Greensand technology from Inversand exceeds water standards for water utility

A pilot test of GreensandPlus from Inversand Company as pretreatment to an existing reverse osmosis (RO) plant at a Western U.S. water utility demonstrated a dramatic reduction iron and manganese in the raw water to levels below 15 micrograms per liter (ug/L), the company reported May 18. The filter achieved these results operating at flux rates of up to 8 gallons per minute per square foot (gpm/ft2...

CLAYTON, NJ, May 22, 2006 -- A pilot test of GreensandPlus from Inversand Company as pretreatment to an existing reverse osmosis (RO) plant at a Western U.S. water utility demonstrated a dramatic reduction iron and manganese in the raw water to levels below 15 micrograms per liter (ug/L), the company reported May 18.

The GreensandPlus filter achieved these results operating at flux rates of up to 8 gallons per minute per square foot (gpm/ft2. The negative effect the iron and manganese was causing in the treatment process was eliminated.

Prior to the application of the GreensandPlus, an iron silicate was being formed in the RO vessel at the existing plant, thus fouling the membranes. The iron was below the MCL for potable water, but was high enough to cause fouling in the presence of the silica.

The raw water had 0.25 milligrams per liter (mg/L) average iron and 0.023 mg/L average manganese. To correct the problem, the manufacturer of the membranes recommended reduction of the iron and manganese in the raw water to less 15 ug/L (15 ppb) for each constituent.

Laboratory tests were conducted prior to the onsite study. A water sample with iron content of 0.5 to 1.0 mg/L, and manganese content of 0.06 to 0.09 mg/L, was used in the lab. A filter column loaded with GreensandPlus and anthracite was used to conduct the test. The iron content in this test was reduced to less than 0.009 mg/L, and the manganese content was reduced to less than 0.004 mg/L .

Based on these results, a pilot plant was set up and run on two different wells at the job site. At the first well, the system was operated at a flux rate of 6 gpm/ft2 of filter area. The raw water in this well had an average iron content of 0.074 mg/L and manganese content of 0.013 mg/L . After filtration, the effluent had average iron content of 0.001 mg/L, and 0.007 mg/L average manganese. Thus, the iron and manganese content was far less than the requirement set by the membrane manufacturer.

At the second well the flux rate was increased to 8 gpm/ft2. In this well, the average raw water iron content was 0.250 mg/L, and the average manganese content was 0.023 mg/L. After filtration through GreensandPlus and anthracite, the average iron content was reduced to 0.002 mg/L, and the manganese content to 0.008 mg/L. Despite the increase in flux, the iron and manganese content were well below the maximum allowable for the RO membranes, as specified by the membrane manufacturer.

The project is now entering the design stage for a full scale 8,000 gpm filtration system at the water utility plant.

Based in Clayton, NJ, with mining and production facilities in Sewell, NJ, Inversand Co. (www.inversand.com) has been producing filter media for water treatment since 1925. The Inversand Company¹s glauconite mine located in Sewell N.J., has been the location of numerous significant prehistoric fossil discoveries.

Also see:
-- "Testing results on GreensandPlus Filter Media from Inversand show excellent high quality water; Cape Breton Regional Municipality, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, tests new filter media"
-- "Inversand introduces GreensandPlus, an enhanced version of its traditional manganese greensand; New version able to operate at higher differential pressures"

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