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Laboratory study of ammonium ion removal by using zeolite (clinoptilolite) to treat drinking water/Amonio jonu salinimo is ruosiamo geriamojo vandens, naudojant ceolita (klinoptilolita), laboratoriniai tyrimai.

I. Introduction

In Lithuania only groundwater is supplied to inhabitants
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 by water supply systems, though its quality does not always correspond to the requirements of the drinking water drinking water

supply of water available to animals for drinking supplied via nipples, in troughs, dams, ponds and larger natural water sources; an insufficient supply leads to dehydration; it can be the source of infection, e.g. leptospirosis, salmonellosis, or of poisoning, e.g.
 hygiene norm (Klimas 2002; Klimas and Grego-rauskas 2002; HN 24:2003; Venkatesen and Swamina-than 2009).

The main problem is iron whose concentrations in untreated groundwater usually exceed the requirements of the hygiene norm (HN 24:2003; Juodkazis et al. 2003). However, there are cases, when the requirements are also exceeded by concentrations of ammonium ammonium /am·mo·ni·um/ (ah-mo´ne-um) the hypothetical radical, NH4, forming salts analogous to those of the alkaline metals.

ammonium carbonate
 ions (Klaipeda I, Klaipeda II, Kretinga, Telsiai I, Siauliai II, Marijampole I, Kalvarija, Preila-Pervalka, Nida, etc.).

In drinking water the maximum ammonia concentration of 1.5 mg/l is recommended by the World Health Organization to avoid changes of taste and odour of water. The current Lithuanian hygiene norm for ammonium in drinking water is 0.5 mg/l. That corresponds to the European Commission Directive where ammonia is an indicator parameter. The reasons for ammonium removal from groundwater are as follows:

a) Till ammonium ions are not removed from groundwater, manganese manganese (măng`gənēs, măn`–) [Lat.,=magnet], metallic chemical element; symbol Mn; at. no. 25; at. wt. 54.938; m.p. about 1,244°C;; b.p. about 1,962°C;; sp. gr. 7.2 to 7.  cannot be removed from groundwater (Sakalauskas and Valentukeviciene 2003; Stembal et al. 2005; Okoniewska et al. 2007).

b) Chlorinating water with a larger quantity of ammonium ions, unpleasant scented chloramines (mono-, de- and tree chloramines) are formed.

c) The use of NaClO is often related to one more specific undesirable phenomenon--partial ammonium ions oxidation to nitrites whose concentration in drinking water supplied to the water supply network cannot exceed 0.5 mg/l.

d) When ammonium ions are in water, the growth of nitrifying bacteria nitrifying bacteria: see nitrogen cycle.
nitrifying bacteria

Small group of oxygen-requiring bacteria that use nitrogen as an energy source.
 is accelerated (Regane et al. 2003). Because of the metabolic processes of ammonium oxidizing bacteria the quantities of nitrites and organic compounds increase in water (Povilaitis 2008). Therefore, the total growth of bacteria can increase in pipelines.

Ammonium can be removed from groundwater using specific aerators (physical-chemical method). This method can be used for dissolved mineral nitrogen removal that exists in the form of ammonium ions or ammonia. That is why water is alkalized to pH value of 10-11. Ammonium ions react with hydroxyl hydroxyl /hy·drox·yl/ (hi-drok´sil) the univalent radical OH.

hy·drox·yl
n.
The univalent radical or group OH, a characteristic component of bases, certain acids, phenols, alcohols, carboxylic
 ions at such pH value and unsteady ammonium hydroxides are formed that decompose de·com·pose  
v. de·com·posed, de·com·pos·ing, de·com·pos·es

v.tr.
1. To separate into components or basic elements.

