Turbidity measurement tube, 5-1000 NTU

Turbidity Tube allowing for visual measurement of water turbidity
(Two-part tube). Measuring range from 0-1000 NTU
Indicative Price 38.22 USD

General Description:
Turbidity Tube for visual measurement of water turbidity
Measuring range from 5-1000 NTU (Two-part tube)

Technical specifications:
Turbidity Tube allowing for visual measurement of water turbidity
Measuring range from 5-1000 NTU (potentially 5-2000 NTU)

The Turbidity Tube is supplied as two-part tube for assembling with close coupled seal.
(A potential three-part tube must once assembled be securely sealed and straightly aligned)

The bottom of the Tube has a cross(x) or similar viewpoint, and the tube side is equipped with NTU scale indications.

Turbidity is usually measured in Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU) or Jackson turbidity units (JTU), depending on the method used for measurement. The two units are roughly equal.

NOTE *):
Turbidity is the amount of cloudiness in the water. This can vary from a river full of mud and silt where it would be impossible to see through the water (high turbidity), to a spring water which appears to be completely clear (low turbidity). Turbidity can be caused by:

- silt, sand and mud;
- bacteria and other germs;
- chemical precipitates.

It is very important to measure the turbidity of domestic water supplies, as these supplies often undergo some type of water treatment which can be affected by turbidity. For example, during the rainy season when mud and silt are washed into rivers and streams, high turbidity can quickly block filters and stop them from working effectively. High turbidity will also fill tanks and pipes with mud and silt, and can damage valves and taps. Where chlorination of water is practiced, even quite low turbidity will prevent the chlorine killing the germs in the water efficiently.

Some treatment systems, such as sedimentors, coagulators and gravel pre-filters are designed to remove turbidity. It is important for operators of both large and small treatment systems to know how well these systems are working. Measuring the turbidity of the water before and after each part of the system can tell the operator where maintenance or cleaning is needed.

For drinking water and drinking water supplies, the following Turbidity Guidelines should be taken into consideration:

Drinking water should have a turbidity of 5 NTU/JTU or less.
Turbidity of more than 5 NTU/JTU would be noticed by users and may cause rejection of the supply.
Where water is chlorinated, turbidity should be less than 5 NTU/JTU and preferably less than 1 NTU/JTU for chlorination to be effective.

Turbidity can be measured using either an electronic turbidity meter or a turbidity tube.
Both methods have advantages and disadvantages, as per below:
(For the Electronic Turbidity Meter, please see corresponding UNICEF Material Code)

Advantages of the Turbidity Tube:
-simple design, low cost, not easily damaged.
Disadvantages of the Turbidity Tube:
-cannot measure very low turbidities (usual minimum is 5 TU),
and is less precise than an electronic meter.

Since the turbidity tube is simple to use, instructions are given below.
(It is, however, recommended that you refer to the instructions provided with the tube that you are using):

-Where the tube is in two parts, push the two parts together, making sure that they fit squarely.
-Take a sample of water from the water source.
-Hold the tube in one hand near the bottom and look into the open end with your head about 10 to 20 centimeters above the tube, so that you can clearly see the black circle, cross or other murk on the bottom of the tube.
-Slowly pour the water sample into the tube, waiting for air bubbles to rise if necessary, until the mark on the bottom of the tube just disappears.
-Stop pouring the water sample into the tube and look at the level of water in the tube. For turbidity tubes which have a turbidity scale marked on the side, read the number on the nearest line to the water level. This is the turbidity of the water.
-After use, wash the tube in clean water and store the two parts of the tube where they cannot be damaged.

Useful links
https://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/hygie ne/emergencies/fs2_33.pdf

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