Monitoring of On-Site generated Hypochlorite for Water Disinfection

FH-HES Universities of Applied Sciences

Authors

  • Jean-Martin Dénis Institute of Life Technologies, School of Engineering, HES-SO//Valais , CH-1950 Sion
  • Gérard Donzé Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, FOPH, Bern, Switzerland
  • Stefan Willen Institute of Life Technologies, School of Engineering, HES-SO//Valais , CH-1950 Sion
  • Madeleine Darioly Institute of Life Technologies, School of Engineering, HES-SO//Valais , CH-1950 Sion
  • Wilfried Andlauer Institute of Life Technologies, School of Engineering, HES-SO//Valais , CH-1950 Sion https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0507-1911
  • Umberto Piantini Institute of Life Technologies, School of Engineering, HES-SO//Valais , CH-1950 Sion

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2022.871

Keywords:

Chlorate, Water, Disinfection by-products, On-site hypochlorite generation, Swimming pool

Abstract

The aim of this study was to better evaluate the impact of on-site electro-generated hypochlorite for water disinfection. For this venture, the daily variability of hypochlorite-generating systems and their performance to produce low disinfection by-products during the formation of hypochlorite were observed. Seven on-site electro-generated hypochlorite installations, were selected at different swimming pool facilities in Switzerland. Active chlorine (AC), the two disinfection by-products chlorate (ClO3-) and perchlorate (ClO4-), and the pH were monitored over several hours. All monitored installations produced significant concentrations of chlorate, related to the measured active chlorine concentration. The median chlorate concentrations ranged between 1.4 to 76.9 µg ClO3-/mg AC during daily monitoring. Perchlorates have been detected only in the installations of one brand that generated concentrations up to 34.9 µg ClO4-/mg AC. For all installations, pH was lower than expected with a median pH of 9.6. Some samples presented even surprisingly acidic pH leading to possible sample degradation. This study clearly shows the weakness of a one-shot sampling to evaluate the quality of on-site electro-generated hypochlorite systems, due to high daily process variations. Additionally, the evaluation of the influence of three process parameters has pointed out that including chlorate aspects during the optimisation stage of on-site generated hypochlorite may significantly reduce chlorate contamination during water disinfection.

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Published

2022-10-26

How to Cite

[1]
J.-M. Dénis, G. Donzé, S. Willen, M. Darioly, W. Andlauer, U. Piantini, Chimia 2022, 76, 871, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2022.871.