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Bioremediation of Turbid Surface Water UNIT 1G.

Using Seed Extract from the Moringa
oleifera Lam. (Drumstick) Tree
Michael Lea1
Safe Water International, Carpinteria, California

An indigenous water treatment method uses Moringa oleifera seeds in the form of a crude
water-soluble extract in suspension, resulting in an effective natural clarification agent
for highly turbid and untreated pathogenic surface water. Efficient reduction (80.0%
to 99.5%) of high turbidity produces an aesthetically clear supernatant, concurrently
accompanied by 90.00% to 99.99% (1 to 4 log) bacterial reduction. Application of this
low-cost Moringa oleifera protocol is recommended for water treatment where rural and
peri-urban people living in extreme poverty are presently drinking highly turbid and
microbiologically contaminated water. Curr. Protoc. Microbiol. 33:1G.1-1G.8.  C 2014

by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Keywords: Moringa oleifera r coagulation r flocculation r household water treatment
r developing countries

In poor countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America, approximately 1.4 billion
rural and peri-urban people live deplorably in extreme poverty (<$1.25 U.S. per day),
struggling day-to-day to survive. The majority rely almost exclusively upon traditional
sources of highly turbid and untreated pathogenic (viral and bacterial) surface water for
their domestic water needs.

Since time immemorial, the indigenous method employing crushed seed powder from
the pan-tropical Moringa oleifera Lam. (M. oleifera) tree has resulted in an effective
natural flocculating agent, providing a low-cost household solution to the critical need
for potable water in rural riparian communities.

A literature review indicates that M. oleifera seeds coagulate 80.0% to 99.5% (Madsen
et al., 1987) of turbidity (surrogate for suspended fine particles) and color (surrogate
for natural organic material), efficiently leading to an aesthetically clear supernatant. As
a safer indicator, this was concurrently accompanied by a 90.00% to 99.99% bacterial
load reduction concentrated in the sedimented sludge (Madsen et al., 1987). These
findings highlight the importance of widespread dissemination of this rudimentary water
treatment protocol (see Basic Protocol and Support Protocol) among the rural and peri-
urban marginalized poorest of poor communities, contributing to the overall quality of
life through the provision of potable water.

CAUTION: The relationship between infectious turbidity dosage (pathogens attached

to suspended particles) and host susceptibility, especially among the malnourished and
vulnerable (children under 5), is a complicated and critical factor that contributes to the
likelihood of acquiring a waterborne illness, i.e., diarrhea, a leading cause of extreme
child morbidity and mortality in the developing world. Rudimentary M. oleifera usage
can produce potable water of higher quality than the original source, but is unable to

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guarantee 100% complete viral and/or bacterial elimination immediately after treatment
or storage. If at all possible, additional low-cost treatment process is recommended.

CAUTION: Since chlorine-based disinfectants react with natural organic material, ex-
erting a chlorine demand (precursor to the emergence of chlorination byproducts, i.e.,
carcinogenic trihalomethanes), the use of M. oleifera crude extract in conjunction with
primitive application of chlorine-based disinfectants is not recommended.

There are three overall strategic points of planning to consider.

Seed Powder or Seed Cake?

M. oleifera seeds contain 35% to 40% oil by weight (Levicki, 2005), and can first be
processed to yield a high-quality edible vegetable oil “high in oleic acid” (Sutherland
et al., 1994) that resists rancidity (Fahey, 2005). Of particular importance, the seed cake
(presscake) remaining after oil extraction still retains the active flocculating properties
for removing turbidity without diminished efficacy.

Since the oil, commonly referred to as Ben oil, possesses local market value, adoption of
the presscake as a primary coagulant is overwhelmingly advantageous when compared
to the use of seed powder. Therefore, if possible, it is recommended that oil extraction
be implemented beforehand to capture value-added commodities.

Dosage Rates?
As a general rule of thumb, one shelled seed (200 mg) is used to treat 1 liter of very
turbid surface water (Doerr, 2005).

In light of logistical complications within a primitive household level of action, i.e., the
inherent variability of raw water conditions and dosage performance, it is recommended
that simple village jar test procedures be undertaken to determine the best clarification
dose (see Support Protocol 1).

