Project profile - McGraw Hill, East Windsor, NJ iron & manganese removal system


Courtesy of Adedge Water Technologies, LLC


In late 2007, AdEdge began working with Maser & Associates to assist with design and implementation of an iron and manganese removal system to serve the water supply for the McGraw Hill data center in East Windsor, New Jersey. The site had an existing groundwater supply well with unacceptably high levels of iron and manganese to serve as feed water for the facilities cooling towers. The water chemistry presented some challenges with a pH of 5 and iron levels of nearly 5 mg/L. AdEdge was selected to design, build, and startup an integrated treatment system
to remove the iron and manganese to meet secondary MCLs of 0.3 mg/L and 0.05 mg/L respectively. AdEdge worked closely with the selected contractor Central Jersey Mechanical to supply the treatment system which included chemical feed (chorine and pH correction), an AdEdge AD26 packaged iron and manganese removal filtration system, treated water backwash pump skid, finished water supply booster pump package, and instrumentation. AdEdge also furnished the system with a PLC communications module to interface and allow for continuous monitoring via the data center’s existing SCADA system. The system was constructed and deployed in the summer of 2008.

Treatment System

The AdEdge treatment system featured a skid-mounted AD26 oxidation and filtration package unit sized for a maximum design flow rate of 130
gpm. The model AD26-3660CS-S-3-AVH utilizes AdEdge AD26 MnO2 media in a three vessel carbon steel configuration in parallel. The system
is equipped with automated control valves and harness, central control panel with programmable logic controller (PLC) and a color user interface screen. System features also include differential pressure switches, control panel and local gauges, flow sensors & totalizers, and a central hydraulic panel with sample ports for a complete functioning packaged unit. A hypochlorite feed & monitoring Module and pH adjustment module using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) are also integrated into the system package. Each 36-inch diameter treatment vessel contains approximately 20 cubic feet of AdEdge AD26 oxidation filtration media. Other ancillary equipment which was totally integrated with the treatment module included the auxiliary finished water backwash supply, distribution booster pumps, the two 5,000 gallon finished water holding tanks and instrumentation. All of these components were integrated into the design and controlled by a single master control panel in the AD26 system.


The system was started up and commenced in July, 2008. The system has a very high utilization factor receiving water nearly 22 hours per day to meet the demand of the cooling towers. Approximately 100-110 gpm is being consistently treated with high iron and manganese levels exceeding 4 mg/L and 0.1 mg/L to below the treatment goals of 0.3 mg/L and 0.05 respectively. The system has experienced little to no down time since installation.

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