2. To cause to rot.

v.intr.
1.
 into gas ammonia and water:

N[H.sup.+.sub.4] + O[H.sup.-] [left and right arrow] N[H.sub.4]OH, (1)

N[H.sub.4]OH [left and right arrow] N[H.sub.3] [up arrow] + [H.sub.2]O. (2)

Alkalised water is supplied to a gas removal unit with media which is blown by air from the bottom while the air takes ammonia removing from the water. In this way 90-95% of ammonium nitrogen can be removed from water. This method is often applied for ammonium removal from non-organic industrial wastewater. However, this method is seldom used for ammonium removal from water. The disadvantage of this method is the necessity of neutralizing water and sometimes (when large quantities of ammonium occur in water) ammonia (N[H.sub.3]) has to be removed from a gas removal unit using a blower. Besides, the efficiency of the process depends on the temperature (it has to be suitably high) and the quantity of the blown air. The need of air can be 3000 [m.sup.3] for 1 [m.sup.3] of water. So efficient blowers are necessary (high use of electric energy).

There is also a known method of ammonium ion Noun 1. ammonium ion - the ion NH4 derived from ammonia; behaves in many respects like an alkali metal ion
ammonium

ammonia - a pungent gas compounded of nitrogen and hydrogen (NH3)
 removal from water, when bacteria oxidize oxidize /ox·i·dize/ (ok´si-diz) to cause to combine with oxygen or to remove hydrogen.

ox·i·dize
v.
1. To combine with oxygen; change into an oxide.

2.
 ammonium into nitrite nitrite

Any salt or ester of nitrous acid (HNO2). The salts are inorganic compounds with ionic bonds, containing the nitrite ion (NO2) and any cation.
 and then to nitrate (nitrification nitrification /ni·tri·fi·ca·tion/ (ni?tri-fi-ka´shun) the bacterial oxidation of ammonia to nitrite and then to nitrate in the soil.

ni·tri·fi·ca·tion
n.
1.
 process) (Janda and Rudkovsky 1994; Yang 1998; Andersson et al. 2001; Miladinovic et al. 2008). The disadvantage of the method is the necessity of using additional membrane technologies at the final stage of the technology to assure the microbiological safety of drinking water (Kurama et al. 2002).

When there are extra high ammonium concentrations in water (even to 17.8 mg/l at Pervalka waterworks), its removal from water would be a better method than its nitrification, as due to unstable nitrification process ammonium can be oxidized oxidized

having been modified by the process of oxidation.


oxidized cellulose
see absorbable cellulose.
 not into nitrate but into nitrite which is more dangerous for human health (Valentukeviciene and Rimeika 2007).

Ammonium removal from drinking water is apparently a serious issue, so new methods and tools are being searched to solve it.

This investigation presents ammonium removal using natural zeolites. Zeolite zeolite

Any member of a family of hydrated aluminosilicate minerals that have a framework structure enclosing interconnected cavities occupied by large metal cations (positively charged ions)—generally sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and barium—and water
 was chosen as it is a natural, ecological sorbent sorbent /sor·bent/ (sor´bent) an agent that sorbs; see absorbent and adsorbent.

sorbent

an agent that sorbs.
 and has no negative influence on the water quality (Sakalauskas and Valentukeviciene 2003; Mazeikiene et al. 2008). Investigation on regeneration of zeolite particles was carried out using sodium chloride sodium chloride, NaCl, common salt. Properties


Sodium chloride is readily soluble in water and insoluble or only slightly soluble in most other liquids. It forms small, transparent, colorless to white cubic crystals.
 as well.

Zeolites are crystalline hydrated hy·drat·ed  
adj.
Chemically combined with water, especially existing in the form of a hydrate.

Adj. 1. hydrated - containing combined water (especially water of crystallization as in a hydrate)
hydrous
 aluminosilicates with a framework structure containing pores occupied by water and by alkali and alkaline earth alkaline earth
n.
The oxides of calcium, strontium, radium, and barium, and sometimes magnesium.
 cations. Due to their high cationexchange ability as well as the molecular sieve A molecular sieve is a material containing tiny pores of a precise and uniform size that is used as an adsorbent for gases and liquids.

