Application To Subsurface Treatment

The application of adsorption to contaminated groundwater remediation is not only an important subject, but one we could expand upon into several volumes unto itself. At best, all we can do is try to provide a concise overview in this volume. When we discuss this subject, we cannot separate groundwater treatment from subsurface soil treatment, as the two often go hand in hand. Furthermore, carbon adsorption is not the only technology applicable to subsurface (soil and water) remediation, but it...

Applications

Applications of carbon adsorption go far beyond conventional water treatment applications which we will discuss in a general sense shortly. Table 8 provides a summary of the key applications of carbon adsorption systems for liquid phase applications. Table 8. Liquid Phase Applications of Carbon Adsorption. Table 8. Liquid Phase Applications of Carbon Adsorption. Granular activated carbons (GAC) installed in rapid gravity filters Removal of dissolved organic contaminants, control of taste and...

Biosolids Regulations

EPA has developed comprehensive federal biosolids use and disposal regulations , which are organized in five parts. These parts are general provisions, land application, surface disposal, pathogens and vector attraction reduction, and incineration. Parts of the regulations which address standards for land application, surface disposal, and incineration practices consist of general requirements, pollutant limits, operational requirements, management practices, frequency of monitoring,...

Equipment And Operation

Ion exchange processing can be accomplished by either a batch method or a column method. In the first method, the resin and solution are mixed in a batch tank, the exchange is allowed to come to equilibrium, then the resin is separated from solution. The degree to which the exchange takes place is limited by the preference the resin exhibits for the ion in solution. Consequently, the use of the resins exchange capacity will be limited unless the selectivity for the ion in solution is far...

Filter Media Selection Criteria

Due to the wide variety of filter media, filter designs, suspension properties, conditions for separation and cost, selection of the optimum filter medium is complex. Filter media selection should be guided by the following rule a filter medium must incorporate a maximum size of pores while at the same time providing a sufficiently pure filtrate. Fulfilment of this rule invokes difficulties because the increase or decrease in pore size acts in opposite ways on the filtration rate and solids...

Fouling Considerations

A critical consideration with UF technology is the problem of fouling._Foulants interfere with UF by reducing product rates- sometimes drastically-and altering membrane selectivity. The story of a successful UF application is in many respects the story of how fouling was successfully controlled. Fouling must be considered at every step of UF process development in order to achieve success. When we talk about this subject, the term foulant or foulant layer comes to the forefront. Foulant, or...

Industrial Water And Wastewater Treatment

The markets for ozone in industrial water and wastewater treatment are quite small. Industrial applications for ozone could grow. The use of ozone for treating photoprocessing solutions is a novel application that has been limited, but might grow. In this process, silver is recovered electrolytically then the spent bleach baths of iron ferrocyanide complexes are ozonated. Iron cyanide complexes are stable to ozonation so that the ferrous iron is merely oxidized to ferric, which is its original...

Introducing The Physical Treatment Methods

The following technologies are among the most commonly used physical methods of purifying water Heat Treatment - Boiling is one way to purify water of all pathogens. Most experts feel that if the water reaches a rolling boil it is safe. A few still hold out for maintaining the boiling for some length of time, commonly 5 or 10 minutes, plus an extra minute for every 1000 feet of elevation. One reason for the long period of boiling is to inactivate bacterial spores (which can survive boiling),...

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NPDES Permit National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit is the regulatory agency document issued by either a federal or state agency which is designated to control all discharges of pollutants from point sources into U.S. waterways. NPDES permits regulate discharges into navigable waters from all point sources of pollution, including industries, municipal wastewater treatment plants, sanitary landfills, large agricultural feed lots and return irrigation flows. Nitrification An...

Principles Of Ozone Effluent Treatment

Ozone was first discovered by the Dutch philosopher Van Marun in 1785. In 1840, Schonbein reported and named ozone from the Greek word ozein, meaning to smell. The earliest use of ozone as a germicide occurred in France in 1886, when de Meritens demonstrated that diluted ozonized air could sterilize polluted water. In 1893, the first drinking water treatment plant to use ozone was constructed in Oudshorrn, Holland. Other plants quickly followed at Wiesbaden (1901) and Paderborn (1902) in...

Properties Of Ozone

Ozone is an unstable gas, having a boiling point of -112 C at atmospheric conditions. Its molecular weight is 48. Ozone is partially soluble in water (approximately 20 times more soluble than oxygen), and has a characteristic penetrating odor which is readily detectable at concentrations as low as 0.01 - 0.05 ppm. Ozone is the most powerful oxidant currently available for use for wastewater treatment. Commercial generation equipment generates ozone at concentrations of 1 percent to 3 percent in...

