Title

Examination of Analytical Methods for Monitoring Nitrification in Charleston Water System's Distribution System

School Name

Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Chemistry

Presentation Type

Mentored

Oral Presentation Award

2nd Place

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to show the ongoing nitrification process in a local water distribution system in Charleston, South Carolina and to observe which method best predicts nitrification levels. All pipelines in water distribution systems undergo nitrification at some level, depending on water use. This study samples various water taps in different locations across the distribution system to monitor nitrification. To properly test and understand how much nitrification has occurred, multiples tests must be performed; such as chlorine, pH, free ammonia, and higher nitrite and nitrate levels. Samples closer to main lines or the treatment plant often see the higher levels of chlorine which generally coincide with less nitrification. Nitrification is a natural process within distribution systems that does not pose threats to human health as long as it is managed with sufficient flushing.

Location

Neville 106

Start Date

4-14-2018 11:00 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

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Apr 14th, 11:00 AM

Examination of Analytical Methods for Monitoring Nitrification in Charleston Water System's Distribution System

Neville 106

The purpose of the study was to show the ongoing nitrification process in a local water distribution system in Charleston, South Carolina and to observe which method best predicts nitrification levels. All pipelines in water distribution systems undergo nitrification at some level, depending on water use. This study samples various water taps in different locations across the distribution system to monitor nitrification. To properly test and understand how much nitrification has occurred, multiples tests must be performed; such as chlorine, pH, free ammonia, and higher nitrite and nitrate levels. Samples closer to main lines or the treatment plant often see the higher levels of chlorine which generally coincide with less nitrification. Nitrification is a natural process within distribution systems that does not pose threats to human health as long as it is managed with sufficient flushing.