Performance Considerations
As a clarifying agent, there is an important limitation with M. oleifera seed extract, i.e.,
the crude extract is unsuitable for low-turbidity waters (Dorea, 2006). “This may be
due to the low molecular weight of the coagulant and the patch mechanism of charge
neutralization and floc formation that forms smaller and light flocs” (Bratby, 2006). This
is an important consideration, for example, if one is contemplating using M. oleifera as
a turbidity-removing agent before the SODIS disinfection method. (Yazdani, 2007; also
see UNIT 1G.1).


No matter what technology is used for treating water, all methods have to overcome the
hurdle of removing turbidity from the raw source water, which is a crucial step toward
water treatment.

This standard method for water clarification is performed with locally available materials
and may be modified according to specific local conditions.
of Turbid Water
Using Extract CAUTION: Rudimentary Moringa oleifera use can produce potable water of higher
from Drumstick quality, but is unable to guarantee (100%) virus- and/or bacteria-free water immediately
after treatment. Boiling the water (see step 15) is therefore recommended.
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Moringa oleifera Lam. mature fruit pods or presscake
1/2 cup (125 ml) of clean or previously clarified water
10 liters raw source water

Household spice crusher (grinding stone or mortar)

0.8-mm mesh (e.g., tea strainer)
One clean screw-capped glass bottle [soda or beer bottle, 12 oz. (341 ml)]
One wooden paddle-type utensil
Muslin or cotton filter cloth
One designated water-collection container
NOTE: The following protocol is designed to treat 10 liters of highly turbid (muddy) raw
surface water using a rough guideline dosage concentration of 1 seed (200 mg) per liter.

1a. If using presscake: Proceed directly to step 4.

1b. If preparing fresh seed powder: Proceed with step 2.
2. Harvest mature (brown) fruit pods from tree.
It has been experienced that the “level of polyelectrolyte present in the kernels is sub-
stantially less during the wet season”; therefore, it is recommended the seeds “should be
harvested during the dry season only” (Fuglie, 2000).

3. Crack fruit pods along seam and pluck out seeds.

Depending on pod size, each fruit may contain 5 to 20 seeds.
4. Dry seeds or seed cake (presscake) for 2 to 3 days in direct sunlight.
5. After 2 to 3 days of outside drying, remove the seed coat and the wings from the
white/yellowish seed kernels (cotyledons).
Remove (do not use) discolored or softened seeds (Jahn, 1988).

6. Using a mortar or a grinding stone, pound and crush the seed kernels (from step 4)
or presscake thoroughly into a fine powder.
Traditional techniques employed for the production of maize flour would be ideal for this
particular stage.

7. Sieve the seed or seed cake powder through 0.8-mm mesh or similar, e.g., a tea
The fine powder has a 1 to 2 month shelf life if stored in air-tight plastic bags in a cool,
dry place.

8. Transfer 2 g (the equivalent 10 seeds) of finely crushed white powder or seed cake
into a small (341-ml) glass bottle.
9. To prepare a 2% suspension, add 100 ml of clean or clarified water into the glass
bottle and seal by screwing on the bottle cap
Crude extract has a 24-hr efficiency. It is best to prepare fresh each day (Katayon et al.,

10. Vigorously shake the glass bottle for 5 min to obtain a good water extract, and allow
to stand for 10 min.
When seed or presscake powder is mixed with water, it yields a solution that reacts as a
natural cationic polyelectrolyte (Sutherland et al., 1994). Emerging

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11. Begin to stir the 10 liters of raw surface water rapidly.
12. Filter the milky white crude extract suspension through a tea strainer (it is ideal
to also have additional muslin or cotton filter cloth over the tea strainer to remove
insoluble materials) into the designated 10-liter (2.6-gallon) collection container
of turbid water to be treated. Maintain rapid mixing for 30 to 60 sec.
The remaining insoluble seed material needs to be cleaned from the glass bottle after
each batch mixing. Fresh solutions should be prepared every 8 hr.

13. After 30 to 60 sec, immediately initiate slow, gentle mixing (15 to 20 rotations per
min), which should be maintained for 5 min.
The slow gentle mixing “accelerates the electrostatic flocculation” to take place and
allows the larger particles (flocs) to “condense the contaminants” (Bergman and
Arnoldsson, 2008).

