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How to Calculate Chlorine Dose

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Water treatment plants convert fresh water into potable drinking water, removing
contaminants and killing bacteria that are harmful when ingested. A common method of
cleaning the water being processed is with the use of chlorine. When using chlorine in
the water it is important to carefully monitor the amount used -- to ensure enough
chlorine is infused to kill harmful bacteria -- while not over-chlorinating the water and

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making it dangerous. This is performed by applying a basic formula to the treatment


facility's water flow data.

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1 Check the flow rate of the facility in million gallons per day (MGD). For example, a
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Multiply the MGD by 8.34 lbs per gallon. In the example, the result would be 12.51.
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Multiply the result by the desired concentration of chlorine in milligrams per liter.
For the example, a desired concentration of 4 milligrams per liter would be
multiplied by 12.51 to yield a result of 50 pounds of chlorine per day.

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Check the flow rate of the facility in million gallons per day (MGD). For example, a

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Divide the daily chlorine input by the MGD flow of the facility. In the example, the
result would yield 33.33.

Divide the result by 8.34 pounds per gallon to find the chlorine concentration. In the

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