Waste water recycling by ion exchange: II. Partial desalination

Y. Egozy, E. Korngold, N. C. Daltrophe, M. Rebhun

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Recycling of waste water by ion exchange was studied on a bench scale. Secondary municipal effluent, which had undergone lime flocculation, served as a feed for the ion-exchange system. Partial desalination was achieved by allowing part of the feed to bypass the strong acid cation exchanger. The salt concentration was decreased from 15 meq/l (750 ppm as CaCO3) to 7-10 meq/l (350-500 ppm as CaCO3) and the organic matter, from 70-100 mg/l COD (chemical oxygen demand) to about 25 mg/l. The leakage of organic matter in the partial desalination mode was somewhat higher than that found in complete desalination. The resins were found to be highly resistant to an attack of organic matter over a period of one year. Three possible resin arrangements were investigated, and a cost analysis for one of them is presented. Since inexpensive chemicals, such as H2SO4, and Ca(OH)2, can be used for regeneration the system provides an economical method for recycling waste water for industry and agriculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-346
Number of pages14
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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