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Hungerford & Terry announced the introduction of a radium process that removes radium from municipal drinking water supplies at significant cost savings.
Information about the new process will be available at the Hungerford & Terry booth (4028) at the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition to be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, June 11 to 16, 2006.
U.S. EPA radium content limits for drinking water, effective January 2003, seek to achieve zero radium in all U.S. municipal drinking water supplies as an immediate and necessary goal. H&T’s new process will facilitate meeting this requirement.
Hungerford & Terry’s new radium removal process delivers a significant benefit over ordinary water softener resins: It eliminates the regeneration that produces radioactive brine, thus reducing labor and material costs in the radium removal. With this new process, there is no regeneration step or any waste regenerant. An additional cost saving is also realized with a substantial reduction in the volume of resin required in the radium removal versus with standard softening resins.
The EPA estimates that the emerging market potential for this new process will be in the treatment to water supplies in New Jersey, Maryland, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Texas and in the Eastern Rockies of the U.S.
Currently, technical support and pilot evaluations with commercial demonstrations are in progress. Results will be reported as they become available this year.