Chemical-Free Water Recycling Technology Aids Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Storm surges from Hurricane Sandy caused flooding in dozens of Northeastern towns and cities. Experts say that sewage backups and overflows caused by the flooding unleashed a toxic soup into the streets. Other contaminants, like gas or oil, were caught up in the storms destruction, mixing gray and black water into local water supplies.

In the wake of the superstorm, municipal water treatment plants have been completely overwhelmed by the need to get this contaminated water out of the roadways and people’s basements, without any safe place to put it. New York-based Advanced Waste and Water Technology (AWWT) has stepped in, offering its patented chemical-free water recycling technology to immediately assist with contaminated water cleanup efforts in the Tri-State area.

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AWWT’s ElectroCleanse technology could be key to making progress on contaminated water cleanup projects. The technology uses electricity, rather than expensive, dangerous chemicals, to remove contaminants from water. This process, known as electrocoagulation, precipitates dissolved heavy metals by a combination oxidation reduction reaction that in many cases produces oxide crystals that are very stable. The on-site treatment systems are able to remove volatile and non-volatile pollutants such as petroleum, diesel, kerosene, chemicals, sewage and saltwater, among others. Although electrocoagulation won’t produce drinkable water, it is a necessary pretreatment for water that can’t be cleaned through traditional methods.

“The devastation of Hurricane Sandy continues to impact our communities in the Tri-State area,” said Patricia Els, President of Advanced Waste & Water Technology. “Our on-site system eliminates the need for municipalities to temporarily store this contaminated water,” continued Els. “We treat it at or close to its collection point to expedite cleanup and reduce the chance of further contamination.”

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog