Effectiveness of Trihalomethane (THM) Precursors Removal in Groundwater Using Coagulant-Disinfectant

  • Nurul Hana Mokhtar Kamal

Abstract

Trihalomethanes (THMs) is a disinfection byproduct (DBP) which forms when disinfectants react with natural organic matter (NOM) in treated drinking water. The coagulation process using ferric salts was able to remove NOM, a DBP precursor, effectively. This study method included the combination of coagulants (ferric-based) with disinfectant(s), to speed up the treatment process in emergency applications. Groundwater samples were treated using either ferric sulphate or ferric chloride, and chlorine in a series of jar tests. Ferric sulphate application showed a good turbidity removal (50.51%) while UV254 removal using ferric chloride was as high as 80.76%. Most conditions at pH 5.5 formed lower THMs compared to other pH levels, although the THM level at this pH still exceeded the limit set by authorities.

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Published
06-05-2019
How to Cite
Mokhtar Kamal, N. H. (2019). Effectiveness of Trihalomethane (THM) Precursors Removal in Groundwater Using Coagulant-Disinfectant. International Journal of Integrated Engineering, 11(2). Retrieved from https://publisher.uthm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/ijie/article/view/4246