Application of Coal to Sewage Treatment

CIM Bulletin, 1970

EARL SHANNON and PETER SILVESTON, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

Process-oriented experiments on the use of coal as an adsorbent for certain soluble components of sewage are described. The capacity of Canadian coals for these components was less than 0.1 per cent by weight for the highest concentration at which these components could be expected to be found in domestic sewage. This is much less than values reported in the past. A pronounced selectivity between components was observed. Experiments on bacteria removal in beds of coal, regeneration of spent coal to restore adsorption capacity and COD contributions of coal are reported in the paper. The simple application of coal as an adsorbent does not seem promising.
Keywords: activated charcoal, adsorption, chemical oxygen demand, Crowsnest coal, University of Waterloo, Adsorption, Capacity, Coal, Experiments, Treatment, Waste, Wastes, Water, Waters, Yukon