In designing a chlorination system, environmental engineers must select the chlorine form, the method of feeding chlorine, the size of the chlorinator, the control system, and the auxiliary components.
Chlorine is commercially available in several forms including almost pure chlorine liquid, compressed in cylinders (or tanks for larger plants). When the liquid is released at room temperature, it vaporizes, and the gas is fed into the water stream where it readily goes into solution. This form of chlorine is the least expensive.
Another form is a powder, usually calcium hypochlo-rite, which is mixed with water in a plastic drum. The third form is sodium hypochlorite. Commercial liquid bleaches can also be used but are expensive since they contain only 15% or less of available chlorine.
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