Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Thoughts on chlorination in BGD

Expand Messages
  • Greg Miller
    Aquifers will always contain bacteria, they are ubiquitous and naturally occurring. Most of the bacteria in aquifers are innocuous and will not cause human
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 24 4:21 PM
    • 0 Attachment
      Aquifers will always contain bacteria, they are ubiquitous and naturally
      occurring. Most of the bacteria in aquifers are innocuous and will not
      cause human health problems. Human heath problems occur with pathogenic
      bacteria in groundwater when they are introduced into the aquifer through
      poor management of human and animal wastes. This can happen from poorly
      constructed wells, or putting the outhouse too close to a perfectly
      constructed well. Shock chlorination of wells and aquifers is an
      ineffective method of trying to prevent pathogenic bacteria in water
      supplies. The best practice is not to contaminate the aquifer with fecal
      matter. Once contaminated, chlorination of water supplies in the pipeline
      or tank is the only effective way to ensure pathogen free water. The desire
      to maintain residual chlorine is designed to prevent re-infection of the
      water once stored or put in the distribution system. Shock the storage tank
      with chlorine (>5.0 ppm) and maintain a residual chlorine level of 0.5 ppm
      or greater and you could use the water from a cholera contaminated aquifer
      without ill effect. You will never accomplish the same level of protection
      by treating the aquifer. Protect your aquifer and disinfect your water in
      storage.


      Gregory P. Miller, Ph.D.

      GEOCHEMICAL
      PO Box 1468 (Mail)
      1711-G El Camino Real (Courier)
      Socorro, NM 87801 USA
      (575) 838-0505 office
      (505) 217-4809 cell
      arsenic@...




      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.