What You Need to Know About a Water Treatment Clarifier

Water treatment clarifierWater treatment is a process that people are familiar with but do not really know about. The whole process is more than just letting water flow from one tank to another. It also uses various chemicals and tools to help achieve the desired output.
One of the most important tools is the water treatment clarifier. Ashton Tucker Water Treatment shares more information about this component and its role in the water treatment process.

What is a Clarifier?

The water treatment process consists of four major steps, namely coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, and disinfection. Water treatment clarifiers are involved in the third process.

Coagulation is the process of adding chemicals to the water to allow particles to form (flocs). Flocculation is the process of further bonding these flocs, allowing them to sink down and separate from the water. Sedimentation is the process of separating the now clean water from the flocs. Traditionally, it is done on a big basin.

The goal of the process is to wait for the flocs to settle down so it can be removed. Disinfection is the last step in “cleaning” the water before releasing it for public use.

The onset of water treatment clarifiers made the sedimentation process a whole lot easier. Instead of waiting for a long time for the flocs to separate from the water, a sludge blanket is used to easily separate the flocs while allowing water to flow.

What are the different types of clarifiers?

There are two major types of clarifiers: vertical flow and horizontal flow. Vertical flow tans are usually square and have higher efficiency rates due to passing through a layer of floc. Horizontal flow clarifiers are usually circular or rectangular.

Water treatment is an interesting process that can be quite complicated but is important for the welfare and the safety of people consuming water.