Water Treatment

Question 1
A water treatment plant has a sedimentation basin of depth 3 m, width 5 m, and length 40 m. The water inflow rate is 500 m^3/h . The removal fraction of particles having a settling velocity of 1.0 m/h is_______. (round off to one decimal place)
(Consider the particle density as 2650 kg/m^3 and liquid density as 991 kg/m^3 )
A
0.4
B
0.2
C
0.1
D
0.8
GATE CE 2022 SET-1      Water Treatment
Question 1 Explanation: 
\begin{aligned} V_o&=\frac{500}{5 \times 40} =2.5m/h \\ \eta &=\frac{V_s}{V_o}\times 100=\frac{1}{2.5}=0.4 \; or \; 40% \end{aligned}
Question 2
Which of the following process(es) can be used for conversion of salt water into fresh water?
A
Microfiltration
B
Electrodialysis
C
Ultrafiltration
D
Reverse osmosis
GATE CE 2022 SET-1      Water Treatment
Question 2 Explanation: 
Desalination can be done by
Electrodialysis
Reverse osmosis
Question 3
The hardness of a water sample is measured directly by titration with 0.01 M solution of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) using eriochrome black T (EBT) as an indicator. The EBT reacts and forms complexes with divalent metallic cations present in the water. During titration, the EDTA replaces the EBT in the complex. When the replacement of EBT is complete at the end point of the titration, the colour of the solution changes from
A
blue-green to reddish brown
B
blue to colourless
C
reddish brown to pinkish yellow
D
Wine red to blue
GATE CE 2021 SET-2      Water Treatment
Question 3 Explanation: 
Hardness end point of titration --> wine red to blu
Question 4
Surface Overflow Rate (SOR) of a primary settling tank (discrete settling) is 20000 litre/m^2 per day. Kinematic viscosity of water in the tank is 1.01 times 10^{-2} cm^2/s. Specific gravity of the settling particles is 2.64. Acceleration due to gravity is 9.81 m/s^2. The minimum diameter (in ?m, round off to one decimal place) of the particles that will be removed with 80% efficiency in the tank, is _________.
A
12.14
B
18.36
C
22.78
D
14.46
GATE CE 2020 SET-1      Water Treatment
Question 4 Explanation: 
\begin{aligned} \eta &=80=\frac{u_s}{v_s}\times 100\\ u_s&=\frac{0.8 \times 20000 \times 10^{-3}}{86400}\\ &=1.85 \times 10^{-4} m/sec\\ u_s&=\frac{(G-1)gd^2}{18v}\\ 1.85 \times 10^{-4}&=\frac{(2.64-1)\times 9.81 \times d^2}{18 \times 1.01 \times 10^{-2} \times 10^{-4}}\\ d&=1.446 \times 10^{-5}m\\ &=14.46\mu m \end{aligned}
Question 5
A water supply scheme transports 10 MLD (Million Litres per Day) water through a 450 mm diameter pipeline for a distance of 2.5 km. A chlorine dose of 3.50 mg/litre is applied at the starting point of the pipeline to attain a certain level of disinfection at the downward end. It is decided to increase the flow rate from 10 MLD to 13 MLD in the pipeline. Assume exponent for concentration, n = 0.86. With this increased flow, in order to attain the same level of disinfection, the chlorine does (in mg/litre) to be applied at the starting point should be
A
3.95
B
4.4
C
4.75
D
5.55
GATE CE 2020 SET-1      Water Treatment
Question 5 Explanation: 
Waterson law,
\begin{aligned} tc^h &=\text{Constant} \\ t_1c_1^n&= t_2c_2^n\\ \frac{d_1}{v_1}c_1^n&=\frac{d_2}{v_2}c_2^n \\ \frac{d_1}{Q_1}A_1c_1^n&=\frac{d_2A_2c_2^n}{Q_2} \\ d_1=d_2, \;& A_1=A_2 \\ \frac{(3.5)^{0.86}}{10} &=\frac{(c_2)^{0.86}}{13} \\ c_2 &=\left ( \frac{13}{10} \right )^{1/0.86} \times 3.5 \\ &= 4.747 mg/l \end{aligned}
Question 6
During chlorination process, aqueous (aq) chlorine reacts rapidly with water to from CI^-, HOCI, and H^+ as shown below

