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WATER CHEMISTRY

Hardness of water: Water which does not produce lather with soap solution readily, but forms a white curd, is called hard water.

Hardness in water is that characteristic, which “prevents the lathering of soap”. This is due to presence of water of certain salts of calcium, magnesium and other heavy metals dissolved in it. When hard water is treated with soap does not produce lather and forms a white scum or precipitate, due to the formation of insoluble soaps of calcium and magnesium.

2C 17 H 35 COONa Sodium stearate

+

CaCl 2

Hardness

Soap 2C 17 H 35 COONa + MgCl 2

(C 17 H 35 COO) 2 Ca + 2NaCl Calcium stearate (insoluble) (C 17 H 35 COO) 2 Mg + 2NaCl

Temporary hardness (Carbonate hardness):

It is caused by the presence of dissolved bicarbonates of calcium, magnesium and other heavy metals and carbonate of iron. Temporary hardness can be removed by boiling of water. Bicarbonates are decomposed into insoluble carbonates or hydroxides, which are deposited as a crust at the bottom of vessel on boiling the water.

Heat

Ca(HCO 3 ) 2

---------

CaCO 3

+

H 2 O

+

CO 2

Calcium bicarbonate

Calcium carbonate (insoluble)

 

Mg(HCO 3 ) 2

---------

Mg(OH) 2

+

2 CO 2

Magnesium bicarbonate

Magnesium hydroxide

Permanent hardness (Non-carbonate hardness):

It is due to the presence of chlorides and sulphates of calcium, magnesium, iron and other heavy metals. Unlike temporary hardness, permanent hardness is not destroyed on boiling.

Equivalents of calcium carbonate:

The concentration of hardness is expressed in terms of equivalent amount of CaCO 3 , since this mode permits the multiplication and division of concentration, when required. The choice of CaCO 3 in particular is due to its molecular weight is 100 (equivalent weight = 50) and moreover, it is the most insoluble salt that can be precipitated in water treatment.

Mass of hardness producing substance

The equivalents of CaCO 3 = ------------------------------------------- X 50

Units of Hardness:

Equivalent weight of hardness producing substance

  • i) parts per million (ppm): It is the part of calcium carbonate equivalent hardness per 10 6 parts of water.

ii)

i.e. 1 ppm = 1 part of CaCO 3 eq. hardness in 10 6 parts of water. Milligrams per litre (mg/L) is the number of milligrams of CaCO 3 equivalent hardness present per litre of water.

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1mg/L = 1 mg of CaCO 3 eq. hardness of 1 L of water.

But 1 L of water weighs = 1kg =1000g =1000 X 1000 mg= 10 6 mg.

Therefore, 1mg/L = 1mg of CaCO 3 eq per 10 6 mg of water.

= 1 part of CaCO 3 eq per 10 6 parts of water =1ppm

Determination of temporary & permanent hardness of water by EDTA method:

It is a complexometric method.

Ethylene diamine tetra acetic aced (EDTA):

1mg/L = 1 mg of CaCO eq. hardness of 1 L of water. But 1 L

In the form of its sodium salt yields the anion:

1mg/L = 1 mg of CaCO eq. hardness of 1 L of water. But 1 L
1mg/L = 1 mg of CaCO eq. hardness of 1 L of water. But 1 L

Which form complex ions with Ca 2+ and Mg 2+

1mg/L = 1 mg of CaCO eq. hardness of 1 L of water. But 1 L

or MY 2-

Where M= Ca or Mg.

In order to determine the equivalence point, indicator erochrome black-T or EBT (an alcoholic solution of blue dye) is employed, which form unstable wine-red complex with Ca 2+ and Mg 2+ ions. However, this indicator is effective at a pH of about

2

10. When EBT is added to hard water buffered to a pH of about 10 by employing NH 4 OH+NH 4 Cl buffer, a wine-red unstable complex is formed.

pH=10

M 2+ + EBT ----------[M-EBT] complex

So initially a wine-red coloured complex is obtained. During the course of titration against EDTA solution, EDTA combines with M 2+ (Ca 2+ or Mg 2+ ) ions form stable complex M-EDTA and releasing free EBT, which instantaneously combines with M 2+ ions still present in the solution, thereby wine-red colour is retained.

