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dc.contributor.authorParks, Jeffrey Len_US
dc.description.abstractThe chemistry, analysis, treatment, and occurrence of boron and chromium are of high interest since they are under consideration for revised MCLs in potable water. As a starting point to guide regulatory decision-making, a comprehensive review of boron in relation to potable water was undertaken. That work demonstrated that there were not proven cost-effective options for boron treatment.

In preparation for a national survey of boron and chromium occurrence, it was discovered that existing analytical protocols sometimes '"missed" much of the total chromium that was present in water. It was determined that this was due to incomplete dissolution of particulates during routine Standard Method analysis of drinking water at pH 2.0. A more rigorous hydroxylamine digestion was developed and applied to circumvent this limitation.

In relation to treatment, it was determined that sodium carbonate softening at pH 10.3 is a viable method of removing various inorganic contaminants including chromium from drinking water sources. The nationwide survey revealed that removals varied widely and were dependent on solution composition. Median removal of chromium was 92%. Linear and nonlinear empirical models were fit to crudely estimate the removal of various contaminants in the presence of other elements that are typically removed in the softening process (i.e. calcium, magnesium, silicon, iron, and aluminum). Boron was removed to a much lesser extent (median removal 2%) in this study, consistent with the general result of the literature review that enhanced treatments will be required for this contaminant.

Modified precipitative softening was examined as a potentially attractive option to remove boron from natural waters. It was discovered that in some cases when magnesium and silicon were present, and if the pH was 10.8 ± 0.2, very high levels of boron removal (up to 90%) could be achieved versus 10% typically observed for conventional processes. This can be exploited to remove boron in waters naturally containing high levels of magnesium and silicon, or by adding supplemental amounts of either magnesium or silicon when one constituent is deficient.

dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectwater treatmenten_US
dc.titleSorption of Boron and Chromium Onto Solids of Environmental Significance: Implications for Sampling and Removal in Water Treatmenten_US
dc.contributor.departmentCivil Engineeringen_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairEdwards, Marc A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWiddowson, Mark A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDietrich, Andrea M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEick, Matthew J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberVikesland, Peter J.en_US

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