14. Cover and allow the 10-liter container to sit undisturbed for 1 hr to permit the settling
of larger flocs.
This allows sufficient time for the sedimentation of larger flocs—those aggregates that
are heavier and settle out to the bottom of container at a faster rate due to gravity.
If clarification is proceeding rather slowly, either because the container was moved or
shaken or because the water is cooler (Ndabigengesere and Narasiah, 1996) due to
seasonal change, let the container sit undisturbed for 2 hr.

15. After 1 to 2 hr, when satisfactory filtrate water has been determined, decant or siphon
the clear supernatant water, filter through a clean cloth, and later bring to a rolling
boil during normal meal preparation before drinking. Be careful to not disturb the
sludge on the bottom of the first container.
Wash hands before handling clarified water, keeping in mind the fact that water-borne
disease can be spread through multiple pathways. Focusing on the provision of safe
drinking water alone while ignoring hygiene and sanitation issues is a strategy destined
to fail.
The remaining precipitated sludge at the bottom of the container is biodegradable and
therefore environmentally safe (Taley, 2007), but only after being exposed to the sun for
several days to destroy contained pathogenic particles within the sludge. In the meantime,
handle the sludge carefully (Ives and Jahn, 1994).
After several hours of storage, temperature-induced bacterial regrowth will be expe-
rienced within the clarified water. To minimize this, immediately boil or consume the
clarified water shortly after treatment, or initiate more frequent treatment (8 hr) of
smaller amounts of water, rather than storing larger volumes for longer periods, e.g.,
24 hr.


Village health workers or other trained community leaders will determine the correct
dosage of seed powder or presscake to be used domestically by carrying out the following
simplified village jar test. Briefly, it is described as follows. A series of four identical
volumes of raw water are collected and placed into traditional standard-sized water
containers. Start to stir the raw water in each container and immediately dose each
container with one of the following M. oleifera coagulant concentrations: 1/4 seed (50 mg)
per liter (low); 1/2 seed (100 mg) per liter (medium); 1 seed (200 mg) per liter (high);
Bioremediation and 2 seeds (400 mg) per liter (extreme). Mixing is maintained vigorously for 1 min.
of Turbid Water This is followed by gentle stirring for 5 min, after which the samples are allowed to
Using Extract
from Drumstick stand and settle for 60 min. Transparent drinking glasses are used to collect treated water
Tree samples from each container, each glass is examined for color and turbidity, and the
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lowest dose of coagulant that gives satisfactory clarification of the water is noted. There
is no set schedule for undertaking village jar test procedures; they should be undertaken
according to the changing turbidity levels, i.e., cloudy, dirty, muddy.