titration

[M-EBT] complex + EDTA --------[M-EDTA] complex + EBT

(Wine-red)

(Blue)

M 2+ + EBT ---------[M-EBT] complex

Blue

wine-red

However, when nearly all M 2+ ions have formed [M-EDTA] complex, then next drop of EDTA added displaces the EBT indicator from [M-EBT] complex and wine-red colour changes to blue colour (due to EBT). Thus, at equivalent point,

[M-EBT] complex + EDTA --------[M-EDTA] complex + EBT (blue)

Thus,

titration.

change of wine-red colour to distinct

blue

marks the end-point of

Various steps involved in this method are:

1. Preparation of standard hard water:

dissolve

1.0

of

pure, dry CaCO 3

in

minimum quantity of dilute HCl and then evaporate the solution to dryness on a water bath. Dissolve the residue in distilled water to make 1 L solution. Each mL of this solution thus contains 1 mg of CaCO 3 eq hardness.

  • 2. Preparation of EDTA solution: dissolve 4 g of pure EDTA crystals + 0.1 g MgCl 2

in 1 L of distilled water.

  • 3. Standardization of EDTA solution: Rinse and fill the burette with EDTA

solution. Pipette out 50mL of standard hard water in a conical flask. Add 10-15 mL of buffer solution and 4 to 5 drops indicator. Titrate with EDTA solution, till wine-red

colour changes to clear blue. Let volume used be V 1 mL.

  • 4. Titration of unknown hard water: Titrate 50 mL of water sample just in above

step. Let the volume used be V 2 mL.

  • 5. Titration of permanent hardness: take 250mL of the water sample in a large

beaker. Boil it till the volume is reduced to about 50mL. Filter, wash the precipitate with distilled water, collecting filtrate and washings in 250mL measuring flask. Finally make up the volume to 250mL with distilled water. Then, titrate 50mL of boiled water sample just as in above step. Let volume used be V 3 mL.

Calculations:

50mL of standard hard water = V 1 mL of EDTA

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=>

50 X 1 mg of CaCO 3

= V 1 mL of EDTA

1 mL of EDTA

= 50/

V 1 mg of CaCO 3 eq

Now 50mL of given hard water = V 2 mL of EDTA

= V 2 X 50 / V 1 mg of CaCO 3 eq

In 1 L (water 1000mL) of given hard = 1000 V 2 / V 1 mg of CaCO 3 eq

total hardness of water = 1000 V 2 / V 1 mg/L

= 1000 V 2 / V 1 ppm

Now 50mL of boiled water = V 3 mL of EDTA

= V 3 X

50 / V 1 mg of CaCO 3 eq

1000mL(1L) of boiled water = 1000 V 3 / V 1 mg of CaCO 3 eq

Permanent hardness = 1000 V 3 / V 1 ppm

And Temporary hardness = [Total hardness – Permanent hardness]

=> 50 X 1 mg of CaCO = V mL of EDTA  1 mL of
 

ALKALINITY

 
 

Alkalinity of water is measure of acid-neutralizing ability. It is attributed to

the

presence of the caustic

alkalinity

(OH - and

CO 3 2- )

and temporary

hardness

(HCO 3 - ). These can be estimated separately by titration against acid, using

phenolphthalein and methyl orange as indicators. The determination is based on following reactions.

i)

ii)

iii)

The

[OH - ] + [H + ] [CO 3 2- ] + [H + ] [HCO 3 - ] + [H + ]

H 2 O [HCO 3 - ] H 2 O + CO 2

titration

of

the

water

sample

against

 

a

standard

acid

upto

phenolphthalein indicator end-point marks the completion of reactions i) & ii). This

amount of acid used thus corresponds to hydroxide carbonate present.

+

one

half

of

the

normal

On the other hand titration of the water sample against a standard acid to methyl orange indicator endpoint marks the completion of i), ii) & iii).

Hence

the

amount

of

acid

used

after

the

phenolphthalein

end point

corresponds to one half of normal carbonate + all the bicarbonates; while the total acid used represents the total alkalinity ( due to OH - , CO 3 2- and HCO 3 - ions).

