1014 North Bridge Street
Linden, Michigan 48451 USA

Differences

 

Differences between Reverse Osmosis (RO) & MEDIA G2
  1. Excessive cost
     
  2. RO only removes Arsenic 5
     
  3. All the plumbing would have to be of non-metallic nature. The building would have to be re-plumbed for this type of water.
     
  4. 50% of the water would be wasted going to drain which would contain arsenic
The issues regarding Reverse Osmosis used by other manufacturers are:
  1. Reverse Osmosis media is not an arsenic removal mechanism per se; rather, they have to dose a substantial amount of ferric chloride and sodium hypochlorite up front of the filters to form a precipitate that is trapped on their media. Their ceramic media has good uniformity compared to a sand filter but has no "magic" aside from that. That's why it lasts forever-it doesn't react with anything in the water.
     
  2. Adding ferric chloride requires storage and metering of dangerous chemical on site. Ferric is highly corrosive and will eat through stainless steel, concrete, etc. To satisfy OSHA, secondary containment will have to be constructed and special materials of construction needed for all components (piping, dosing pumps, etc). If metering pumps malfunction and no chemical is injected arsenic can pass to outlet water.
     
  3. Ferric chloride adds ongoing operational costs that MEDIA G2 does not have.
     
  4. Reverse Osmosis relies on iron co-precipitation for arsenic removal; this method creates a relatively large amount of waste sludge. For this reason, their system is set to backwash often due to the high-pressure drop created by the sludge build-up in the filters.
     
  5. Their system backwashes at a pressure drop of 20 psig which requires more pumping power to overcome than MEDIA G2 which always operated at <10 psig.
     
  6. Even in Reverse Osmosis's Environmental Technology Verification (ETV), the filter outlet exceeded the maximum allowable arsenic concentration of 10 ppb in at least one occasion. Unreliable performance will lead to problems with DEQ.

Key points on MEDIA G2 for this application:

  1. There are no chemicals required. The only cost is capital cost, as backwashing will be automated (say once/month), requiring no labor; O & M costs will be nil as no chemicals are required.
     
  2. Based on the utilization the expected media will last many years before ever needing servicing.
     
  3. ADI's MEDIA G2 is already being used in Michigan under the scrutiny of USEPA and has received excellent reports. There should be no obstacles to obtaining a rapid approval from the State for its use. On the other hand, approvals may be difficult to obtain for other technologies.