Novel Method for DBP Precursor Removal

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 27074
Amount: $220,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Universal Fuel Development
223 Circle Hills Dr, Grand Forks, ND, 58201
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Edwin S. Olson
 Principal Investigator
 (701) 777-5155
Business Contact
Phone: (701) 777-5155
Research Institution
The treatment and disinfection of water for drinking continues to be a major public health issue. It is clear that disinfection methods involving chlorine compounds result in the formation of byproducts that constitute a health risk. The proposed work addresses the removal of the disinfection byproducts (DBPs), especially the haloacetic acids, or their humate and fulvate precursors by using an inexpensive inorganic material as a catalytic or anion exchange material, respectively. The Phase I work demonstrated that one of the ion exchange materials can effect nearly complete removal of the precursor humic substances present in the water. These materials can also catalyze the decomposition of the haloacetic acids at ambient conditions. The goal of the Phase II work is to develop a viable technology for water treatment that either (1) removes the DBP precursor so that low levels of DBPs are obtained with disinfection one or (2) removes the haloacetic acids from the chlorinated water. Sufficient data is needed to reach a go/no go decision that either process is competitive with activated carbon and membrane filtation and proceeding with either process to the pilot stage is a convincing investment.

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