Surface water treatment, water remediation and waste water treatment are critical issues in providing safe drinking water. Control of turbidity and removal of NOM remains one of the main challenges facing water utilities. Control of the flocculation process and adjustment of coagulant dose during the course of water and waste water treatment is often a challenging step in the water treatment process.

Zeta potential is a measure of the electrical potential between particles, and indicates the repulsive interaction between particles; a zero zeta potential means that the conditions for aggregation of contaminants are maximized. Monitoring zeta potential during the water treatment process allows for accurate and precise assessment of the charge neutralization process. Zeta potential provides a measurable value to monitor the optimal coagulant dose during the water clarification process. 

The benefits of using zeta potential measurement to determine water treatment-control strategies have been documented through case studies and will be reviewed. Results from both laboratory analyzers (Zetasizer Nano Z) and the on-line, automatic system (Zetasizer WT) will be discussed. Based on plant processing requirements, on-line real time monitoring is often preferred so that small changes in zeta potential can be immediately identified for water treatment optimization. On-line continuous process zeta potential monitoring benefits will be illustrated, by reporting on the experiences of utilities such as Tacoma Water in WA, Aurora Water in Aurora Colorado as well as other water treatment facilities in the US and UK.


Measurement type:
Zeta potential
June 24 2020 - June 24 2020
10:30 - 11:30
(GMT-05:00) Eastern [US & Canada]
Event type:
Webinar - Live
Zetasizer range
Zetasizer Nano Z
Water treatment


Ana Morfesis Ph.D - Technical Specialist Nanometrics

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  • Who should attend?
Water treatment facility operators, water utility managers and anyone working in a field or application area that requires an understanding of coagulation, flotation and drinking water treatment. Anyone interested in environmental issues or specifically involved in the study of water clarification, water remediation and waste water treatment.

  •  What will you learn?
Zeta potential measurement, theory and its role in optimizing water treatment clarification will be discussed. Case study examples will be presented to show how coagulant addition is optimized using zeta potential measurements and the chemical cost savings that can be achieved.