Ottawa County, MI — ECT2 has been chosen to design and implement a water filtration system for a Grand Haven elementary school to help eradicate dangerous contaminants. Robinson Elementary School discovered its water contained high levels of PFAS late last year that resulted in the school using bottled water to help protect its students and faculty. After a year of searching for a solution, ECT2 was selected as the best fit to filter out the dangerous levels of PFAS in the school’s water system — ECT2 is a cost-effective, leading provider of technologies used for creating solutions related to PFAS contamination issues.
The system ECT2 will implement, which is the first Non-Community Public water supply permit for Ion Exchange in Michigan, uses resin beads inside two large filtration tanks that attract and absorb PFAS chemicals through ion exchange. The beads can be removed, disposed of, and replaced each year to ensure the treatment stays effective and useful. These uniquely designed filters are expected to be operating at the Elementary School by February 2020.
According to the EPA, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s. PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. Both chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – meaning they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/pfas.
ECT2 is a recognized global leader in the development of engineered solutions for the removal of emerging contaminants with an emphasis on PFAS removal from drinking water, groundwater remediation, spills, and other sources. Using its synthetic resin technologies, ECT2’s systems, including its proprietary regenerable resin system, provide up to 20 times higher capacity than granular activated carbon at lower cost and a fraction of the waste volume. ECT2 is headquartered in Portland, Maine with an international office located in Williamtown NSW, Australia. For more information, visit www.ect2.com.