Molecules small enough to pass through the pores are adsorbed while larger molecules are not.
 properties, natural zeolites (being cheap materials, easily available in large quantities in many parts of the world) show special importance in water and gas purification, adsorption adsorption, adhesion of the molecules of liquids, gases, and dissolved substances to the surfaces of solids, as opposed to absorption, in which the molecules actually enter the absorbing medium (see adhesion and cohesion).  and catalysis catalysis

Modification (usually acceleration) of a chemical reaction rate by addition of a catalyst, which combines with the reactants but is ultimately regenerated so that its amount remains unchanged and the chemical equilibrium of the conditions of the reaction is not
 (Klieve and Sek-mens 1980; Park and Komarneni 1997; Rozic at al. 2000). Clinoptilolite, being a natural zeolite with the representative unitcell formula [[Al[Si.sub.5][O.sub.12]].sub.2]([K.sub.2],[Na.sub.2],Ca) [([H.sub.2]O).sub.8] seems to be the most attractive material for ammonium removal from drinking water (Lebedynets et al. 2004; Inglezakis 2005; Sprinsky et al. 2005).

2. Materials and methods

Zeolite fractions of 0.3-0.6 mm and 0.6-1.5 mm particle sizes were used in parallel experiments. The impact of using zeolite in the filter media for ammonium removal was evaluated by comparing the concentration of ammonium in the supplied water solution with the filtered water.

Two different particle sizes of 0.3-0.6 mm and 0.6-1.5 mm (separated by calibrated cal·i·brate  
tr.v. cal·i·brat·ed, cal·i·brat·ing, cal·i·brates
1. To check, adjust, or determine by comparison with a standard (the graduations of a quantitative measuring instrument):
 sieves) of natural zeolite were used in this experimental investigation on removal of ammonium ions from drinking water. Zeolite from the Sokyrnytskaya deposit (the Transcarpathian region, Ukraine) containing 70-75% of clinoptilolite was used in this study. Granulated gran·u·late  
v. gran·u·lat·ed, gran·u·lat·ing, gran·u·lates

v.tr.
1. To form into grains or granules.

2. To make rough and grainy.

v.intr.
 natural zeolite was washed with distillate dis·til·late
n.
A liquid condensed from vapor in distillation.



distillate

a product of distillation.
 water for undesirable turbidity turbidity /tur·bid·i·ty/ (ter-bid´i-te) cloudiness; disturbance of solids (sediment) in a solution, so that it is not clear.tur´bid
Turbidity
The cloudiness or lack of transparency of a solution.
 removal and dried in a laboratory oven Laboratory ovens are ovens for high-forced volume thermal convection applications. These ovens generally provide uniform temperatures throughout. Process applications for laboratory ovens can be for annealing, die-bond curing, drying, Polyimide baking, sterilizing, and other  at a temperature of 105[degrees]C.

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Drinking water supplied for Vilnius city (Lithuania) was used for the investigation. The quality of supplied tap water was as follows: pH ~ 7.6; specific electric conductivity (SEC) ~ 514 [micro]S/cm; [Fe.sub.total] ~ 0.04 mg/l; N[H.sup.+.sub.4] ~ 0.009 mg/l; Mn < 6 [micro]g/l; Na ~ 13 mg/l; K ~ 5 mg/l; dry residual ~ 306 mg/l. Commercially available for laboratory use N[H.sub.4]Cl was mixed with supplied tap water. Initial concentration of ammonium ions in water was equal to 2 mg/l. Distillate water with ammonium ion concentration of 2 mg/l was used for the experiments.

A laboratory-scaled filter column was equipped with water mixture from a reservoir (volume of 100 l), a pump for mixture supply to the filter column, a filter column (height of 0.86 m, diameter of 0.04 m) packed with 70 mm and 210 mm in height of granular zeolite filter media for comparison purposes (Fig. 1).

Constant filtration rate of 5 m/h was conducted during the experiments. Samples of initial solution and filtrate filtrate /fil·trate/ (fil´trat) a liquid or gas that has passed through a filter.

fil·trate
v.
To put or go through a filter.

n.
 were taken for measurements every hour.

The quantitative results are presented as the arithmetic mean (mathematics) arithmetic mean - The mean of a list of N numbers calculated by dividing their sum by N. The arithmetic mean is appropriate for sets of numbers that are added together or that form an arithmetic series.  of six independent measurements (x [+ or -] SD, n = 6). Significant differences (p < 0.05) were removed from the result estimations and the measurements were analysed once again.