The possible combinations of ions causing alkalinity in water are:

 

i)

OH - only or

 

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ii)

CO 3 2- only or

iii)

HCO 3 - only or

iv)

OH - & CO 3 2- together or

v)

CO 3 2- & HCO 3 - together

OH - + HCO 3 - CO 3 2- + H 2 O

Thus, OH - & HCO 3 - ions cannot exist together in water. On the basis of same reasoning, all the three ions (OH - , CO 3 2- and HCO 3 - ) cannot exist together.

Procedure: pipette out 100ml water sample in a clean conical flask. Add to it 2 to 3 drops of a phenolphthalein indicator. Run N/50 HCl from a burette, till the pink colour is disappeared. Then to the same solution, add 2 to 3 drops of methyl orange , continue the titration, till the color changes yellow to orange pink.

i)

When P=0,

both OH - & CO 3 2-

ions are absent, and alkalinity in that case

due to HCO 3 - only.

ii)

When P=½M,

only

CO 3 2-

ion

is

present,

since

half

of

carbonate

neutralization reaction i.e. [CO 3 2- ] + [H + ]

[HCO 3 - ] takes place with

phenolphthalein

indicator;

while

complete

carbonate

neutralization

reaction i.e. [HCO 3 - ] + [H + ]

H 2 O + CO 2 occurs when methyl orange

indicator used. Thus, alkalinity due to CO 3 2- = 2P.

 

iii)

When P=M, only

OH - is

present,

because neither CO 3 2-

nor

HCO 3 - is

iv)

present, thus alkalinity due to OH - = M. When P > ½M, in this case, besides CO 3 2- , OH - ions are also present. Now half of CO 3 2- equal to M-P; so alkalinity due to complete CO 3 2- =2(M-P) Therefore alkalinity due to OH - = M - 2(M-P) = 2P – M.

v)

When P < ½ M, ;in this case, besides CO 3 2- , HCO 3 - ions are also present now alkalinity due to CO 3 2- = 2P. Alkalinity due to HCO 3 - = (M-2P).

Alkalinity

OH - ppm

CO 3 2- ppm

HCO 3

-

ppm

P=0

0

0

M

P=½M

0

2P

0

P=M

M

0

0

P > ½M

2P-M

2(M-P)

0

P < ½ M

0

2P

M-2P

 

WATER SOFTENING METHODS

Ion exchange method: Removal

of

all

ions

present

in

water

is

called

demineralization. The demineralization of water is done by using Ion exchange

resins.

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Ion exchange resin: Ion exchange resins are insoluble, cross linked, long chain organic polymers with a microporous structure. The ion exchange property of these polymers is due to mainly the functional groups attached to them. These functional groups may be acidic or basic. Based on functional groups the resins may be classified as: a) Cation exchange resins b) Anion exchange resins.

  • i) Cation exchange resins (RH + ): They are mainly styrene-di vinyl benzene copolymers, which on sulphonation or corboxylation, -SO 3 H or – COOH groups are introduced to polymers. They become capable to exchange their H + ions with the cation in water.

Ion exchange resin : Ion exchange resins are insoluble, cross linked, long chain organic polymers with

ii) Anion exchange resins (R’OH - ): They are styrene-di vinyl benzene or amino-formaldehyde copolymers, which contain amino or quaternary ammonium or quaternary phosphonium or tertiary sulphonium groups as an integral part of the resin matrix. These, after treatment with dil.NaOH solution, become capable to exchange their OH - ion with the anions in water.

Ion exchange resin : Ion exchange resins are insoluble, cross linked, long chain organic polymers with

Basic or anion exchange resin (hydroxide form)

Process: It consists of two tanks. Cation resins and anion resins are kept in the 1 st

and

2 nd

tank

respectively.

The hard

water first

is

passed first

through cation

exchange column, which removes all the cations like Ca 2+ , Mg 2+ etc. from it, and equivalent amount of H + ions are released from this column to water.

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  • 2 RH + + Ca 2+ R 2 Ca 2+ + 2 H +

  • 2 RH + + Mg 2+ R 2 Mg 2+ + 2 H +

After cation exchange

column,

the

hard water

is passed through

anion

exchange column, which removes all the anions like SO 4 2- , Cl - , etc. present in the

water and equivalent amount of OH - ions are released from this column to water.

