Monday, February 29 2016
Iron Removal for Domestic Boreholes
In response to numerous requests from borehole owners, we have developed a low cost system for removing iron from water in domestic applications.
Our system uses chlorine as an oxidise iron and manganese in the water prior to passing it through a specialized catalytic filter media (DMI-65) which promotes the oxidation of iron, causing it to precipitate out into he media bed. The iron particles are then back washed from the filter in the same way as a pool filter is back washed. DMI-65 is highly effective and is unique in that it does not require regeneration, unlike many other iron removal medias on the market. Indeed, the media has a life span of up to 10 years if operated correctly, making electricity the only operating cost of the system.
Chlorine is dosed as Calcium hypochlorite in slow release tablets through an in-line dosing system. This has the advantage maintaining a residual concentration in the water downstream, thereby disinfecting it and preventing re-infection.
Our system is available in two sizes 300LPH and 500LPH and can be supplied with an automatic or manual filter head.
For more information please visit our on-line store.
Thursday, February 11 2016
Mosstrich Abbattoir Water Treatment, De Aar
The Mosstrich abbattoir in De Aar inthe Northern Cape utilizes the municipal water supply for all of its operations. However, the water has a hardness >350ppm and is also known to be shown bacterial contamination on occasion.
A2V were appointed to design a water treatment plant that would achieve the standards required by the National Directorate of Veterinary Services. The system implemented comprised the following processes:
- Zeolite filtration remove particulates down to 5um
- GAC filtration to remove possible organic contaminants such as pesticides
- Ion exchange softening to reduce hardness to less than 10ppm
- Disinfection by means on on site chlorine dioxide generator
- Booster pump installation to supply water to the abbattoir
Sugarbird Manor Water Treatment
The Sugarbird Manor Guesthouse and a number of residences on the Protea Heights farm all utilize water from two boreholes on the site. The water is exceptionally pure with the result that it is highly corrosive. This was leading the usual problems associated with corrosive water in domestic applications, namely:
- burst geysers
- laundry staining
- staining of sanitary ware
- pipe bursts
A2V designed and installed a limestone contact tank on the rising main from the borehole pumps to the main reservoir which resolved the problems previously experienced. Partial stabilization of corrosive water with limestone has been shown be the CSIR to be a low maintenance and cost effective method of reducing corrosion in plumbing systems.
A2V also implemented a disinfection program at the main reservoir to ensure that any bacterial contamination of the groundwater would be neutralized. This was achieved by using slow release Calcium hypochlorite tablets in a floating dispenser.
Protea Chemicals – Upgrade of Acid Storage Facility
A2V were appointed to upgrade two Sulphuric Acid facilities at Protea Chemicals’ Killarney Gardens site. The existing facilities had been largely destroyed by acid attack over the years an had to be largely rebuilt.
A2V carried out the conceptual design in conjunction with Proteas’ engineers, after which A2V completed the structural design. and project manged the implementation of the project.
The bunds comprised reinforced concrete wall and floors lined in polyethylene anchor knob sheeting. The Anchor Knob Sheets(AKS) used were UV stabilised 3mm thick polyethylene sheets which are stubbed with knobs that are cast into the concrete walls and slab soffits. AKS can also be grouted onto floor slabs and walls of existing structures. Once the concrete is partially cured the form work is removed and the joints between AKS sheets are sealed by plastic extrusion welding.
This method of lining proved to me more cost effective than some of the epoxy lining systems considered, despite the more labor intensive nature of the installation.