We rely on the water we drink to be safe – in fact, many of us probably don’t even give our tap water and waste management systems a second thought. But those in the water treatment and waste management industry know that quite a bit of work and great equipment are required to make sure micropollutants and other hazards don’t contaminate the water supply.
Water issues don’t always arise from manufacturing pollution, though that may be the most obvious problem when it happens, such as the incident in Charleston, WV that rendered drinking water unpotable for weeks when improperly secured chemicals leached into a nearby water table. Micropollutants can also create a serious issue as well. Micropollutants are the microscopic remains of everything from pesticides, the prescription drugs we excrete into the waste management system, detergents from washing clothes and a wide variety of every day chemical usage. All this must be dealt with properly in order to have a sanitary water supply.
Using techniques like ozonation and active charcoal filtration, many wastewater treatment plants are able to destroy or neutralize these pollutants. By operating as a collection point, so to speak, these facilities are able to treat the problem as it is happening. This makes the equipment in these facilities absolutely vital. Digesters, heaters and desuperheaters ensure that the water is properly treated and viruses, bacteria and micropollutants are destroyed. Working with Komax can ensure that your equipment is state of the art, while also staying on budget.
Ultimately, the best way to reduce micropollutants in the water supply is to cut them down at the source, meaning we are all responsible for our chemical footprint. Changing behavior is vital, but good equipment can also ensure that we have save drinking water in our municipalities.