The Mixture of Limes in Acid Mine Drainage Treatment


  • Anuar Othman School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Che Rozid Mamat School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Ismail Ibrahim Mineral Research Centre, Department of Minerals and Geoscience Malaysia,31400, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
  • Mohd Syahrir Mohd Rozi Mineral Research Centre, Department of Minerals and Geoscience Malaysia,31400, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia



Limes, acid mine drainage, pH, arsenic


In this study the mixture of limes was used to treat acid mine drainage (AMD) or acid rock drainage (ARD). The results showed that AMD can be treated by a mixture of limes (CHL). CHL was a mixture of carbide and hydrated limes. Arsenic (As) was decreased after reaction with CHL. 0.5 g of CHL with an interval time of 20 mins was chosen as the best parameter for treating AMD. pH value was increased from 3.29 to 6.69 and as concentration was decreased from 3.273 mg/L to 0.002 mg/L. Both of the results obtained after the reaction complied with Standards A and B of the Environmental Act 1974.


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