Laboratory dual media filtration experiments were conducted (a) in direct filtration mode using model raw water moderate in turbidity and low in DOC, and (b) in conventional filtration mode treating water moderate in turbidity and high in DOC. Model simulations of filter performance for the removal of particles provided hypotheses for the experimental studies of dual media filtration. An increase in alum dose in direct filtration mode, while improving filter performance, also showed some disadvantages, including rapid development of head loss. Suboptimal dose in direct filtration significantly impaired the filter performance. In conventional mode, the effect of alum dose on the filter performance, while obvious, was not as dramatic as in direct filtration. Ripening indicated by particle counts occurred earlier than by turbidity and breakthrough of particle counts started earlier than breakthrough of turbidity, suggesting that turbidity can be used as a more conservative monitor of filter performance during the ripening period to minimise the risk of passage of small particles, while particle counts can be considered a more sensitive indicator of deteriorating filter performance during the breakthrough period. The lower sand layer served as a multiple barrier for particles when the performance of the anthracite layer was not effective.

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