Aquatic Technologies LLC

Use of electrolytic oxidation for non-chemical pathogen inactivation in municipal wastewater

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The use of chlorine and bromide chemicals as sanitizing agents by municipal wastewater treatment plants is becoming increasingly problematic. The cost of the chemicals has risen sharply in 2008, and is expected to increase further (as much as 50%) in 2009; and both State and Federal regulatory agencies are expected to require in the near future the reduction of THM and other carcinogenic-endocrine disrupting compounds created by the interaction of the sanitizing agents with organic solids inherent in municipal wastewater discharge.

Aquatic Technologies was asked by MicroMedia Filtration (an emerging “clean” technology for treatment of domestic and municipal wastewater) in July of 2008 to determine if the patented EOH2O® electrolytic oxidation technology could be used to remove these obstacles, based on its proven ability to reduce Coliform and Salmonella in manure and other organic wastewaters. The following discusses this test and determination of just what is the “operating” agent in pathogen destruction.

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