Soil Groundwater and Subsurface Contamination

Fulvic Acid Fractions

Steps in the Typical Development of a Soil and Its Profile (Pedogenesis) 4.5 Contaminants Become Distributed in Water, Soil, and Air Air-Water Partition Coefficient Soil-Water Partition Coefficient Determining Kd Experimentally The Role of Soil Organic Matter The Octanol Water Partition Coefficient, Kow Estimating Kd Using Solubility or Kow 4.7 Mobility of Contaminants in the Subsurface Effect of Biodegradation on Effective Retardation Factor A Model for Sorption and Retardation Soil Properties...

Predicting Bond Type From Electronegativities

Intermolecular forces are electrostatic in nature. Molecules are composed of electrically charged particles (electrons and protons), and it is common for them to have regions that are predominantly charged positive or negative. Attractive forces between molecules arise when electrostatic forces attract positive regions on one molecule to negative regions on another. The strength of the attractions between molecules depends on the polarities of chemical bonds within the molecules and the...

Nitrate NO3 CAS 14797558 Nitrite NO2 CAS 14797650 Background see Chapter 3 for a more detailed discussion

Nitrate and nitrite are highly soluble in water. Due to their high solubility and weak retention by soil, nitrate and nitrite are very mobile, moving through soil at approximately the same rate as water. Thus, nitrate and nitrite have a high potential to migrate to groundwater. Because they are not volatile, nitrate and nitrite are likely to remain in water until consumed by plants or other organisms. Nitrate is the oxidized form and nitrite is the reduced form. Aerated surface waters will...

Indicators Of Fecal Contamination Coliform And Streptococci Bacteria

Detecting and preventing fecal contamination is of prime importance for all drinking water systems and recreation water managers. Fecal wastes may contain enteric pathogens (disease-causing organisms from the intestines of warm-blooded animals) such as viruses, bacteria, and protozoans (which include Cryptosporidium and Giardia). Fecal contaminated water is a common cause of gastrointestinal illness, including diarrhea, dysentery, ulcers, fatigue, and cramps. It also may carry pathogens that...

Breakpoint Chlorination For Removing Ammonia

Chlorine Breakpoint Drinking Water

Chlorination can be used to remove dissolved ammonia and ammonium ion from wastewater by the chemical reactions NH3 + Cl2 NH2Cl + Cl- + H+. (6.6a) NH4+ + Cl2 NH2Cl + Cl- + 2 H+. (6.6b) Ammonia is converted stoichiometrically to monochloramine (NH2Cl) at a 1 to 1 molar ratio or a 5 to 1 ratio by weight of Cl2 to NH3-N. NHCl2 (dichloramine), and NCl3 (nitrogen trichloride or Suggested Maximum Parameter Levels in Water Used for Crop Irrigation total dissolved solids (TDS) mg L specific...

Drinking Water Treatment

Clean drinking water is the most important public health factor. But well over 2 billion people worldwide do not have adequate supplies of safe drinking water. Worldwide, between 15 to 20 million babies die every year from water-borne diarrheal diseases such as typhoid fever, dysentery, and cholera. Contaminated water supplies and poor sanitation cause 80 of the diseases that afflict people in the poorest countries. The development of municipal water purification in the last century has allowed...

Magnesium Mg CAS 7439954 Background

Magnesium is used in the textile, tanning, and paper industries. Lightweight alloys of magnesium are used extensively in molds, die castings, extrusions, rolled sheets and plate forgings, mechanical handling equipment, portable tools, luggage, and general household goods. The carbonates, chlorides, hydroxides, oxides, and sulfates of magnesium are used in the production of magnesium metal, refractories, fertilizers, ceramics, explosives and medicinals. Magnesium is abundant in the earth's crust...