The data from the experimental investigation were statistically calculated from the registered analyses. The concentration of substances (Fe, Mn and N[H.sub.4.sup.+]) was measured 11 times in raw water, in sampling taps and in filtered water. The average concentration at typical points was:

[bar.c] = 1/n [k.summation summation n. the final argument of an attorney at the close of a trial in which he/she attempts to convince the judge and/or jury of the virtues of the client's case. (See: closing argument)  over (i-1)] [c.sub.i][m.sub.i] (3)

where [c.sub.i]--concentration of substances at typical points; [m.sub.i]--probability at the occurrence of concentration; n number of days; k--number of different values of the concentration.

The average concentrations of substances, mentioned above, at the characteristical point were also calculated. The standard statistical estimation error of the arithmetic average was approximatly 11%.

A spectrophotometric method with the German test MERK for ammonium ions was used for the determination of ammonium ion concentrations. SEC and pH values were determined using pH-meter "pH 323" and conductivity meter "Cond 315i".

Granulated zeolite filter media was regenerated using 10% of NaCl solution (2 litres were used for the column of 70 mm in height; 6 l were used for the column of 210 mm in height; filtration rate was 5 m/h). After regeneration procedure the zeolite filter media was washed with distillate water till filtered water reaches the conductivity of 20 [micro]S/cm or less.

The filter column with granulated zeolite media experiments were conducted continuously. Zeolite filter media comparative study scenarios included:

1. Conventional supplied tap water mixture filtration through the laboratory-scaled filter column packed with 70 mm height of 0.3-0.6 mm particle size Particle size, also called grain size, refers to the diameter of individual grains of sediment, or the lithified particles in clastic rocks. The term may also be applied to other granular materials.  zeolite media and of 0.6-1.5 mm particle size for comparison purpose (initial ammonium concentration was 2 mg/l, filtration rate was 5 m/h in both cases).

2. Distillate water mixture filtration through the laboratory-scaled filter column packed with 70 mm height of 0.6-1.5 mm particle size for comparison purpose with the first scenario (initial ammonium concentration was 2 mg/l, filtration rate was 5 m/h).

3. Supplied tap water mixture filtration through the laboratory-scaled filter column packed with 210 mm height of 0.6-1.5 mm particle size for comparison purpose with the first scenario (initial ammonium concentration was 2 mg/l, filtration rate was 5 m/h).

Three repeated experiments were performed for each operational scenario. Each experiment consisted of one control (without regeneration procedure) filter run followed by one experimental (with zeolite filter media regeneration) filter run, the latter defined by the operational scenario. Each control run generated filtered water for the sample measurement run. Experimental runs were performed directly after control runs, so that possible differences in filtration performance could be attributed to the effects of partial regeneration rather than changes in source water quality. Collected filtered water was immediately analysed by the experimental unit in the laboratory. Ammonium concentration and conductivity were measured in the collected filtered water and supplied water from a primary solution mixture reservoir.

3. Results and discussion

The following four tables present the results of the experimental investigation.

The data in the tables show that both sorbent and zeolite particle fractions (0.3-0.6 mm and 0.6-1.5 mm) were removing ammonium ions from water solution successfully. The results obtained filtering the solution of supplied tap water and NH4Cl through two filter media of the same 70 mm height with different size (0.3-0.6 mm and 0.61.5 mm) of zeolite particles are compared in Fig. 2.

