Case Study: Bunnell, FL, provides high-quality water with ion exchange process

Sept. 14, 2015
In an effort to provide high-quality water to its citizens, the city of Bunnell, Fla., recently installed the first full-scale MICo process from Ixom Watercare Inc., with the goal of ensuring compliance with disinfection by-products as well as providing its residents with soft water.
City of Brunnell's new water treatment plant


BUNNELL, FL, Sept. 14, 2015 -- In an effort to provide high-quality water to its citizens, the city of Bunnell, Fla., recently installed the full-scale MICo® ion exchange process from Ixom Watercare Inc., a specialist in water treatment and chemical distribution, with the goal of ensuring compliance with disinfection by-products as well as providing its citizens with the soft water that they desired.

Bunnell is committed to meeting all EPA safe drinking water regulations, but the citizens have been without soft water since the lime softening plant was turned off several years ago. The state of Florida now utilizes 11 MIEX® systems to help communities become compliant with Stage 2 Disinfection By-Products Regulations.

However, until now, lime or membranes were used as a second step to produce soft water. This two-step process requires two times the capital and operational costs. In order to lower costs while providing high-quality drinking water, the city reached out to Ixom to develop a single-step process.

Ixom had been working on a process that would simultaneously soften and remove organics -- a common challenge with Florida groundwaters. A small-scale demonstration water treatment plant was commissioned by the City of Bunnell, during which the Ixom engineers demonstrated that they could utilize a newly developed MIEX Plus resin to meet the challenge.

In the Spring of 2012, Bunnell invited the community to the small-scale water treatment plant for a demonstration, water taste testing and approval of the overall water quality from this innovative process.

See also: "Video: IXOM Watercare"

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