtration process removes which type of particles? A. True B. Floc E. C. the faster the head loss buildup. B. Like a coffee filter that keeps the grounds out of the pot. What is the major difference between a Direct Filtration Plant and a Conventional Plant? 38. True B. In the treatment plant we use a mechanical straining for removal. 37. Biological forms D. A. Colloids C. There are to classifications of filtration plants. A. Poor chemical treatment can often result in either early turbidity breakthrough or rapid head loss buildup. False 41. Direct filtration and Conventional. All of the above 39.Filtration Filtration is the last attempt in removing particulate impurities from the water.

What does S.T. MGD D.43. GPM B. 45.R. C. list three types: A. GPM/sq ft C. Filter media provides several characteristics. Give a brief description of a DECLINING-RATE filter. 46.W. How are filter production rates measured? A. B. MGD/sq ft 44. stand for? Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 223 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 .

Which of the following pathogens are waterborne diseases? A. A. True B. False Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 224 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . B. None of the above 48. True B. You can use regular pipe fittings when making connections with chlorine containers. Giardia lamblia D. When the temperature increases. Shingella B. True B. False 53. Both A & C E. C. Nitrates C. A. False 51. Floc B. Hepatitis B C. Moisture in a chlorination system will combine with the chlorine gas and cause corrosion. THM's D.Disinfection 47. the pressure of the chlorine gas inside a chlorine container will decrease. True B. 49. Turbidity 50. A. A. List three benefits of prechlorination. A. False 52. A. False 54. What does organic matter form when it reacts with chlorine? A. Always work in pairs when looking and repairing chlorine leaks. Hypochlorite compounds tend to lower the pH of the water being disinfected. True B.

The warmer the water. Which of the following chemical must be present for a breakpoint chlorination curve to develop when chlorine is added to water? A. Iron B. use water to dilute it. Organic matter 58. What formula would you use to calculate the chlorine feed in pounds per day? Chlorine Gas Windsock Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 225 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . A. When a chlorine leak exist. What does the product of C x T provide a measure of? A.55. The warmer the water the less dissipation rate of chlorine to the atmosphere C. Manganese D. Threat of THM formation 59. Rate of chloramine formation C. Level of disinfectant intensity B. True B. Ammonia C. False 56. The lower the water temperature the easier to disinfect the water B. Degree of pathogenic inactivation D. How do water temperature conditions influence the effectiveness of chlorine as a disinfectant? A. The higher the temperature the easier to disinfect the water D. the longer contact time needed 57.

G. What is the maximum rate of chlorine removal in a 150 pound cylinder? Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 226 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . A. H. 62. Give a brief description for the use of a fusible plug in a steel cylinder. E. List eight parts that are used for a chlorinator.60. B. D. F. C. 61.

How are probes used in the disinfection process? A. Back pressure C. Missing gasket 64. Acid corrosion of joints B. They accurately measure chlorine dosage B. They provide a direct measure of the disinfecting power of the disinfectant D.63. They quickly measure and record chlorine residual E. All of the above Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 227 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . What is the most probable cause of leaking joints in gas chlorinator systems? A. Gas pressure to high D. They measure the liquid chlorine remaining in a chlorine container C.

pH is low C. 10 PDHs or 1 CEU or 10 Training Credits. Temperature E. you will receive a certificate for 10 Contact Hours. Which of the following factors influence chlorine disinfection? A. Microorganisms B.65. You will not receive your answer key back.00 renewal fee. You have 90 days to successfully complete this course or you will have to pay a $25. Why will the engines of emergency vehicles quit operating in the vicinity of a large chlorine leak? A. If you successfully pass this course. Please make a copy for yourself. Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 228 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . pH C. Make a copy of all of your work. All the above 66. Too far gone to look back and see why When you are finished. Lack of oxygen D. I would prefer that the completed booklet or a typed page is mailed back to TLC. Reducing agents D. Corrosion damage from chlorine B.

Very Similar 0 1 2 3 4 5 Very Different 4. ______________________________________________________________________ Water Treatment 8/13/2006 ©TLC 229 (928) 468-0665 Fax (928) 468-0675 . What would you do to improve the Course? ______________________________________________________________________ Any other concerns or comments.Please mail this with your final exam WATER TREATMENT COURSE CUSTOMER SERVICE RESPONSE CARD DATE:________________ NAME:_________________________________ SOCIAL SECURITY ______________ ADDRESS:___________________________________________________________ E-MAIL_________________________________PHONE_______________________ PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM BY CIRCLING THE NUMBER OF THE APPROPRIATE ANSWER IN THE AREA BELOW. Very Easy 0 1 2 3 4 5 5 Very Difficult Very Difficult 2. Please rate the difficulty of your course. How did you hear about this Course?__________________________________ 5. Please rate the difficulty of the testing process. Very Easy 0 1 2 3 4 3. 1. Please rate the subject matter on the exam to your actual field or work.

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