Comparative Studies of the Clarification Potentials of Ferric Chloride and Moringa Oleifera Coagulants

Owen Chukwuebuka Abuka, Ekeleme Anthony Chibuzo, Amaefule Excel Obumneme, Nnaemeka Chukwudi Nwachukwu


The significant treatment costs of drinking water make treated water costly, raising the price of clean and helping make clean water inaccessible to the poor people in rural communities. This compels them to turn to readily available sources which are mainly contaminated. This subjects them to waterborne diseases.

In this context, this study was carried out to validate the efficiency and, if feasible, the substitution of Ferric Chloride utilised in the treatment of water using Moringa Oleiferaseeds, a cheap and widely accessible indigenous coagulant. The quality of water was tested on collection compared to those treated with Ferric Chloride and Moringa Seeds. Doses of 5 g, 10 g, 15 g, 20 g, 25 g and 30 g of both coagulants were used to treat 500 ml of water. Control water without Ferric Chloride and Moringa treatments was included. The pH, turbidity, conductivity and COD were measured. From the ANOVA statistical analysis, several factors such as pH were analysed, and there was a wide variation between the two treatments of Moringa and Ferric Chloride.



Moringa Oleifera, Ferric Chloride, water treatment, Coagulants, Turbidity

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