R’OH - - + Cl - R’Cl - + OH -

2R’OH - + SO 4 2- R’ 2 SO 4 2- + 2 OH -

2R’OH - + CO 3 2- R’ 2 CO 3 2- + 2 OH -

The H + and OH - ions released from both the column get combined to produce water molecule.

H + + OH - H 2 O

Thus, water coming out from the ion exchanger is free from cations as well as anions. Ion free water is known as deionized or demineralized water.

2 RH + Ca  R Ca + 2 H 2 RH + Mg  R

Regeneration: When capacities of cation and anion exchangers lost to exchange H+ and OH- ions, they are then said to be exhausted.

The exhausted cation exchange is regenerated by passing a solution of dil.HCl or dil.H 2 SO 4 .

R 2 Ca 2+ + 2 H + 2 RH + + Ca 2+ (washings)

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R 2 Mg 2+ + 2 H + 2 RH + + Mg 2+ (washings)

The column is washed with deionized water and washings which contain Ca 2+ , Mg 2+ , SO 4 2- , Cl - ions is passed to sink or drain.

The exhausted anion exchange column is regenerated by passing a solution of dil.NaOH.

R’ 2 SO 4 2- + 2 OH - 2R’OH - + SO 4 2- (washings)

R’ 2 CO 3 2- + 2 OH - 2R’OH - + CO 3 2- (washings)

R’Cl - + OH - R’OH - - + Cl - (washings)

Advantages:

The process can be used to soften highly acidic or basic waters.

It produces water of very low hardness (2ppm), so it is very good for treating water for use in high pressure boilers.

Disadvantages:

The equipment is costly and more expensive chemicals are needed.

If water contains turbidity, then the out put of the process is reduced. The turbidity must be below 10ppm. If it is more it has to be removed first by coagulation and filtration.

Reverse osmosis: When two solutions of unequal concentrations are separated by a semi permeable membrane (does not permit the ions, atoms, molecules etc.), flow of solvent takes place from dilute to concentrated sides.

If, however, a hydrostatic pressure in excess of osmotic pressure is applied on the concentrated side, the solvent flow reverses, i.e. solvent is forced to move from concentrated side to dilute side across the membrane. This is the principle of reverse osmosis.

Thus, in reverse osmosis process methods pure water is separated from its contaminants, rather than removing contaminants from the water.

This membrane filtration is some times also called “super-filtration” or “Hyper filtration”.

Method : In this process, pressure of the order 15 to 40 kg cm 2- is applied to the sea water/ impure water to force its pure water out through the semi permeable membranes; leaving behind the dissolved solids.

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The membrane consists of very thin film of cellulose acetate , affixed to either side of

The membrane consists of very thin film of cellulose acetate, affixed to either side of a perforated tube. However, more recently superior membranes made of polymethacrylate and polyamide polymers have come into use.

Advantages:

Reverse osmosis process is a distinct advantage of removing ionic as well as

non ionic, colloidal and high molecular weight organic matter. It removes colloidal silica, which is not removed by demineralization.

The maintenance

cost is almost entirely

on

the

replacement of the semi

permeable membrane. The life time of membrane is quite high, about 2years.

The membrane can be replaced within a few minutes, there providing uninterrupted water supply.

Due to low capital cost, simplicity, low operating cost and high reliability, the reverse osmosis is gaining ground at present for converting sea water into drinking water and for obtaining water for very high pressure boilers.

Specifications of potable water:

Textile industry needs frequent dying of clothes, and the water used by this industry should be soft and free from organic matter. If hard water used uniform dying is not possible. Because hard water decrease the solubility of acidic dyes. Basic dyes even precipitate out in such hard water. Organic matter imparts foul smell. If the matter contains Fe, Mn, color or turbidity it causes uneven dyeing and leaves stains on fabrics. Hence, water should be free from these impurities.

Laundries require soft water, free from color, Mn and Fe. Because hardness increases consumption of soaps. Salt of Fe and Mn impart grey or yellow shade to the fabric.

Boilers require water of zero hardness otherwise efficient heat transfer is prevented by scale formation. Untreated water can also lead to corrosion of boiler material, some times even explosion can also occur.

