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Development of an Electrocoagulation Test Plant for the removal of Total Suspended Solids, Heavy Metals, Emulsified Oils, Bacteria, and other contaminants from stormwater. Electrocoagulation (EC) is a broad-spectrum treatment technology that removes total suspended solids, heavy metals, emulsified oils, bacteria, and other contaminants from water. Chemical-free electrocoagulation (EC) stormwater treatment systems can be offered. EC technology is intrinsically safer than typical liquid polymers used for treatment. These polymers can have a significant environmental footprint to manufacture as well as the potential for spills since polymers are typically transported and applied as liquids. Power requirements for EC and polymer treatment are relatively the same as the main power draw is moving the water via pumps. Water quality can be ensured at the end of the EC treatment train by automated inline measurements of pH and turbidity.  This confirms that there will not be a release of turbid or high pH water to the environment. Implementation of the EC technology compliments the environmental vision behind the Grow Community during construction activities.

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