Background Information M. oleifera “has been used successfully
Coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, to combat malnutrition among infants and
filtration, and disinfection are the key steps in women of childbearing age. In Africa, breast-
this simple water-treatment protocol that has feeding nursing mothers have been shown to
been used by indigenous cultures for centuries produce far more milk when they add Moringa
for the significant removal of color and partic- leaves to their diet and severely malnourished
ulate matter, including indicator bacteria and children have made significant weight gains
other microorganisms. when caregivers add the leaves to their diets”
Description of Moringa oleifera The tree’s most unique property is the abil-
M. oleifera, a tree native to northern India
ity of its dry, crushed seeds and seed press-
(southern foothills of the Himalayas), is the
cake, which contain polypeptides, to serve as
most studied of the 14 species in the genus
an effective and low-cost traditional source
Moringa. It is cultivated widely throughout
of natural coagulant for removing turbidity
many countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin
and reducing bacterial and viral contamina-
America. M. oleifera grows rapidly from seed
tion from drinking water in rural households.
and cuttings, even in marginal soils, to 3 me-
Systematic research has shown that M. oleifera
ters (9 feet) in height, with flowers and fruit
seeds are an effective water-clarification agent
(drumsticks), within the first year. It is hardy
across a wide range of various colloidal sus-
enough to be drought resistant, but it is not
pensions. When mixed with water, the crushed
tolerant to frost and is susceptible to wind
seed powder or residue presscake yields water-
soluble organic polymers, also known as nat-
The M. oleifera species is not only impor-
ural cationic (net positive charge) polyelec-
tant for water treatment, but the tree has many
trolyte (Marobhe, 2008).
other uses as well. It is one of the world’s most
The actual Moringa flocculants are basic
valuable plants in terms of humanitarian ben-
polypeptides with a molecular weight between
efit and nutritional value—almost every part
6 and 16 kDa (Jahn, 1988) and an isoelec-
(except for the trunk and root) can be con-
tric pH of 10 to 11 (Folkard and Sutherland,
sumed as food.
2001). The natural polyelectrolytes released
“The immature green pods, called ‘drum-
from the crushed seed kernels function as natu-
sticks’ are probably the most valued and
ral flocculating agents, binding suspended par-
widely used part of the tree. They are widely
ticles in a colloidal suspension, forming larger
consumed in India, are generally prepared in
sedimenting particles (flocs). Pathogenic mi-
a similar fashion to green beans, and have a
croorganisms are generally attached to the
slight asparagus taste. The seeds are some-
solid particles, and treatment employing M.
times removed from more mature pods and
oleifera seed or presscake can remove 90.00%
eaten like peas or roasted like nuts. The flowers
to 99.99% of indicator (fecal coliform) bacte-
are edible when cooked, and are said to taste
rial load (Madsen et al., 1987).
like mushrooms” (
M. oleifera should not be regarded as a
panacea for reducing the high incidence of
According to Badruddoza (see Internet Re-
waterborne diseases. However, it can be an
sources), “Moringa leaves contain more Vita-
important, sustainable, and affordable method
min A than carrots, more calcium than milk,
toward reduction, and can also improve the
more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than
quality of life for a large proportion of the poor
oranges, and more potassium than bananas,
by also providing food and extra income. The
and . . . the protein quality of Moringa leaves
amazing thing about M. oleifera is that it prop-
rivals that of milk and eggs.” In fact, the nutri-
agates exactly where clean water is needed the
tional properties of Moringa are now so well
most—Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The
known that there seems to be little doubt of the
challenge for us is to recognize, promote, and
substantial health benefit to be realized by con-
adopt proven indigenous methods that remove
sumption of Moringa leaf powder in situations
the most turbidity at the lowest cost, producing Emerging
where starvation is imminent. Technologies
water of low risk for marginalized households.
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Vernacular names The next requirement needed is the imple-
The scientific name of this species is mentation of a multi-year health impact study
Moringa oleifera Lamarck (M. oleifera to determine M. oleifera acceptability and ef-
Lam.). M. oleifera is known by several fectiveness in reducing waterborne infectious
common names in different countries. A disease.
list of over 400 vernacular names in var-
ious languages is provided by Trees for Critical Parameters
Life International at the following link: There is evidence to suggest that perfor- mance of same-species seeds can differ sig-
initiatives/moringa/names-of-moringa nificantly based solely on location of cultiva-
tion (Narasiah et al., 2002). This fact would
Chemical composition highlight the importance of initiating jar test
“Chemical analysis found the seed to con-
procedures to confirm the correct dosage for
tain 34.1% protein, 15% carbohydrates and
reducing turbidity (see Support Protocol 1).
15.5% lipids” (Olayemi and Alabi, 1994).
Affordability An extensive literature review has con-
M. oleifera trees can be readily propagated,
cluded that aqueous M. oleifera seed or press-
and a coagulant can be made readily available
cake extract presents low toxicity, e.g., “In the
at the household level, with seeds produced
low range of optimal doses there is no germi-
within the first year. Initial setup and protocol
cide effect and there are no risks from toxic
application using common household equip-
substances.” (Ives and Jahn, 1994).
ment would be minimal. The only consumable
items would be the actual M. oleifera seeds, Popular beliefs