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Paper industry requires water free from SiO 2 , turbidity, alkalinity and hardness. SiO 2 produces cracks in the paper. Turbidity, Fe & Mn affects the brightness and color of the paper. Alkalinity consumes alum and increase the cost of paper. Hardness increases the ash content of the paper.

Beverages require water which should not be alkaline as it destroys or modifies the taste as it tends to neutralize the fruit acid.

Sugar industry If hard water is used in sugar refining it results in the formation of deliquescent sugar. More over, these impurities cause difficulty in the crystallization of sugar.

Cooking water used should be free from dissolved salts producing hardness. Fuel requirement is high if hard water is used. More over, more time is required for cooking. Also if hard water is used for making tea or coffee, it imparts unpleasant taste and muddy-looking extract.

Dairies and pharmaceutical industries require ultra pure water which should be colorless, taste less, odorless and free from pathogenic organism.

DISINFECTION OF WATER

CHLORINATION: chlorination is the most commonly used disinfectant in water treatment throughout world. It can be employed directly as gas or in the form of concentrated solution in water. It produces hypochlorous acid, which is a powerful germicide.

Cl 2 + H 2 O HOCl + HCl

Bacteria + HOCl Bacteria are killed

Death of micro-organism, bacteria etc. results from chemical reaction of hypochlorous acid with the enzymes in the cells of organism etc. Since enzyme is essential for the metabolic processes of the micro-organism, so death of micro- organism results due to inactivation of enzyme by hypochlorous acid.

Apparatus used for disinfection by chlorine is known as chlorinator. It is a large tower which contains number of baffle plates. From its top, raw water and proper quantity chlorine solution are introduced. These get thoroughly mixed during their passage through the water. For filtered water, about 0.3 to 0.5ppm of Cl 2 is

sufficient.

Disinfected water is

taken out

from

the

out

let

at

the bottom

of

chlorinator.

Factors affecting efficiency of chlorine:

  • i) Temperature of water: the rate of reaction with enzymes increases with

temperature. Consequently, death rate of micro-organisms by chlorine increases with rise in temperature. ii) Time of contact: death rate of micro-organisms by chlorine is proportional to the number of micro-organisms remaining alive. Initially, the death rate is maximum and with time, it goes on decrease. iii) pH of water: at lower pH values (between 5 – 6.5), a small contact is required to kill organisms.

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Advantages of chlorination: i) it is effective and economical. ii) It is stable, require small space

Advantages of chlorination:

i)

it is effective and economical.

ii)

It is stable, require small space for storage, and does not deteriorate on

iii)

keeping. It can be used at high as well as low temperatures.

iv)

It does not introduce any impurity in water.

v)

It is most ideal disinfectant.

Disadvantages:

i)

excess of chlorine, produces bad taste and disagreeable odor.

ii)

Excess chlorine produces irritation on muscus membrane. The quantity of

iii)

free chlorine in treated water should not exceed 0.1 to 0.2ppm. It is more effective below pH 6.5 and less effective at higher pH vales.

Break-Point chlorination: It means that chlorination of water to such an extent that living organisms as well as other organic impurities in water are destroyed. It involves in addition of sufficient amount of chlorine to oxidize organic matter, reducing substances and free ammonia in raw water, leaving behind mainly free chlorine which possesses disinfecting action against pathogenic bacteria’s. It is also known as free-residual chlorination.

Initially for lower doses of Cl 2 , there is no free residual chlorine since all the added chlorine gets consumed for doing complete oxidation of reducing substances present in water.

As the amount of chlorine dosage is increased, amount of residual chlorine also show steady increase. This stage corresponds to the formation of chloro-organic compounds without oxidizing them.

At still higher dose of applied chlorine, oxidation of organic and micro- organisms gets in consequently the amount of free residual chlorine also decrease. When the oxidative destruction is completed it reaches minima.

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After minima,

the

added chlorine

is

not used

in

any reaction. Thus, the

residual chlorine keeps increasing in proportion to added chlorine. Hence, for effectively killing micro organisms, sufficient chlorine has to be added. Addition of chlorine in such dosages is known as break-point or free residual chlorination.

