Groundwater treatment and environmental cleanup services generate around $18 billion annually in the United States because of our increased production rate over the past few decades. In fact, from 2009 to 2014, the industry grew by 6.3% annually as more government agencies stress the importance of keeping our nation’s groundwater clean to project us from harmful pathogens.
What is Groundwater? Groundwater is the water found below the Earth’s surface and is tapped into and extracted from the porous subsurface terrain. Groundwater accounts for nearly 95% of the nation’s available fresh water, and about 40% of the nation’s population uses it as their main source of drinking water.
Based on these facts alone, it is important to have some sort of water treatment process wherever residences and businesses rely on groundwater. Water treatment companies have various groundwater remediation equipment they use to clean and filter water so that it can be used for every day purposes.
The most common water treatment systems can be easily mounted on skids, open trailers, inside enclosed cargo containers, or in shed buildings. Although the groundwater remediation equipment can be a bit of an eye sore, it is necessary to ensure the safety of the general population.
Here are the most common forms of groundwater remediation equipment used:
- Submersible Pumps: These generally pump floating hydrocarbons, leachate, and condensate. The pumps operate automatically and do not need a controller; they are very durable and can withstand the harshest of environments.
- Transfer Pumps:Very corrosion resistant, these pumps normally have an enclosed impeller to maintain maximum efficiency when remediating groundwater. The vent is also easily accessible if it needs to be changed and includes stainless steel plugs and drain connections.
- Filters: These filter bags come in a variety of designs to fit the needs of the user and have a flow rate ranging between 5 and 5,000 gallons per minute at a pressure ranging from 75 to 3,000 psi. Custom designs are also available to suit a specific need.
- Air Strippers: These remediation devices are low profile and low maintenance and boast a removable tray made usually of aluminum. Users will be able to access a side panel to remove the tray for easy cleaning and replacing. This equipment is 99% efficient and offers a flow rate of up to 250 gpm.
- Oil Water Separators: Also made from marine grade aluminum, these units are used for groundwater and wastewater remediation. They contain a coalescing media which aids in the collection and removal of small oil droplets suspended in the water and is very effective in removing other floating solids.
These are just five common groundwater remediation equipment options, there are plenty more options to suit your specific need and they all vary in efficiency and price.
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