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Kinetico, Inc., a leading manufacturer of quality water treatment systems, has developed an innovative filtration system that is effective in removing arsenic from drinking water according to a study performed under the direction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NSF International. The 15-day study, conducted at the Spiro Tunnel Water Filtration Plant in Park City, Utah, evaluated the performance of package drinking water treatment systems.
Kinetico's Macrolite(R) Coagulation Filtration System demonstrated outstanding performance for reducing arsenic averaging a 95 percent removal rating of the total amount found in the feedwater. The total concentration of arsenic found in the feed water averaged 93 percent. The system effectively reduced arsenic levels to an average of 2.9 parts per billion (ppb), or micrograms per liter, in the effluent according to the report.
Kinetico's system demonstrated a recovery rate of 95 percent, which equates to very little wastewater. Recovery rates refer to the amount of water that is treated versus the amount that is wasted during filtration.
"We are pleased with the performance of our system," said Glen Latimer, manager - municipal sales for Kinetico. "Not only does the report verify the effectiveness of Kinetico's unique Macrolite filtration for reducing arsenic, but it also demonstrates the system's impressive efficiency."
The system was tested to the new ETV (Environmental Technology Verification) protocol, and the results validate the system's compliance with those requirements. The U.S. EPA has created the ETV Program to assist in the deployment of innovative or improved environmental technologies through performance verification and circulation of information. The goal of the ETV program is to further environmental protection by substantially accelerating the acceptance and use of improved and more cost-effective technologies.
Kinetico's system uses Macrolite, which is an engineered ceramic filtration media and is an effective and efficient alternative to membrane filtration. Membranes commonly require periodic replacement, whereas Macrolite ceramic media does not typically need to be replaced. "Macrolite has been designed with efficiencies in mind. It offers a much lower capital cost compared to membrane filtration, and continues to save money with significantly lower operational and maintenance costs, with all of the durability of ceramic," Latimer said.
The system also has a small footprint, which allows for a smaller building to be constructed to house the unit.
Macrolite systems can solve multiple problems using one technology. For instance, a municipality facing both an iron and arsenic problem can solve both problems with this technology. Also, surface waters and groundwater under the influence requiring filtration can meet these needs with Macrolite.