After minima, the added chlorine is not used in any reaction. Thus, the residual chlorine keeps

Advantages: it ensures complete destruction of organic compound which impart color, bad odor and unpleasant taste to water. It completely destroys all the disease causing bacteria. It prevents the growth of any weeds in water.

De-chlorination: Over chlorination after the break point produces unpleasant taste and odour in water. These objectionable qualities may be removed by filtering the over-chlorinated water through a bed of molecular carbon. Alternatively, a small percentage of activated carbon may be added directly to the water and after allowing a short reaction period, it is then removed by filtration. Objectionable qualities resulting from over-chlorination may also be remedied by the addition of a small percentage of sulphur dioxide or sodium sulphate or sodium thiosulphate, etc.

SO 2 + Cl 2 + 2H 2 O H 2 SO 4 + 2HCl

Na 2 SO 3 + Cl 2 + 2H 2 O Na 2 SO 4 + 2HCl

OZONATION: Ozone is a excellent disinfectant. It is produced by passing silent electric discharge through cold and dry oxygen.

Silent electric current ---------------

3O 2

2O 3

Ozone is highly unstable and breaks down, liberating nascent oxygen.

O 3 -O 2 + [O] nascent

The nascent

oxygen is

very

powerful oxidizing agent and kills

all

the

bacteria as well as oxidizes the organic matter present in water.

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For carrying out the disinfection by ozone, ozone is injected into the water and the two are allowed to come in contact in a sterilizing tank. The disinfected water is removed from the top. The contact period is about 10-15 minutes and the usual dose strength 2-3ppm.

Advantages: removes colour, odour and taste without giving residue, not harmful, since it is unstable an decompose into oxygen.

Disadvantage: quit expensive.

BOILER TROUBLES

(Boiler Scales)

In boilers, water evaporates continuously and the concentration of the dissolved salts increases progressively. When their concentrations reach saturation point, they are thrown out of water in the form of precipitates on the inner walls of the boiler.

If the precipitation takes place in the form of loose and slimy precipitate, it is called sludge. On the other hand, if the precipitated matter forms a hard, adhering crust/coating on the inner walls of the boiler, it is called scale.

Sludge is a soft, loose and slimy precipitate formed within the boiler. Sludge can easily be scrapped off with a wire brush. It is formed at comparatively cold portions of the boiler and collects in areas of the system, where the flow rate is slow or at bends. Sludges are formed by substances which have greater solubilities in hot water than in cold water. E.g. MgCO 3 , MgCl 2 , CaCl 2 , MgSO 4 , etc.

Scales are hard deposits, which stick very firmly to the inner surfaces of the boilers. Scales are difficult to remove, even with the help of hammer and chisel. Scales are the main source of boiler troubles.

Formation of scales may be due to:

  • i) Decomposition of calcium bicarbonate:

Ca(HCO 3 ) 2 CaCO 3 + H 2 O + CO 2 Scale

However, scales composed chiefly of calcium carbonate is soft and is the main cause of scale formation in low-pressure boilers but in high-pressure boilers, CaCO 3 is soluble.

ii)

iii)

CaCO 3 +

H 2 O Ca(OH) 2 (soluble) + CO 2

Deposition of calcium sulphate: The solubility of calcium sulphate in water decreases with rise of temperature. Thus, solubility of CaSO 4 is 3,200 ppm at 15 0 C and it reduces to 55 ppm at 230 0 C and 27 ppm at 320 0 C. In other words, CaSO 4 is soluble in cold water, but almost completely insoluble in super-heated water. Consequently, CaSO 4 gets precipitated as hard scale on the heated portion of the boiler. This is the main cause of scales in high-pressure boilers.

Hydrolysis of magnesium salts: Dissolved magnesium salts undergo hydrolysis forming magnesium hydroxide precipitate, which forms a soft type of scale.

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MgCl 2 + 2H 2 O Mg(OH) 2 + 2HCl Scale

iv)

Presence of silica:

SiO 2 ,

even

present

in small quantities,

deposits

as

calcium silicate and magnesium silicate. These deposits stick very firmly on the inner side of the boiler surface and are very difficult to remove. One important source of silica in water is the sand filter.

