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Iron and Manganese Removal Facility
The first ultrafiltration membrane WTP in New England that does not chlorinate its finished water
The Mt. Warner wells, the primary water supply source for the Town of Hadley MA, were found to contain unacceptable levels of perchlorate. Following evaluations of other existing water sources to identify supply and quality, Wright-Pierce engineers determined that the Town's two Callahan Wells would meet current and anticipated supply needs. However, elevated manganese levels in the wells, although not in excess of primary drinking water standards, exceeded secondary contaminant levels.
After performing pilot studies to find the most effective and cost efficient water treatment technology, Wright-Pierce engineers selected the Zenon filtration process. The innovative ultrafiltration process, the first of its kind to be used in New England, utilizes an eco-friendly membrane system, rather than a chlorination process, to remove manganese from groundwater sources.
The Zenon process, in conjunction with a secondary treatment system upgrade, provides the town with a 99.5% overall recovery rate of source water, an industry high. The upgrades were completed without loss of facility operations, and within an unusually short 7-month period.
The facility upgrades provide the town with a reliable, high quality drinking water supply that exceeds current and anticipated regulatory standards.
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