To meet permit requirements, Evoqua Water technologies proposed the use of ion exchange for heavy metals removal. Following initial laboratory and pilot testing it was determined that activated carbon would be added prior to the ion exchange vessels to remove biocides and to protect the cation resin. In order to increase the efficiency of the resin to remove copper, the pH of the blowdown water was reduced to <4; following the ion exchange vessels, the pH was increased to 6 for discharge.
The final system included:
- Complete turnkey service contract including ASME code stamped 30 cubic foot vessels, USF ion exchange resin, and resin loading and removal operations.
- The system is designed in a lead lag configuration.
When copper readings from the system reach a predetermined level, Evoqua service technicians replace the exhausted vessels ensuring that the customer never exceeds their discharge limits.
Exhausted resin is transported to Evoqua RCRA permitted facility for regeneration and metal recovery. All residuals from the regeneration process are sent for secondary treatment and recovery; no waste goes to a landfill. The regenerated resin is then shipped back to the customer for reuse.