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close this bookSurface Water Treatment by Roughing Filters - A Design, Construction and Operation Manual (SKAT, 1996)
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close this folderPart 1: General aspects of roughing filter application
View the document1. Historical development and experience with water treatment
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close this folder3. Raw water quality
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close this folder4. Solid matter separation
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View the document8. Classification of roughing filters
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View the document9.1 Main features
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close this folder10. Detailed filter design
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close this folder12. Selection criteria for roughing filters
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View the document12.1 Raw water quality as selection criteria
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close this folder13. Construction of roughing filters
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View the document13.1 Filter box
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close this folder14. Operation and maintenance of roughing filters
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View the document16.1. Treatment of an upland river
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View the documentSimple methods for water quality analysis
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13.1 Filter box

Filter structures can generally be located below or above ground, as illustrated in Fig. 45. The respective choice depends on soil characteristics, available construction material and hydraulic profile. On a flat surface, gravity flow often requires the structures to be placed below ground. This, however, might cause some problems or additional costs for adequate drainage of the washwater. A partially buried filter will require less excavation work and provide support to the sidewalls by the back-filled soil.


Fig. 45 Location and Materials of Roughing Filter Boxes

Roughing filters are usually shallow structures of about 0.6 m (intake and dynamic filters) to 1 - 2 m (roughing filters). The size of the filter box is dependent on hydraulic capacity (see also Section 9.4) and filter length. The filter boxes should not be too big (maximum filter area for vertical-flow roughing filters should amount to 25 30 m², maximum cross section area for horizontal-flow roughing filters about 4 - 6 m²), to avoid problems with high washwater discharge rates. Furthermore, the filter box should also not be too high (preferably around 1 m) to allow easy removal of the filter material during manual cleaning.

A trench excavated in impervious soil, such as clay, silt or lateritic ground, presents a low-cost solution for a filter box. The trench has sloping sidewalls which do not exceed the slope stability of the water-saturated soil (slope less than 1:1). Lining of the base and sidewalls prevents clean filter material from mixing with the surrounding ground. A layer of sand, prefabricated slabs, in-situ applied coatings (concrete lining, ferro-cement, lime mortar) or in exceptional circumstances (e.g. refugee camps), prefabricated plastic linings or the use of geotextiles, are the most appropriate materials to use.

A watertight box has to be constructed in permeable ground or if the filter is installed above ground. In such cases, vertical sidewalls are recommended. Burnt clay bricks with cement mortar lining, concrete bricks or reinforced concrete should be used for such filter boxes. The foundation and floors of the box need special attention to avoid cracks caused by uneven soil settlement. Finally, watertight expansion joints will probably have to be made for long filter boxes constructed for horizontal-flow roughing filters. Alternatively, long filter boxes resting on difficult ground can be split into two or more separate units with flexible pipes interconnecting the compartments. U-shaped units can also reduce the total length of filter boxes. In such a layout, inlet and outlet are to be placed on the same filter side, and the box divided into two equal parts by a longitudinal separation wall.

The filter box should be tested for watertight-ness, preferably before it is filled with filter material. Leaks can be detected and repaired more easily in an empty structure. Special attention must be paid to the joints at the floor-wall interface or the inlet and outlet boxes fixed to the filter box. Watertight joints require water stoppers made of PVC or rubber. Other weak points in the structure include the pipe sealings which possibly need additional reinforcement to prevent cracking of the walls, and seep rings to prevent leaks.