Molybdenum Mo CAS 7439987 Background

Molybdenum is widely distributed in trace amounts in nature, occurring chie y as insoluble molybdenite (MoS2) and soluble molybdates (MoO42-). Molybdenum is relatively mobile in the environment because soluble compounds predominate at pH > 5. The solubility of molybdenum increases as redox potential is lowered. Below pH 5, adsorption and coprecipitation of the molybdate anion by hydrous oxides of iron and aluminum are effective at removing dissolved molybdenum. The weathering of igneous and...

Cadmium Cd CAS 7440439 Background

Cadmium is usually present in all soils and rocks. It occurs naturally in zinc, lead, and copper ores, in coal, and other fossil fuels and shales. It often is released during volcanic action. These deposits can serve as sources to groundwaters and surface waters, especially when they are in contact with soft, acidic waters. The adsorption of cadmium onto soils and silicon or aluminum oxides is strongly pH-dependent, increasing as conditions become more alkaline. When the pH is below 6-7,...

Mercury Hg CAS 7439976 Background

Mercury is a liquid metal found in natural deposits of ores containing other elements. Mercury deposits occur in all types of rocks igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Although cinnabar (HgS) is the most common mercury ore, mercury is present in more than 30 common ore and gangue minerals. Mercury exists in the environment as the elemental metal, as monovalent and divalent salts, and as organic mercury compounds, the most important of which are methyl mercury (HgCH3+) and dimethyl mercury...

Lead Pb CAS 7439921 Background

Lead minerals are found mostly in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. The most abundant lead mineral is galena (PbS). Oxide, carbonate, and sulfate minerals are lanarkite (PbO), cerrusite (PbCO3), and anglesite (Pb(SO4), respectively. Commercial ores have concentrations of lead in the range 30-80 g kg. Metallic lead and the common lead minerals have very low solubility. Most environmental lead (perhaps 85 ) is associated with sediments the rest is in dissolved form. Although some lead...

Selenium Se CAS 7782492 Background

Selenium is widely distributed in the earth's crust at concentrations averaging 0.09 mg kg. It occurs in igneous rocks, with sul des in v olcanic sulfur deposits, in hydrothermal deposits, and in porphyry copper deposits. The major source of selenium in the environment is the weathering of rocks and soils. In addition, volcanic activity contributes to its natural occurrence in waters in trace amounts. Volcanic activity is an important source of selenium in regions with high soil concentrations....

Nitrogen Ammonia Nh3 Nitrite No2 And Nitrate No3

Ammonia Curve

Nitrogen compounds of greatest interest to water quality are those that are biologically available as nutrients to plants or exhibit toxicity to humans or aquatic life. Atmospheric nitrogen (N2) is the primary source of all nitrogen species, but it is not directly available to plants because the N N triple bond is too strong to be broken by photosynthesis. Atmospheric nitrogen must be converted to other nitrogen compounds before it can become available as a plant nutrient. The conversion of...

Acidity And Alkalinity

Diagram Alkalinity

The alkalinity of water is its acid-neutralizing capacity. The acidity of water is its base-neutralizing capacity. Both parameters are related to the buffering capacity of water the ability to resist changes in pH when an acid or base is added . Water with high alkalinity can neutralize a large quantity of acid without large changes in pH on the other hand, water with high acidity can neutralize a large quantity of base without large changes in pH. Acidity is determined by measuring how much...

Ph And Water Quality

Scale Common Substances

Pure water always contains a small number of molecules that have dissociated into hydrogen ions H and hydroxyl ions OH , as illustrated by Equation 3.1. The water dissociation constant, Kw is defined as the product of the concentrations of H and OH- ions, expressed in moles per liter where enclosing a species in square brackets is chemical symbolism that represents the species concentration in moles per liter. Because the degree of dissociation increases with temperature, Kw is temperature...

National Recommended Water Quality Criteria

Adapted from EPA 822-Z-99-001, April 1999. Section 304 a 1 of the Clean Water Act requires the EPA to develop, publish, and revise water quality criteria so that they accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge. These criteria are based solely on a scientific interpretation of data concerning the relation between pollutant concentrations and environmental and human health effects. Considerations of technological feasibility or economic impacts of attaining the recommended criteria are...