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Fig. 2 shows that after 30 litres of solution was filtered through the granulated zeolite filter media when the particle size was 0.3-0.6 mm, the ammonium ion concentration of 0.644 mg/l was determined in filtrated water, whereas using the particles of 0.6-1.5 mm the concentration of ammonium ions reached 0.917 mg/l. The limit of ammonium ion concentration of 0.5 mg/l was exceeded in the 15th l of filtered water when the filter media with coarser particles was used. The result shows that both zeolite particle fractions removed ammonium ions from water solution successfully, though using finer particles for filter media a lower concentration of NH4Cl was determined in filtered water. It was noticed that using filter media with particles of 0.3-0.6 mm ammonium ion concentration in the first ten litres of filtrated water decreased firstly and then increased according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 polynomial polynomial, mathematical expression which is a finite sum, each term being a constant times a product of one or more variables raised to powers. With only one variable the general form of a polynomial is a0xn+a  dependency ([R.sup.2] = 0.907). The reason could be the turbidity of the first litres of filtrated water, which was noticed when the process of filtrating was not stable and finer particles were used for the filter media. After filtering 30 l of solution (for each fraction) through two fractions, both of them were of 70 mm in height, with different particle size (initial ammonium ion concentration of 2 mg/l) the efficiency of ammonium ion removal fluctuated from 89% to 70% (finer particles) and from 94% to 54% (coarser particles). After measuring the conductivity in the initial content and in the filtrates, it was noticed, that the conductivity was rather stable, so ammonium ion removal from filtered water was likely caused by the exchange of ions. Sodium, potassium and calcium ions, that are zeolite components, were replaced by ammonium ions during the workload of the filter. Therefore, the conductivity indicator in the filtrate remained similar to the conductivity indicator at the initial solution. Value of pH of 8 was measured in the initial content as well as in filtrates and it fluctuated marginally. Using coarse zeolite particles (0.6-1.5 mm) in the filter media for ammonium ion sorption sorption /sorp·tion/ (sorp´shun) the process or state of being sorbed; absorption or adsorption.

sorp·tion
n.
Adsorption or absorption.
, the concentration of N[H.sub.4.sup.+] increased according to power dependency ([R.sup.2] = 0.907).

Further experiments compare ammonium ion sorp-tion from water solution with different ion capacity filtering it through the media with coarse particles (the initial ammonium ion concentration was equal to 2 mg/l; solution 1 prepared of supplied tap water and N[H.sub.4]Cl; solution 2 prepared of distillate water and N[H.sub.4]Cl). The obtained results are presented in Fig. 3.

According to Fig. 3, after filtering 50 l of each solution through the zeolite media with coarse particles, different results were obtained. The ammonium ion concentration was equal to 0.14 mg/l in the 15th l of solution 2 and 1.31 mg/l in the 15th l of solution 1. Besides, ammonium ion sorption of distillate water solution was carried out according to the power dependency ([R.sup.2] = 0.991), whereas ammonium ion sorption of water supply solution was carried out according to the polynomial dependency ([R.sup.2] = 0.992). The ammonium ion concentration of 0.5 mg/l was reached in the 12th l of solution 1 (water supply), whereas ammonium ion concentration in the 12th l of solution 2 reached only 0.01 mg/l. Comparing the removal of ammonium ion from two solutions (initial ammonium ions concentration of 2 mg/l) it was noticed that ammonium ions were more efficiently removed from solution 2. After filtering 50 l of each solution through the zeolite fraction filter of 70 mm in height with coarse particles (0.6-1.5 mm), the efficiency of ammonium ion removal fluctuated from 94% to 65% in solution 1 and from 99% to 93% in solution 2. Worse results were obtained using supplied tap water because other positive ions of tap water participated in ammonium ion exchange.

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The efficiency of ammonium ion removal from water solutions using two zeolite fractions media are presented in Fig. 4.

The data in Fig. 4 show that the efficiency of ammonium ion sorption from water solutions decreases following the time run in all the cases. After six-hour filtration the changes of the efficiency of N[H.sub.4.sup.+] (99.9-94.2%) from solution 2 (distillate water) were the least. It was noticed that the efficiency of N[H.sub.4]Cl removal using solution of tap water and N[H.sub.4]Cl was not so high (67-89%, finer particles and 55-93%, coarser particles).

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It was observed that the efficiency of ammonium ion sorption in solution 1 varied when the filter model was switched off for some time (night, weekend) and the filtering process was disturbed. After the interval the efficiency of ammonium ion removal from water increased (Fig. 4, Tables 1-4). Searching the phenomenon of the increase of the efficiency of N[H.sub.4] removal after the interval, further studies were carried out with fraction media packed with coarser particles. Coarser particles were chosen because of the industrial convenience to use coarse particles for fraction media for treating drinking water. The results of the experiments showed that ammonium ions were removed from water using coarse particles (0.6-1.5 mm) only marginally less efficiently than using finer particles (0.3-0.6 mm). According to further studies, ammonium ion concentration increased when the quantity of filtered water increased, though after switching off the filter model for a night or a weekend (after filtering 75, 140, 212, 289 and 377 l) ammonium ion concentration decreased noticeably. It was determined that after switching on the filter model after 14-hour interval ammonium ion concentration was by 0.43 mg/l lower than before the interval. The phenomenon can be explain+ed b+y partial regeneration of zeolite media because [Na.sup.+], [K.sup.+], [Ca.sup.2+] ions were present in solution 1 as it was prepared using tap water.

