Disinfection Of Wells

Health Hygiene & Sanitation

Lesson 27 : Water Purification

Purification Of Water On A Small Scale

Disinfection Of Wells

Wells are the main source of water supply in the rural areas. The need often arises to disinfect them, sometimes on a mass scale, during epidemics of cholera and gastroenteritis. The most effective and cheapest method of disinfecting wells is by bleaching powder. Potassium permanganate should not ­be used as it is not a satisfactory disinfecting agent.

Steps in Well Disinfection

  • Find the volume of water in a well
  • Find the amount of bleaching powder required for disinfection
  • Dissolve bleaching powder in water
  • Delivery of chlorine solution into the well
  • Allow a contact period of one hour before the water is drawn for use
  • Orthotolidine arsenite test
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