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Bacterial removal in BSFs is affected by ripening stage (best after 30 days) and pour volume. Viral removal varies based on the specific virus.
Quarry sand was better than river or ocean sand in the first months after filter installation, but by one year there was no difference.
Ceramic filters and biosand filters are the most promising HWTS methods due to adequate water quantity, adequate quality, ease of use, cost, and low need for a supply chain. Studies have shown high continued usage rates for these technologies.
An experimental slow sand filter was able to remove nitrate without significantly increasing nitrite, but at very low flow rates (0.015 to 0.6 m/h). Nitrite accumulation increased with flow rate. Most removal occurred at the top of the filter.
The Kanchan filter is a modified BSF which can remove arsenic. It has high acceptability and sustained use in Nepal (83% of >1000 filters still in use after 1 year)
Water remaining in the pore space of the BSF during the pause time had higher removal than water which did not. Higher removal was also seen with lower dosing volumes (And thus lower flow rates).
Development and dissemination of Kanchan™ Arsenic Filter in rural Nepal; Ngai, T.K.K.; Murcott, S.; Shrestha, R.R.; Dangol, B.; Maharjan, M., 2006
The Kanchan arsenic filter is a successful technology that was designed to use locally available materials in Nepal, and was optimised for local cultural and socio-economic conditions.
E. coli removal from BSFs in the lab varied from 63-99%, and in the field from 0-99.7%. Factors such as stage of filter ripening, residence period, dosing volume, and other operational parameters were thought to contribute to this variability.
The biosand filters used in the filoed study, that had been in use for an average of 2.5 years, showed an overall bacterial removal efficiency of 98.5% and a turbidity reduction from an average of 6.2 NTU in source water to samples to 0.9 NTU in the filtered water. Additioanlly, participants were generally satisfied with them.
The long term sustainability of household bio-sand filtration; Fewster, E.; Mol, A.; Wiessent-Brandsma, C., 2004
BSFs performed nearly as well after 4 years of use. Households with poorer filter performance tended to over-clean their filter, indicating that more training was necessary.

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