In this post, I want to share you how to calculate water treatment plant capacity. I used this term to avoid misunderstanding.
- Raw water is untreated water coming from water source, such as from wellwater, river, or seawater
- Utility water is raw water which has been treated and used in plant, such as for personal hygiene (flushing), utility station, cooling tower make up
- Potable water is sufficiently high quality water which is provided for drinking, cooking, laundry, and safety shower/eye wash
- Demineralized water is treated water which is usually used as chemical dilution of MDEA or boiler feed water
Water treatment plant capacity calculation begins with demin water demand, potable water demand, utility water demand, and the last is raw water demand.
Demineralized Water Demand
I don’t have experience in calculating demineralized water demand for amine contactor or chemical dilution. So, in this post, I assume demineralized water is used as boiler feed water. Let say we have boiler with capacity of 10 ton/hour. Assume blow down rate is 3%.
Demin water demand is = (1+3%) x 10 ton/hour = 10.3 ton/hour
Assuming density of water is 995 kg/m3 so, demin water demand is 10.35 m3/h or 45.57 USgpm.
Potable Water Demand
Let us assume potable water is provided for safety shower/eye washer and building.
- Emergency shower = 20 USgpm (based on ANSI/ISEA Z358.1, operated for 15 minutes a day)
- Eye wash = 3 USgpm (based on ANSI/ISEA Z358.1, operated for 15 minutes a day)
- Drinking water user, assume number of person 50 person
Normal consumption includes drinking, cooking, and laundry
Drinking = 2 L/person/day
Cooking = 60 L/person/day
Laundry = 30 L/person/day
Total = 92 L/person/day. Let us take 100 L/person/day for this calculation
For 50 person, the total is = 5000 L/day or 0.92 USgpm
Peak demand is typically 5-10 L/person/h. So we take 10 L/person/h (total = 500 L/h or 2 USgpm)
Potable water demand must consider peak demand = 20 + 3 + 2.2 = 25.2 USgpm
Utility Water Demand
Let us assume uitlity water is provided for personal hygiene, utility connection, and cooling water make up.
- Personal hygiene (including WC flushing)
Consumption = 110 L/person/day
Contingency = 11 L/person/day (10%)
Total = 121 L/person/day
Assuming 50 person, so total is 6050 L/day or 1.1 USgpm
- Utility station
Consumption = 22 USgpm
- Cooling water makeup
Cooling water make up is function of evaporation, drift loss, and blowdown.
To calculate cooling water makeup, let us assume:
Circulation flow = 1000 USgpm
Inlet temperature = 95 F
Outlet temperature = 85 F
Cycle of concentration = 5
Drift loss = 0.2% of circulation flow (varies between 0.1% and 0.2%)
Evaporation loss = 0.00085 x delta T x circulation flow = 0.00085 x (95-85) x 1000 = 8.5 USgpm
Drift loss = 0.2% x circulation flow = 0.2% x 1000 USgpm = 2 USgpm
Blowdown = evaporation loss/ (Cycle of concentration – 1) = 8.5/(5-1) = 2.13 USgpm
Cooling water makeup = evaporation loss + drift loss + blowdown = 8.5 + 2 + 2.13 = 12.63 USgpm
Utility water demand = 1.1 + 22 + 12.63 = 35.73 USgpm (peak)
After we identified all water demand, then put the demand in water balance.
From water balance above we can see that :
- Capacity of utility water package (using filtration & reverse osmosis) = 252.06 USgpm
- Capacity of potable water package = 25.2 USgpm
- Capacity of demineralized water package = 45.57 USgpm
The above capacity is not considering storage tank at each type of water. If you use store the water at respective storage tank (utility water storage tan, potable water storage tank, and demineralized water storage tank), you can reduce the capacity of each water treatment package. The storing days should be enough so that water requirement is always fulfilled. Take example, 3 days storing time. Water capacity can be reduced by 50%, so that:
- Capacity of utility water package = 126.03 USgpm
- Capacity of potable water package = 12.6 USgpm
- Capacity of demineralized water package = 22.78 USgpm
- Capacity of utility water distribution pump = 35.73 USgpm (based on previous calculation)
- Capacity of potable water distribution pump = 25.2 USgpm (based on previous calculation)
- Capacity of demineralized water distribution pump = 45.57 USgpm (based on previous calculation)