Mar 27, 2014

Researchers Reduce Harmful Metals in Snow Removal Wastewater

The media was used in four trials with nearly 3,000 gal of wastewater

MAR Systems Sorbster media snow removal wastewater heavy metals

As part of a statewide effort to create viable solutions for the handling of snow-removal wastewater created by Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) maintenance trucks, ODOT and the Office of Statewide Planning and Research recently published findings from a three-year study that used MAR Systems’ Sorbster media to remove harmful metal contaminants from ODOT truck wastewater.

The report will now be used to implement alternative wastewater management solutions for ODOT’s 88 county and 132 outpost garages across the state.

“Sorbster media continues to be recognized as both an affordable and effective option for addressing the serious issue of metal contamination in water,” said Missy Hayes, vice president of business development, MAR Systems. “We were proud to be part of the University of Akron’s project for the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Office of Statewide Planning and Research to assist in the development of strategies that will allow the state to effectively manage snow removal wastewater and ultimately make Ohio water safer.”

The media was used in a series of tests that evaluated the effective removal of metal contaminants from snow removal wastewater. The media was used in four trials with nearly 3,000 gal of wastewater, testing the metal removal efficiency of the media, which was treated through a pilot unit of wastewater from a Stark County ODOT garage. The study found that MAR Systems' Sorbster media was effective at reducing the heavy metal concentration of wastewater. 

Developed in 2005, Sorbster media removes mercury, selenium, arsenic and other metal contaminants from water. It is a granular media that removes heavy metals from any aqueous stream. As contaminated water passes through Sorbster, mercury, arsenic and other metals chemically bond with the media for safe disposal.

“The Sorbster media technology can assist companies in achieving the strictest EPA standards by chemisorbing contaminants and creating a non-hazardous disposal option,” said Vice President of Sales Richard Lalama. “We were very pleased to assist the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Office of Statewide Planning and Research with this important study. As a company, we are excited to continue offering our patented Sorbster media to address the treatment needs of a diverse number of industry segments across a variety of metal contaminants.”

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