Filter model media was regenerated filtering it with 10% of sodium chloride when the filtration rate was 5 m/h. After that the media were rinsed with distillate water. Then solution 1 was filtered again. The obtained results are presented in Figs. 5 and 6.

It was noticed that ammonium ion concentration in regenerated filter media was lower. Using coarser particles for filter media (height of 70 mm), the difference of ammonium ion concentrations was 0.823 mg/l, whereas using filter media with the height of 210 mm (particles of the same size) the difference of ammonium ion concentration was 1.152 mg/l. Better results were obtained when three times higher filtering media was regenerated using three times bigger quantity of 10% of sodium chloride than the results using the media with the height of 70 mm. It was also noticed that after regenerating filtering media with the height of 210 mm and starting filtering solution 1, the ammonium concentration in the first 10 l of filtrate was decreasing. The concentration reached the limit of 0.32.5 mg/l in the 11th l of filtrate and then was gradually increasing, the same as it was before regeneration. The conclusion is that a bigger quantity of zeolite particle filter This article is about the statistical method. For the pollution control device, see diesel particulate filter.

Particle filters, also known as Sequential Monte Carlo methods (SMC), are sophisticated model estimation techniques based on simulation.
 media can be easier regenerated. After the filtering process is stable the ammonium ion removal is more efficient (11 litres of solution was filtrated in 1.4 h). The ammonium concentration decreased to 1.675 mg/l when the initial concentration was 2 mg/l. When the ability of ammonium ions to exchange is too low, they can be regenerated using the solution of NaCl. After filtering 10 litres of filtrate through the filter media with the height of 210 mm using coarse particles, the efficiency of ammonium ions removal reached 84%.

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The fact, that zeolite particle media were successfully regenerated using NaCl solution, confirmed the presumption that ammonium ions were removed from the solutions due to exchange of potassium ions (that are components of zeolite) with ammonium ions from water. Small quantities of [Na.sup.+] ions that accidentally passed into filtrate could not have any negative effect on the quality of drinking water as ammonium ion concentration in solution 1 was 13 mg/l, whereas the hygiene norm HN 24:2003 permits ammonium ion concentration of 200 mg/l. To a conclusion, both tested fractions of zeolite particle media can be used for an efficient removal of ammonium ions from water that is treated as drinking water and where all the other indicators are similar to tested water.

5. Conclusions

1. The laboratory experiment with a model of two natural zeolite fraction media with different zeolite particle size of 0.3-0.6 mm and 0.6-1.5 mm gave possibility of ammonium ion removal from water solutions when water was treated for drinking purposes.

2. After filtering 30 litres of solution 1 (initial ammonium ion concentration was 2 mg/l) through a laboratoryscaled filter column packed with 70 mm height of 0.3-0.6 mm particle size zeolite media and 0.6-1.5 mm particle size, the efficiency fluctuated from 89% to 70% (finer particles) and from 94% to 54% (coarser particles).

3. After measuring conductivity at the initial content and filtrates, it was noticed that it changed marginally. The presumption is that the removal of ammonium ions was carried out due to exchange of ions (ammonium ions were replaced by [Na.sup.+], [K.sup.+] and [Ca.sup.+] ions that are components of zeolite).

4. Comparing ammonium ion removal from two solutions (solution 1--supplied tap water and N[H.sub.4]Cl; solution 2 distillate water and N[H.sub.4]Cl; initial ammonium concentration of 2 mg/l), it was noticed that ammonium ion removal from solution 2 was significantly more efficient. After filtrating 50 litres of both solutions through media packed with 70 mm height of coarser particle (0.6-1.5 mm) zeolite media, the efficiency of ammonium ion removal fluctuated from 94% to 65% (solution 1) and from 99% to 93% (solution 2).

5. When the ability of ammonium ions to exchange is too low, they can be regenerated using the solution of NaCl. After filtering 10 litres of filtrate through the filter media with the height of 210 mm using coarse particles, the efficiency of ammonium ion removal reached 84%.

