Modifications of unit processes for finished water quality improvement at the Kueui water treatment plant in Seoul

M. J. Yu, H. M. Cho, J. Y. Koo, I. S. Han, E. M. Gwon, H. K. Oh

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Recently, Seoul city has tried to modify and upgrade the existing facilities and utilities and to improve the established water treatment plants, instead of application of a new treatment process. These efforts have finally lowered the turbidity of finished water below 0.1 NTU. Small lab-scale and pilot-scale experiments have been conducted and they have provided optimum parameters for the design and operation of drinking water treatment plants. In addition, quantitative and/or trace analysis technologies developed for monitoring water quality of effluent from unit processes and automization of facilities, have contributed to the improvement of turbidity in drinking water. The Kueui water treatment plant, one of the drinking water treatment plants in Seoul, produces finished water with 0.08 NTU. It results from the operators' continuous endeavor to lower the turbidity in a scale of 0.01 NTU. The data for 12 months indicated that turbidity of settled water was less than 1.16 NTU and that of filtered water was less than 0.12 NTU for 95% of the period. Sedimentation basins and sand filters satisfy the recommended turbidity criteria, 2 NTU and 0.3 NTU, respectively. Also Kueui water treatment plant has focused on the control of organic matters to decrease in DBPs and on the removal of microorganisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-199
Number of pages7
JournalWater Science and Technology: Water Supply
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 2002


  • Comprehensive performance evaluation (CPE)
  • Turbidity
  • Upgrading
  • Water treatment plant


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