CI_2(aq)+ H_2O\rightleftharpoons HOCI+CI^-+H^+

The most active disinfectant in the chlorination process from amongst the following, is
A
H^+
B
HOCI
C
CI^-
D
H_2O
GATE CE 2020 SET-1      Water Treatment
Question 6 Explanation: 
Cl_2+ H_2O\overset{pH \gt 5}{\rightleftharpoons } HOCl+HCl
HOCl \xrightleftharpoons [pH \lt 7]{pH \gt 8} H^+ +OCl^-
At pH \lt 5, chlorine does not react with water and remains as free chlorine.
(HOCl^- +OCl^- +cl_2) are combinedly called freely available chlorine. Out of these forms of freely available chlorine, HOCl is most destructive. It is 80% more effective than OCl^- ion. Hence, pH of water should be maintained slightly below 7.
Question 7
A water treatment plant treats 6000 m^3 of water per day. As a part of the treatment process, discrete particles are required to be settled in a clarifier. A column test indicates that an overflow rate of 1.5 m per hour would produce the desired removal of particles through settling in the clarifier having a depth of 3.0 m. The volume of the required clarifier, (in m^3, round off to 1 decimal place) would be _______
A
225
B
500
C
625
D
725
GATE CE 2019 SET-2      Water Treatment
Question 7 Explanation: 
\begin{aligned} \text{Design discharge, }\\ Q_0&=6000m^3/d\\ \text{Overflow rate}\\ OFR(v_s)&=1.5m/hr\\ SA&=\frac{Q_0}{OFR}\\ \text{Volume,}\; V&=SA \times \text{Depth}(H)\\ &=\frac{Q_0}{OFR} \times H\\ &=\frac{6000 \times 3}{1.5 \times 24}=500m^3 \end{aligned}
Question 8
Chlorine is used as the disinfectant in a municipal water treatment plant. It achieves 50 percent of disinfection efficiency measured in terms of killing the indicator microorganisms (E-Coli) in 3 minutes. The minimum time required to achieve 99 percent disinfection efficiency would be
A
9.93 minutes
B
11.93 minutes
C
19.93 minutes
D
21.93 minutes
GATE CE 2019 SET-2      Water Treatment
Question 8 Explanation: 
\begin{aligned} \eta _1&=50\%,\; t_1=3 \;min \\ \eta _1 &=[1-e^{-k \times t_1}] \times 100 \\ 50&=[1-e^{-k \times 3}] \times 100\\ k &=0.231 \; min^{-1} \\ \eta _2&=99\%,\; t_2=? \\ \eta _1&= [1-e^{-k \times t_2}] \times 100 \\ 99&= [1-e^{-0.231 \times t_2}] \times 100\\ t_2 &=19.93\; min \end{aligned}
Question 9
A 0.80 m deep bed of sand filter (length 4 m and width 3 m) is made of uniform particles (diameter = 0.40 mm, specific gravity = 2.65, shape factor = 0.85) with bed porosity of 0.4. The bed has to be backwashed at a flow rate of 3.60 m^3/min. During backwashing, if the terminal settling velocity of sand particles is 0.05 m/s, the expanded bed depth (in m, round off to 2 decimal places) is ________
A
1.20
B
1.75
C
1.85
D
0.65
GATE CE 2019 SET-1      Water Treatment
Question 9 Explanation: 
Given,
\begin{aligned} z &=0.8m \\ n &=0.4m \\ Q_B &=3.6m^3/min \\ &= \frac{3.6}{60}m^3/sec=0.06m^3/sec\\ L&=4m \\ B&= 3m\\ V_B&= \frac{Q_B}{A_s}=\frac{Q_B}{LB}\\ &= \frac{0.06}{4 \times 3}=5 \times 10^{-3}m/sec\\ V_s&= 0.05m/sec\\ V_B&=V_s(n_e)^{4.5} \\ (n_e)^{4.5}&= \frac{V_B}{V_s}=\frac{5 \times 10^{-3}}{0.05}\\ n_e&=\left ( \frac{5 \times 10^{-3}}{0.05} \right )^{\frac{1}{4.5}} \\ &= 0.599\simeq 0.6\\ \frac{z_e}{z}&=\frac{1-n}{1-n_e} \\ z_e &=z\left ( \frac{1-n}{1-n_e} \right ) \\ z_e&=0.8 \times \left ( \frac{1-0.4}{1-0.6} \right )=1.2m \end{aligned}
Question 10
Sedimentation basin in a water treatment plant is designed for a flow rate of 0.2 m^3/s. The basin is rectangular with a length of 32m, width of 8m, and depth of 4m. Assume that the settling velocity of these particles is governed by the Stokes' law. Given:
density of the particles = 2.5 g/cm^3;
density of water = 1 g/cm^3;
dynamic viscosity of water = 0.01 g/(cm.s);
gravitational acceleration = 980 cm/s^2.

If the incoming water contains particles of diameter 25 \mu m(spherical and uniform), the removal efficiency of these particles is
A
51%
B
65%
C
78%
D
100%
GATE CE 2019 SET-1      Water Treatment
Question 10 Explanation: 
\begin{aligned} Q&=0.2m^3/sec,\; L=32m\\ B&=8m,\; H=4m\\ \rho _p&=2.5gm/cc=2500kg/m^3\\ \rho _w&=1gm/cc=1000kg/m^3\\ \mu &=0.01gm/cm-sec=1 \times 10^{-3}kg/m-sec\\ d&=25\mu m=25 \times 10^{-6}m\\ g&=980cm/sec^2=9.8m/sec^2\\ v_0&=\frac{Q}{A_s}=\frac{Q}{L \times B}\\ &=\frac{0.2}{32 \times 8}=7.8125 \times 10^{-4}m/sec\\ v_s&=\frac{g(\rho _p-\rho _w)d^2}{18\mu }\\ &=\frac{9.8(2500-1000)\times (25 \times 10^{-6})^2}{18 \times (1 \times 10^{-3})}\\ &=5.1041 \times 10^{-4}m/sec\\ \eta &=\frac{v_s}{v_0}\times 100\\ &=\frac{5.1041 \times 10^{-4}}{7.8125 \times 10^{-4}}\times 100\\ &=65.33\%\simeq 65\% \end{aligned}
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