Effects of scales:

Scales have a low thermal conductivity, so the rate of heat transfer from boiler to inside water is greatly decreased. In order to provide steady supply of heat to water, excessive or over heating is done and this causes increase in fuel consumption.

The over-heating of the boiler tube makes the boiler material softer and weaker and this causes distortion of boiler tube and makes the boiler unsafe to bear the pressure of the steam, especially in high pressure boilers.

Scales may some times deposit in the valves and condensers of the boilers and choke them partially. This results in decrease in efficiency of the boiler.

When thick scales crack, due to uneven expansion, the water comes suddenly in contact with over-heated iron plates. This causes in formation of a large amount of steam suddenly. So sudden high pressure is developed, which may even cause explosion of the boiler.

Removal of scales:

If they are loosely adhering, with the help of scraper or piece of wood or wire

brush. If they are brittle, by giving thermal shocks.

If they are adherent hard, by dissolving them by adding them chemicals.

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Some important questions:

  • 1 List the essential requirements of potable water.

  • 2 Name the salts responsible for the temporary and permanent hardness of water sample.

  • 3 What is demineralization of hard water? Name the chemicals used to regenerate exhausted cation and anion exchangers.

  • 4 Explain the principle behind the colour change from wine red to blue of the indicator in the EDTA titration of hardness estimation of water.

    • 5 What do you mean by hardness of water? How is it classified?

  • 6 What is EDTA? Write its structure and uses.

  • 7 the

Name

substance

(compound)

responsible

for

disinfection

during

chlorination.

  • 8 Define hardness of water? Why do we express hardness in terms of CaCO3.

  • 9 What is the indicator used in EDTA method? What is the end point.?

    • 10 Discuss the water softening by ion – exchange process.

    • 11 What is Desalination? Discuss any one method of desalination of seawater.

    • 12 Describe briefly the estimation of hardness of water sample by EDTA method.

    • 13 A 100 ml sample of water contains 12 mg of MgSO 4 (Mol. Wt. = 120) and

      • 22.2 mg of CaCl 2 (Mol.Wt. = 111). Calculate the hardness in ppm units.

    • 14 What is a boiler scale? Explain how it is formed in the boiler.

      • 15 Discuss briefly the role of cation and anion exchange resins in softening water.

    • 16 A sample of water contains 21.9 mg of Magnesium bicarbonate, 19.0 mg of MgCl 2 and 18 mg of MgS0 4 per litre. Calculate the temporary and permanent hardness of this sample (At. Wt Mg = 24, Ca = 40, S = 32, Cl = 35.5)

      • 17 Explain how water is disinfected by chlorine. Mention the advantages and disadvantages of chlorination process.

    • 18 100 ml of a sample of hard water required 15 ml of 0.01 M EDTA for titration using EBT indicator. 100 ml of sample was boiled and filtered. The filtrate is made upto 100 ml with distilled water. This made up solution required 8 ml of

      • 0.01 M EDTA solution for titration. Calculate the total, permanent and

temporary hardness of the sample of hard water in terms of ppm units.

  • 19 What are scales and sludges in boilers? What are their disadvantages caused to boilers?

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  • 20 How the carbonate and bicarbonate alkalinity is determined experimentally in a water sample?

  • 21 Water sample contains OH - , HCO 3 - alkalinity & why.

& CO 3 - , Cl - , SO 4 - 2 . Which ion causes

  • 22 What is meant by break point chlorination? What is its significance in water treatment?

  • 23 50 ml of water sample consumed 15 ml of N/50 HCl using phenolphthalein indicator. In another titration 50 ml of same water consumed 25 ml N/50 HCl with methyl orange indicator. Identify and calculate the type of alkalinity and express the same in CaCO 3 equivalents.

  • 24 What is reverse osmosis? How is sea water purified by this method?

  • 25 50 ml of a sample of water consumed 20 ml of 0.01 M EDTA. The same water after boiling consumed 12 ml of same EDTA. Calculate total temporary and permanent hardness of water.

  • 26 Describe the estimation of hardness of water sample by EDTA Method.

  • 27 What happens if temporary hard water is boiled? Give equations.

  • 28 What are the specification of potable water?

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