6. However, such processes still need to be proved in more extensive investigations, but these study results could be applied as a basic scenario.

Submitted 25 Nov. 2008; accepted 7 Apr. 2009

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2. To fertilize (an ovum, for example).

3.
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Ausra MAZEIKIENE. Dr, Assoc. Prof., Dept of Water Management, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuanian: Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas or VGTU) is one of the two technical universities in Lithuania. History  (VGTU VGTU Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas (Latvia) ), Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania. Doctor of Science (environmental engineering), VGTU, 2005. Publications: author of more than 15 research papers. Research interests: water treatment, ecotechnologies for water management.

Marina VALENTUKEVICIENE. Dr, Assoc. Prof., Dept of Water Management, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU), Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania. Doctor of Science (environmental engineering), VGTU, 2003. Publications: author of more than 20 research papers. Research interests: water treatment, ecotechnologies for water management.

Juozas JANKAUSKAS. Dr, Assoc. Prof., Dept of Chemistry, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU), Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania. Doctor of Science (analytic chemistry), VISI VISI Volar Intercalated Segmental Instability
VISI Vision Information Systems, Inc.
VISI Ventral Intercalated Segmental Instability
, 1972. Publications: author of more than 80 research papers. Research interests: environmental analytic chemistry, drinking water treatment technologies.

Ausra Mazeikiene (1), Marina Valentukeviciene (2), Juozas Jankauskas (3)

(1,2) Dept of Water Management, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania (3) Dept of Chemistry, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania E-mail: (1) Ausra.Mazeikiene@vgtu.lt; (2) Marina.

Valentukeviciene@vgtu.lt; (3) Juozas.Jankauskas@vgtu.lt
Table 1. Ammonium ion sorption in zeolite filter media of a height of
70 mm with particle size of 0.3-0.6 mm (solution mixture of tap water
and N[H.sub.4]Cl)

                              Filtered      Residual
Start / Stand    Filtration     water     concentration,
by time            run, h     volume, l        mg/l

11 Jan. 2007        0.09         1.00         0.400
Start 14.00
Stand by 17.30      3.50        27.80         0.644
12 Jan. 2007        0.01        27.83         0.484
Start 9.30
Stand by 17.00      7.50        87.43         1.265
15 Jan. 2007        0.01        87.50         0.886
Start 9.30
Stand by 10.40      1.17        96.73         0.922

                                    Removal
Start / Stand     Concentracion    efficiency,
by time          reduction, mg/l       %

11 Jan. 2007          1.600           80.0
Start 14.00
Stand by 17.30        1.356           67.8
12 Jan. 2007          1.516           75.8
Start 9.30
Stand by 17.00        0.735           36.8
15 Jan. 2007          1.114           55.7
Start 9.30
Stand by 10.40        1.078           53.9

Table 2. Ammonium ion sorption in zeolite filter media of a height of
70 mm with particle size of 0.6-1.5 mm (solution mixture of tap water
and N[H.sub.4]Cl)

                              Filtered      Residual
Start /          Filtration    water      concentration,
Stand by time      run, h     volume, l        mg/l

22 Jan. 2007        0.09         1.00         0.123
Start 13.00
Stand by 16.50      3.83        30.45         0.917
23 Jan. 2007        0.05        30.50         0.320
Start 9.45
Stand by 18.00      8.25        96.04         1.210
24 Jan. 2007        0.06        96.50         0.688
Start 8.45
Stand by 9.30       0.75       101.98         0.785
25 Jan. 2007        0.50       106.44         0.964
Start 11.30
Stand by 14.45      3.25       128.30         1.191
26 Jan. 2007        0.08       128.94         0.833
Start 9.25
Stand by 12.15      2.83       150.81         1.349
29 Jan. 2007 zeolite media was regenerated using 2 l 10% NaCl solution
29 Jan. 2007        0.08       151.45         0.526
Start 11.15
Stand by 14.45      3.50       178.78         1.283
30 Jan. 2007        0.25       180.77         0.656
Start 8.00
Stand by 8.45       0.75       184.75         0.935