Rapid Sand Filtration

Rapid filtration is performed either in open gravitational flow filters or in closed pressure filters. Rapid pressure filters have the advantage of being able to be inserted in the pumping system, thus allowing use of a higher effective loading. Note that pressure filters are not subject to development of negative pressure in a lower layer of the filter. These filters generally support higher speeds, as the available pressure allows a more rapid flow through the porous medium made up by the...

Recommended Resources For The Reader

The following references offer some good general reading and design-specific 1. Cheremisinoff, P.N., Wastewater Treatment Pocket Handbook, Pudvan Publishing, Northbrook, IL, 1987. 2. Cheremisinoff, P.N., Pocket Handbook for Solid-Liquid Separations, Gulf Publishing Co., Houston, TX, 1984. 3. Noyes, R., Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering, Noyes Publishers, NJ, 1994. 4. Kirkpatrick, J., Mathematics for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, Ann Arbor Science Pub., Ann Arbor,...

Separation Using Coalescers

A coalescer achieves separation of an oily phase from water on the basis of density differences between the two fluids. These systems obviously work best with non-emulsified oils. Applications historically have been in the oil and gas industry, and hence the most famous oil water separator is the API separator (API being the abbreviation for the American Petroleum Institute). Modern-day designs are more sophisticated than the early, simple separators of a few decades ago that were introduced by...

Sludge Lagoons

This is a technique that relies both on the settling characteristics of sludge and solar evaporation. The considerable labor involved in sludge drying bed operation may be avoided by the use of sludge lagoons. These lagoons are nothing but excavated areas in which digested sludge is allowed to drain and dry over a period of months or even a year or more (refer to Figure 22 for an example). They are usually dug out by bulldozers, or other dirt-moving equipment, with the excavated material used...

Stabilization Via Anaerobic Digestion

The purpose of digestion is to attain both of the objectives of sludge treatment a reduction in volume and the decomposition of highly putrescible organic matter to relatively stable or inert organic and inorganic compounds. Additionally, anaerobic sludge digestion produces a valuable by-product in the form of methane gas (the primary constituent of natural gas, which we can burn for heat or convert to electricity). Sludge digestion is carried out in the absence of free oxygen by anaerobic...

The Drinking Water Standards

When the objective of water treatment is to provide drinking water, then we need to select technologies that are not only the best available, but those that will meet local and national quality standards. The primary goals of a water treatment plant for over a century have remained practically the same namely to produce water that is biologically and chemically safe, is appealing to the consumer, and is noncorrosive and nonscaling. Today, plant design has become very complex from discovery of...

The Final Touches To Water

< > Disinfection - water completely free of suspended sediment, is treated with a powerful oxidizing agent usually chlorine, chlorine and ammonia (chloramine), or ozone. A residual disinfectant is left in the water to prevent reinfection. Chlorine can form harmful byproducts and has suspected links to stomach cancer and miscarriages. < > pH adjustment - so that treated water leaves the plant in the desired range of 6.5 to 8.5pH units. conditioner, as well as a some fertilizer value....

The Horizontal Belt Filter

This devise consists of a continuous traveling horizontal belt that looks like a conveyor belt. Slurry is loaded at one end and vacuum is pulled on the underside of the belt. The filtrate passes through the belt and the solid cake remains on top. As the belt moves the cake is washed and dried and is then discharged off the end of the belt as is wraps around under the machine. This equipment is usually used for slurries that have solids that are not easily suspendible in solution. Although there...

The Plateandframe Filter Press

This type of filter allows pressurized filtration of a slurry mixture to remove solids. A set of filter plates is sandwiched together in series with a configuration similar to the plates on a plate-and-frame heat exchanger. After the plates are compressed together hydraulically, a channel throughout all the plates allows the slurry to be pumped into one side of each of the plates. The filtrate goes through the filter media on the plate leaving the solid cake on the media. Filtrate on the other...

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations

Before getting into the subject of sand filtration, we should first attempt to put the technologies of municipal wastewater treatment into some perspective. Wastewater treatment plants can be divided into two major types biological and physical chemical. Biological plants are more commonly used to treat domestic or combined domestic and industrial wastewater from a municipality. They use basically the same processes that would occur naturally in the receiving water, but give them a place to...

What Eletcrodialysis Is

The principle behind electrodialysis is that electrical potential gradients will make charged molecules diffuse in a given medium at rates far greater than attainable by chemical potentials between two liquids as in conventional dialysis. When a DC electric current is transmitted through a saline solution, the cations migrate toward the negative terminal, or cathode, and the anions toward the positive terminal, the anode. By adjusting the potential between the terminals or plates, the electric...

What Sludge Is

When we think of sludge, what automatically comes to mind is sewerage. Water carriage systems of sewerage provide a simple and economical means for removing offensive and potentially dangerous wastes from household and industry. The solution and suspension of solids in the transporting of water produces sewage. Thus, the role of solids and sludge removal at Sewage Treatment Plants is apparent. Sludge removal is complicated by the fact that some of the waste matters go into solution while others...