which have the additional benefit of provid- The use of the M. oleifera protocol may
ing value-added consumables if marketable oil have overwhelming humanitarian benefits, but
is extracted. After oil production, the residual may be unacceptable to the local populace sim-
presscake can still be utilized for its clarifica- ply because of strongly held beliefs; e.g., in
tion properties, so the coagulant is obtained Senegal, it is believed that “more than three
at extremely low or zero net cost. The sweat Moringa trees in a house is a source of mis-
equity cost of using this method would come fortune, because it will increase poverty and
from gathering and preparing the seeds, and cause death in the family” (Diouf et al., 2007).
possibly oil extraction. Such cultural sensitivities have to be taken into
account before field implementation.
“Moringa preparations have been cited Other species
in the scientific literature as having antibi- M. oleifera is the most widely distributed,
otic, antitrypanosomal, hypotensive, antispas- well known, and studied species of the
modic, antiulcer, anti-inflammatory, hypo- family Moringaceae because of its water-
cholesterolemic, and hypoglycemic activities, purifying capabilities. The African Moringa,
as well as having considerable efficacy in wa- M. stenopetala, is less widely distributed than
ter purification by flocculation, sedimentation, M. oleifera, but there is evidence that M.
antibiosis, and even reduction of Schistosoma stenopetala is a more effective water clarifier
cercariae titer.” (Dewan Md. Badruddoza; see than M. oleifera (Jahn, 1988).
Internet Resources). Nancy Jotham Marobhe
has stated that “It is now up to the govern-
ments in poor countries to first recognize and Anticipated Results
The performance efficiency is better with
duly support the initiatives of the poor and yet
moderately to heavily turbid water than with
disadvantaged population segments. This will
less turbid water, and is comparable to that
need commitments of countries to strengthen
of inorganic coagulants (alum), especially for
the natural water coagulation technology in
highly turbid waters. In addition, with M.
a holistic approach and to support these ini-
oliefera, there is no effect on the pH, alkalinity,
tiatives including empowering and enabling
or conductivity of the treated water (Bergman
local scientists and technologists to build up
and Arnoldsson, 2008). The technique high-
Bioremediation the natural coagulation technology that will
of Turbid Water lighted should result in a turbidity reduction
suit the local requirements and situation based
Using Extract of 80.0% to 99.5%, paralleled by a primary
from Drumstick on scientific knowledge available” (Marobhe,
bacterial reduction of 90.00% to 99.99% (1 to
Tree 2008).
4 log units) obtained within the first 1 to 2 hr of
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treatment. The bacteria are concentrated in and Sanitation Centre (IRC), The Hague, The
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The three references above provide practical infor- Moringa Technical Brief.
mation on Moringa and the treatment of water in
developing countries.
Farm Radio International. This script for radio
broadcasters in developing countries is about us-
Internet Resources ing seeds from the Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) to clean dirty water.
Gate Information Service. Provides the most com- Tearfund International. Briefly describes M.
prehensive concise overview of water clarification oleifera multiple uses including household water
using Moringa oleifera. treatment.
moringa AT@Work. The toolkit at the link above explains
Trees for Life International. A plethora of infor- the principles of doing business in poverty-stricken
mation including free access to Moringa books, (less than $1 a day) areas, offers a step-by-step busi-
posters, PowerPoint presentations, and educational ness development approach, and provides practical
materials. tools, tips, and background information.
Hesperian Foundation provides excellent practical Household Water Storage, Handling and Point-of-
field guides, including Water for Life: Community Use Treatment Report. A review commissioned by
Water Security. Internal Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene. This PDF paper reviews the range of simple, low-cost
Eric Lemetais’s comprehensive but brief overview physical and chemical treatment methods and sys-
of M. oleifera, including map, photographs of tems for safe water collection, handling, and stor-
Moringa seeds, and before and after depictions of age, along with the evidence that shows the extent to
water treatment. which water can be the source of disease outbreaks,
and how point-of-use treatment and safe water stor- age can reduce the burden of diarrheal and other
Moringa News. An international network of peo- waterborne diseases.
ple interested in M. oleifera. Their Web site offers
reliable information and a platform to exchange
knowledge. 11763&page=247
National Academies Press. Moringa chapter from Lost Crops of Africa: Volume 2. Great descriptive
briefs/60-water-clarification- overview of M. oleifera.
WELL: Resource Center Network for Water San-
itation and Environmental Health, Loughborough Excellent photographs of mature Moringa seeds
University, Leicestershire, U.K. This technical brief within the fruit pod. Other general photographs of
gives an overview of the application of an indige- nice quality are included.
nous, naturally derived coagulant, namely seed
material from the multi-purpose tree Moringa .pdf
oleifera Lam. (M. oleifera), which offers an alter- An illustrative depiction of preparing Moringa
native solution to the use of expensive chemical oleifera seeds for water treatment. Though out-
coagulants. dated, it explains the major steps nicely
Educational Concerns for Hunger Organiza- Illustrative YouTube video entitled Moringa Water
tion (ECHO). Provides Moringa Tree technical Purification.
note. Wikipedia entry for Moringa oleifera, accessed
cations/TechPub-8a/natural.asp Dec. 10, 2013.

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