A case study on low cost water treatment using Moringa oleifera (Drum Stick)

Author(s): B.Srinivasa Rao, S.V.Maruti Prasad

In addition to food, shelter and clothing, water is one of our basic human needs and lack of potable water is a major cause of death and disease in our world. The purpose of this study is to provide information on household water treatment using seeds of theMoringa Oleifera tree.Ground water is a fresh water located in the core space of soil. Wells, springs and rivers constitute water supplies. Present study deals with the suitability of coagulation-flocculation process using MoringaOleifera seeds as natural coagulant for purification of water for drinking purpose. In present study various doses ofMoringaOleifera seed powder like 50, 100 and 150mg/litre were taken and checked for the efficiency dose for various water samples. After treatment of water samples withMoringaOleifera seed powder were analysed for different parameters like Turbidity, pH, Conductivity and Hardness. There is an appreciable change in all parameters except in some parameters. Application of this low cost MoringaOleifera seeds is recommended for eco-friendly, nontoxic, simplified water treatment where rural people living in extreme poverty are presently drinking highly turbid and contaminated water.

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