Potassium Permanganate

Potassium permanganate is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula KMnO4.
It is a purplish-black crystalline salt. When dissolve in water it gives an intensely pink to purple solution.
  1.  It improves water quality & clarity.
  2.  It is used for a number of skin conditions.
  3.  It can restore the efficiency of low performing iron filters.
  4.  Numerous uses in aqua culture & mushroom culture.

Versatile Purple coloured compound.

Potassium permanganate is widely used in the chemical industry and laboratories as a strong oxidizing agent, and also as a medication for dermatitis, for cleaning wounds, and general disinfection.


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Why Permanganate a good oxidizing agent?

As the oxidation states of atoms increase the elements become more electronegative. Therefore, permanganate a good oxidizing agent.

Use of potassium permanganate

  • It improves water quality & clarity.
  • It is used for a number of skin conditions.
  • It can restore the efficiency of low performing iron filters.
  • Numerous uses in aqua culture & mushroom culture.

What is the color of potassium permanganate?

Potassium permanganate’s physical state is an odourless solid, and they look like crystals of dark purple or bronze color. When these crystals are dissolved in water, the solution becomes purple

Why KMno4 is a self indicator?

The solution under examination loses its pink color once all the permanganate ions are used up in the reaction. It suggests the end of the reaction and therefore a self-indicator is called potassium permanganate, as it serves as an indicator apart from being one of the reactants.

What is potassium permanganate?

Potassium permanganate is a strong oxidant used in combination with other treatment technologies to solve specific water treatment problems caused by organic and inorganic contaminations in both ground (well) and surface water supplies.

Is permanganate new?

Potassium permanganate was first discovered in 1659, but was not developed for commercial use until the 1800s, when it became a common household and institutional disinfectant.
It was first used for water treatment in 1910 in London but did not begin to grow in use until the 1960s, when successful application for taste/odor control was publicized. Since then, permanganate has been accepted by the water industry as one of the most versatile oxidants available.

What are the problems that permanganate helps to solve?

In ground waters, permanganate is primarily used to help control iron, manganese, sulfides, and color. In addition, it is used in conjunction with manganese-treated greensand to reduce high concentrations of radionuclides and arsenic.
In surface water treatment plants, permanganate is applied primarily for taste/odor, manganese, and trihalomethane (THM) problems. However, a number of other benefits are reported by users. These include improved coagulation, color improvement, and zebra mussel control.

How widely is permanganate used?

The latest American Water Works Association (AWWA)/American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AWWARF) survey of surface water treatment plants serving >10,000 people shows that 36.8% use potassium permanganate for retreatment/Preoxidation/Organics Removal, second only to chlorine.
Thousands of very small groundwater treatment plants use permanganate. The estimate is that about 25% of the plants practicing iron/manganese removal are employing permanganate.

How does permanganate work?

Chemically, potassium permanganate is classified as an oxidant. It converts oxidizable chemicals, such as ferrous iron, into their corresponding oxides that are removed by subsequent treatment steps or remain soluble and no threat.
Oxidation is also described as a chemical “burning up” of organic matter converting contaminants into less odorous, harmless by-products.

Which odors are most effectively controlled by permanganate?

Customers report that the FISHY, GRASSY, SEPTIC, PHENOLIC, SULFUR, and CUCUMBER odors are easily controlled by potassium permanganate. EARTHY, MUSTY, and some FLOWERY type odors are more difficult to control using permanganate alone.
Combinations of permanganate with activated carbon have been reported to be used very successfully to produce an acceptable odor level when MIB (methyl iso borneal) and Geosmin were found in raw waters.

How effective is permanganate for color removal?

Most raw water color is caused by decayed vegetation and minerals such as manganese. Anaerobic conditions in raw water reservoirs cause leaching of the bottom sediments that contain many of these contaminants. Because the problem was caused by reducing conditions, an oxidizing agent can be very effective in treating colored waters. Some raw water color is effectively treated by good coagulation.

What about trihalomethanes (THMs)?

The main cause of THMs is chlorination of raw water that contains precursors, primarily humic and fulvic acids. By delaying the chlorination to an application point after coagulation, the formation of THMs can be reduced 40% to 70%. This change in chlorination point must be coupled with good coagulation to remove the precursors. The addition of an alternate oxidant to the pre-treatment step is advisable. Preoxidation with potassium permanganate will maintain an oxidizing environment, control taste and odor, oxidize manganese, and assist with the removal of the precursors. An additional 5%, up to as much as 40%, THM control has been reported by plants utilizing permanganate.
Permanganate is listed by the USEPA in the Federal Register as one of the alternative oxidants that can be used for THM control.

Does permanganate have any disinfection properties?

Potassium permanganate is not registered with the EPA as a disinfectant. CT credits are not available with permanganate use.

What are some other benefits of permanganate treatment?

When permanganate reacts, it forms manganese dioxide. This precipitate is heavy and with its negative charge, acts as a nucleus for floc formation. It attracts positive ions and can help in the removal of some compounds that cause taste and odors. It has also been shown to increase settling which may lead to lower coagulant usage.

Is permanganate safe to use?

Because potassium permanganate is a strong oxidizing agent, care must be taken when handling the product. Permanganate is considered a “hazardous chemical” because it can react with certain reducing agents and generate heat. The proper handling and storage information is contained in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). When handled properly, it is safer than other commonly used oxidants.

How much permanganate is needed to do the job?

The effective dosage is determined by running laboratory jar tests.
More highly contaminated waters will need higher dosages. The average dosage is about 1 mg/L, but dosages as high as 10 mg/L may be needed during sieges of “bad” water. Jar testing will give a good idea of the approximated dose needed in a given situation. When running the jar tests, the effective dosage is determined through “permanganate profiling,” that is, finding out how much will react in a given period of time. This is done by setting up raw water jar samples, dosing them with permanganate, measuring the residual at given time intervals, and plotting the data. The effective dose is the amount used up in the time that it would take the raw water to pass from the intake (or other feed point) to the rapid mix where the coagulants are added.

Where is permanganate fed?

Normally, the chemical is applied as early in the treatment process as possible. It should be fed at the intake to take advantage of the time and mixing in the pipeline to the plant. Ideally, all the permanganate will be used up before the coagulants and other treatment chemicals are added. The permanganate will oxidize raw water contaminants, thus allowing other complementary processes to finish the treatment and “polish” the water.
The manganese dioxide should be completely formed before the coagulants are added to minimize any problems with colloidal by-products.

How is permanganate fed?

For less than 25 pounds per day, a simple solution tank and metering pump with compatible materials of construction are all that are needed. A 3% solution is recommended, because the saturation point of permanganate at room temperature is about 5-6%.
A more sophisticated solution system using eductors and day tanks can be installed for larger plants, but the limited solubility can be a factor.
Feed systems ranging from simple feeders to automated cycle bin systems to bulk silo systems are available.

How is permanganate controlled?

When permanganate reacts, manganese dioxide forms and the inherent pink color of the permanganate solution changes to yellow or brown depending on the concentration. Since an overdose of permanganate will result in “pink” water, the dose will have to be controlled. Automatic analyzers are available to measure permanganate residuals and control the feeder. Permanganate residuals can also be measured directly or by using some of the same procedures that are used for chlorine, that is, PAO, DPD and spectrophotometric.

What if I overfeed permanganate?

If an overfeed situation arises and “pink” water is at the plant, a number of common treatment chemicals can be used to remove the excess permanganate. These chemicals include PAC, iron salts and hydrogen peroxide.

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