CO2 gas with a special isotopic signature (δ13C = −35.2‰ vs. VPDB) was used as a marker to evaluate the efficiency of a drinking water treatment method and the effect of an ultrasonic (US) stirrer. This treatment was developed to prevent precipitation and corrosion effects in water–supply systems. The research work was performed using a laboratory-scale pilot plant that was filled with tap water. The stable isotope analyses of δ13C-DIC (Dissolved Inorganic Carbon) in the water samples indicated that the maximum content of added CO2 gas in DIC was in the range of 35 to 45%. The use of the US stirrer during the entire experiment decreased the method's overall efficiency by 10%, due to degassing at a late stage of the experiment but accelerated the dissolution process in the early experimental stage.
Use of a stable carbon isotope to assess the efficiency of a drinking water treatment method with CO2
M. Poberžnik, A. Leis, A. Lobnik; Use of a stable carbon isotope to assess the efficiency of a drinking water treatment method with CO2. Water Sci Technol 1 March 2012; 65 (6): 983–988. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2012.008
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