Precipitative arsenic removal


This treatment method is effective for a wide range of arsenic concentrations. Existing devices mostly include a multiple bucket system where a coagulant is dosed (optionally following an oxidation step) to precipitate arsenic. The final step comprises the settling or filtration of the produced flocculants.


Bucket systems vary in price just as coagulation agents.


Serious awareness-raising on arsenic threat needs to be complemented by trainings on filter building. Larger concrete or brick containers require mason training. Once the need of arsenic removal is understood by the users, monitoring of removal quality is required centrally.


Arsenic contamination most relevant for South-East Asia (from East-India to Vietnam), but also in other regions. Treatment efficiency depends strongly on presence of other contaminants: iron ions improve, phosphate reduces removal efficiency. Safe disposal of spent filter media is advisable.


Relatively insensitive to the presence of other contaminants in water. Addition of coagulant requires active operation and may need a priori training for user. In case a sand filter is applied for the floc removal, the filter requires regular replacement.


Successfully disseminated solutions include the Bucket Treatment Unit and the 2-Kalshi filters. Comfort of use is slightly reduced by the manual addition of coagulating agent and the thorough mixing. With the filtration step, it may be too time-consuming for households.

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