The treatment of textile wastewater, containing a high concentration of Cl- ion, by an electrochemical method using Ti/RuO2, Ti/Pt and Ti/Pt/Ir electrodes is investigated. All three anodes proved to be very effective in direct or indirect oxidation of organics present in the wastewater.
After 60 min of electrolysis at 6 A/dm2, COD was reduced by 85-92% and DOC by about 85%. Of the three electrodes tested, the efficiency of organics removal followed the order: Ti/RuO2 > Ti/Pt > Ti/Pt/Ir. The electrochemical treatment of textile wastewater resulted in the production of many chloroorganics in high concentration. GC-MS analysis showed the presence of the following major products: 1,1-dichlorocyclopentene, 2,3-dichloro-2-methylbutane, chloromethylsilane, 2,3-dichloro-2-methyl butanoic acid, 2,3-dichloro-2-methyl propanol, 2,3-dimethyl-2, 3-butanediol and 2-butylphenol.