Nitrate removal from water by ion exchange

Marija Nujić1*, Dragana Milinković2, Mirna Habuda-Stanić1

 1Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Food Technology Osijek, F. Kuhača 20, 31000 Osijek, Croatia
Agrokontrola d.o.o., Laboratory Virovitica, Matije Gupca 254, Virovitica

 original scientific paper
DOI: 10.17508/CJFST.2017.9.2.15


High concentrations of nitrate in water, both in surface and in groundwater, is a consequence of geological composition of soil or human activity. Increased concentrations of nitrate in drinking water is a serious hazard to human health, causing abnormalities such as cancerous growth in human digestion system, while excessive nitrate intake via drinking water can cause methemoglobinemia in infants. Furthermore, the presence of nitrate in aquifers can stimulate eutrophication, which compromise the growth of algae and depletion of dissolved oxygen. Natural and chemical fertilizers in crop production, detergent manufacturing, uncontrolled land discharge of municipal wastewater, and industrial wastes have been identified as the main sources of nitrate in water sources. Nitrate is a stable, highly soluble ion that is difficult to remove by conventional water treatment methods such as coagulation and flocculation. The ion exchange is the most widely used procedure for removing nitrate from water. In this research the possibility of removing nitrate from water was examined by using commercial ion exchangers: Duolite A7 and Relite A490, respectively. The influence of the initial concentration of nitrate  (10, 50 and 100 mg/l), the contact time (15 – 1440 min) and the mass of the ion exchanger (0.1 to 0.6 g) was also examined.

Keywords: nitrate, water, nitrate removal, ion exchange