Yamuna river water treatment using a natural coagulant of Citrullus lanatus seeds
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The aim of this study is to evaluate the potential of Citrullus lanatus seeds (a natural coagulant) also known as Watermelon seeds in treating Yamuna River Water. The problem of water scarcity in developing nations requires an economical and feasible water treatment process like coagulation. The watermelon seeds were analyzed on different physicochemical water treatment parameters. To understand the efficiency of the coagulant; a jar test was conducted by varying dosage, mixing speed, pH, and temperature. At an optimum coagulant dosage of 250 mg/L, pH of 7, stirring speed of 100 rpm, and temperature of 30 °C, the maximum turbidity removal of 81% was observed. The study concludes that the Citrullus lanatus seeds can be used as an effective natural coagulant for water treatment in developing countries.
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