Start /           Concentracion      Removal
Stand by time    reduction, mg/l   efficiency, %

22 Jan. 2007          1.877            93.9
Start 13.00
Stand by 16.50        1.083            54.2
23 Jan. 2007          1.680            84.0
Start 9.45
Stand by 18.00        0.790            39.5
24 Jan. 2007          1.312            65.6
Start 8.45
Stand by 9.30         1.215            60.8
25 Jan. 2007          1.036            51.8
Start 11.30
Stand by 14.45        0.809            40.5
26 Jan. 2007          1.167            58.4
Start 9.25
Stand by 12.15        0.651            32.6
29 Jan. 2007 zeolite media was regenerated using 2 l 10% NaCl solution
29 Jan. 2007          1.474            73.7
Start 11.15
Stand by 14.45        0.717            35.9
30 Jan. 2007          1.344            67.2
Start 8.00
Stand by 8.45         1.065            53.3

Table 3. Ammonium ion sorption in zeolite filter media of a height of
70 mm with particle size of 0.6-1.5 mm (solution mixture of distillate
water and N[H.sub.4]Cl)

                              Filtered      Residual
Start /          Filtration    water      concentration,
Stand by time      run, h     volume, l        mg/l

21 Feb. 2007        0.13         1.00         0.001
Start 10.15         1.38        10.97         0.005
                    1.88        14.95         0.018
                    4.88        38.80         0.088
Stand by 16.40      6.42        51.00         0.142

Start /          Concentracion       Removal
Stand by time    reduction, mg/l   efficiency, %

21 Feb. 2007          1.999            99.9
Start 10.15           1.995            99.8
                      1.982            99.1
                      1.912            95.6
Stand by 16.40        1.858            92.9

Table 4. Ammonium ion sorption in zeolite filter media of a height
of 210 mm with particle size of 0.6-1.5 mm (solution mixture of
tap water and N[H.sub.4]Cl)

                              Filtered      Residual
Start / Stand    Filtration     water     concentration,
by time            run, h     volume, l        mg/l

1                    2            3             4

30 Jan. 2007        0.25        1.99          0.065
Start 9.45
Stand by 19.15      9.5         75.53         0.580
31 Jan. 2007        0.25        77.52         0.255
Start 8.15
Stand by 18.15      10.0       157.02         0.853
01 Feb. 2007        0.17       158.37         0.465
Start 9.50
Stand by 18.50      9.0        229.92         1.284
02 Feb. 2007        0.08       230.58         0.810
Start 9.00
Stand by 19.00      10.0       310.08         1.738
07 Feb. 2007        0.25       312.07         0.977
Start 9.00
Stand by 20.00      11.0       399.52         1.898
08 Feb. 2007        0.08       400.16         1.363
Start 10.30
Stand by 18.00      7.5        459.15          1.98
13 Feb. 2007 zeolite media was regenerated using 6 l 10% NaCl solution
14 Feb. 2007        0.13       460.80         0.828
Start 8.00          0.39       462.80         0.468
                    0.78       465.81         0.367
                    1.30       469.81         0.346
                    1.95       474.80         0.353
Stand by 11.15      3.25       484.81         0.482

Start / Stand     Concentracion      Removal
by time          reduction, mg/l   efficiency, %

1                       5                6

30 Jan. 2007          1.935            96.8
Start 9.45
Stand by 19.15        1.420            71.0
31 Jan. 2007          1.745            87.3
Start 8.15
Stand by 18.15        1.147            57.4
01 Feb. 2007          1.535            76.8
Start 9.50
Stand by 18.50        0.716            35.8
02 Feb. 2007          1.190            59.5
Start 9.00
Stand by 19.00        0.262            13.1
07 Feb. 2007          1.023            51.2
Start 9.00
Stand by 20.00        0.102             5.1
08 Feb. 2007          0.637            31.9
Start 10.30
Stand by 18.00        0.020             1.0
13 Feb. 2007 zeolite media was regenerated using 6 l 10% NaCl solution
14 Feb. 2007          1.172            58.6
Start 8.00            1.532            76.6
                      1.633            81.7
                      1.654            82.7
                      1.647            82.4
Stand by 11.15        1.518            75.9
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