Riverbank Filtration

Improving Source-Water Quality

  • Chittaranjan Ray
  • Gina Melin
  • Ronald B. Linsky

Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 43)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Chittaranjan Ray, Jüurgen Schubert, Ronald B. Linsky, Gina Melin
      Pages 1-15
  3. Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Henry Hunt, Jürgen Schubert, Chittaranjan Ray
      Pages 19-27
    3. Stephen Hubbs, Kay Ball, David L. Haas, Michael J. Robison
      Pages 49-59
    4. Henry Hunt, Jürgen Schubert, Chittaranjan Ray
      Pages 61-70
  4. Contaminant Removal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Jack Schijven, Philip Berger, Ilkka Miettinen
      Pages 73-116
    3. W. Joshua Weiss, Edward J. Bouwer, William P. Ball, Charles R. O’Melia, Harish Arora, Thomas F. Speth
      Pages 147-173
    4. Hans-Joachim Mälzer, Jürgen Schubert, Rolf Gimbel, Chittaranjan Ray
      Pages 229-259
    5. Thomas F. Speth, Till Merkel, Alison M. Gusses
      Pages 261-265
  5. Research, Needs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. William D. Gollnitz
      Pages 281-290
    3. Thomas Grischek, Dagmar Schoenheinz, Chittaranjan Ray
      Pages 291-302
    4. Philippe Baveye, Philip Berger, Jack Schijven, Thomas Grischek
      Pages 311-319
    5. Ingrid M. Verstraeten, Thomas Heberer
      Pages 321-330
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 331-366

About this book


Chittaranjan Ray, Ph. D. , P. E. University of Hawaii at Mãnoa Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Jürgen Schubert, M. Sc. Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG Düsseldorf, Germany Ronald B. Linsky National Water Research Institute Fountain Valley, California, United States Gina Melin National Water Research Institute Fountain Valley, California, United States 1. What is Riverbank Filtration? The purpose ofthis book is to show that riverbank filtration (RBF) isa low-cost and efficient alternative water treatment for drinking-water applications. There are two immediate benefits to the increased use of RBF: Minimized need for adding chemicals like disinfectants and coagulants to surface water to control pathogens. Decreased costs to the community without increased risk to human health. Butwhat,exactly, isRBF? In humid regions, river water naturally percolates through the ground into aquifers (which are layers of sand and gravel that contain water underground) during high-flow conditions. In arid regions, most rivers lose flow, and the percolating water passes through soil and aquifer material until it reaches the water table. During these percolation processes, potential contaminants present in river water are filtered and attenuated. If there are no other contaminants present in the aquifer or ifthe respective contaminants are present at lower concentrations, the quality of water in the aquifer can be ofhigher quality than that found in theriver. In RBF, production wells — which are placed near the banks ofrivers —pump large quantities ofwater.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Chittaranjan Ray
    • 1
  • Gina Melin
    • 2
  • Ronald B. Linsky
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Hawaii at MãnoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.National Water Research InstituteFountain ValleyUSA

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