The Rotary Drum Filter

This continuous filter is used when the solids in the slurry can be easily suspended in solution and remain there. In this filter a cylindrical drum sets horizontally half submerged in a trough holding the filtration slurry. The drum is coated with a filter media and a vacuum is pulled on the inside of it. The filtrate passes through the filter media leaving the solids on the outside of the drum. The drum is rotated continuously allowing the solids to be washed and dried before they are removed...

Carbon Adsorption In Water Treatment How Adsorption Works

Activated carbon is a crude form of graphite, the substance used for pencil leads. It differs from graphite by having a random imperfect structure which is highly porous over a broad range of pore sizes from visible cracks and crevices to molecular dimensions. The graphite structure gives the carbon it's very large surface area which allows the carbon to adsorb a wide range of compounds. Activated carbon can have a surface of greater than 1000 m2 g. This means 5g of activated carbon can have...

Sample pointSample point

Configuration of column scale-up tests. It is also preferred where suspended solids create a high pressure drop, or dissolved gases create bubbles in the carbon bed. For a downflow or percolation system, an influent line should be installed at the top of the column, with an effluent at the bottom. To prevent the column from draining during operation, the effluent line from the last column should extend from the bottom of the column to above the top of the column. This will keep the...

Interhalogen Compounds And Their Properties

Interhalogen compounds are formed from two different halogens. These compounds resemble the halogens themselves in both their physical and chemical properties. Principal differences show up in their electronegativities. This is clearly shown by the polar compound IC1, which has a boiling point almost 40 C above that of bromine, although both have the same molecular weights. Interhalogens have bond energies that are lower than halogens and therefore in most cases they are more reactive. These...

The Sludge Pasteurization Process

Filter Press Sludge Treatment

This process is really sludge disinfection. Its aim is the destruction or inactivation of pathogenic organisms in the sludge. Destruction is defined as the physical disruption or disintegration of a pathogenic organism, while Inactivation is defined as the removal of a pathogen's ability to infect. In the United States procedures to reduce the number of pathogenic organisms are a requirement before sale of sludge or sludge-containing products to the public as a soil conditioner, or before...

The Pressure Leaf Filter

Diagram Agitated Nutsche Filter Dryer

This device is similar to a plate-and-frame filter press but the whole plate assembly is also housed in a tank or pressure vessel. This design allows higher pressures to be used, and also allows the filtration operation to be done more efficiently in many applications. There are two basic configurations, namely a horizontal plate and a vertical pressure leaf filter. Horizontal plate pressure filters were commonly applied to the fine chemical process industries such as antibiotics , pesticides...

Vacuum Filtration

We have already discussed this important technology in Chapter 5, but a review may be helpful in placing its importance to sludge processing into perspective. The vacuum filter for dewatering sludge is a drum over which is laid the filtering medium consisting of a cloth of cotton, wool, nylon, dynel, fiber glass or plastic, or a stainless steel mesh, or a double layer of stainless steel coil springs. The drum with horizontal axis is set in a tank with about one quarter of the drum submerged in...

Ozonated Water

Lowther Plate Ozone

A high level of gas preparation usually air is needed before ozone generation. The air must be dried to retard the formation of nitric acid and to increase the efficiency of the generation. Moisture accelerates the decomposition of ozone. Nitric acid is formed when nitrogen combines with moisture in the corona discharge. Since nitric acid will chemically attack the equipment, introduction of moist air into the unit must be avoided. Selection of the air-preparation system depends on the type of...

Chlorine Dosage Rates And Residuals

Table 3 gives recommended ranges of chlorine dosages for disinfection of various wastewaters. Recommended minimum bactericidal chlorine residuals are given in Table 4. Data in Table 4 are based on water temperatures between 20 C to 25 C after a 10-minute contact for free chlorine and a 60 minute contact for combined available chlorine. The minimum residuals required for cyst destruction and inactivation of viruses are much greater. Although chlorine residuals in Table 4 are generally adequate,...

Air Flotation Systems

Air flotation is one of the oldest methods for the removal of solids, oil amp grease and fibrous materials from wastewater. Suspended solids and oil amp grease removals as high as 99 can be attained with these processes. Air flotation is simply the production of microscopic air bubbles, which enhance the natural tendency of some materials to float by carrying wastewater contaminants to the surface of the tank for removal by mechanical skimming. Many commercially available units are packaged...

Stabilization Via Aerobic Digestion

Aerobic digestion is an extension of the activated sludge aeration process whereby waste primary and secondary sludge are continually aerated for long periods of time. In aerobic digestion the microorganisms extend into the endogenous respiration phase. This is a phase where materials previously stored by the cell are oxidized, with a reduction in the biologically degradable organic matter. This organic matter, from the sludge cells is oxidized to carbon dioxide, water and ammonia. The ammonia...