Disinfection

Conventional treatment plants use chlorination as the final treatment process to reduce bacteria concentration. Prechlorination, performed on the plant influent, is used if the incoming sewage is septic or the flows are low and the holdup time in the plant is long enough that the waste can become septic.

Prechlorination is usually at a fixed dosage, and a residual chlorine level is not maintained. Postchlorination provides 15 to 30 min detention time in a baffled, closed tank to prevent short-circuiting and dissipation of the chlorine. Wastewater treatment facilities do not frequently use chlo-

rination to reduce the BOD in the effluent. Ordinarily, a combined chlorine residual between 0.2 and 1 mg/l is the target for the final effluent.

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