Arsenic removal by lime softening

T. Kaosol, C. Suksaroj, Henrik Bregnhøj

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    This paper focuses on the study of arsenic removal for drinking water by lime softening. The initial arsenic (V) concentration was 500 and 1,000 ug/L in synthetic groundwater. The experiments were performed as batch tests with varying lime dosages and mixing time. For the synthetic groundwater, arsenic (V) removal increased with increasing lime dosage and mixing time, as well as with the resulting pH. The residual arsenic (V) in all cases was lower than the WHO guideline of 10 ug/L at pH higher than 11.5. Kinetic of arsenic (V) removal can be described by a first-order equation as C1 = C0*e^-k*t. The relation between the constant (k value) and increasing lime dosage was found to be linear, described by k = 0.0034 (Dlime). The results support a theory from the literature that the arsenic (V) was removed by precipitation af Ca3(AsO4)2. The results obtained in the present study suggest that lime was effective in arsenic (V) removal. pH was significant as indicator for arsenic (V) removal.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2nd National Environmental Conference, January 22-24, 2002
    PublisherEnvironmental Engineering Association of Thailand, Ministry of Science Technology and Environment & Khon-Kaen University
    Publication date2002
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    EventNational Environmental Conference -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2002 → …
    Conference number: 2


    ConferenceNational Environmental Conference
    Period01/01/2002 → …


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