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Denitrification in Municipal Drinking Water

Friday, July 24, 2020

Frontier completed a pilot study at a western municipality for nitrate removal from the city’s drinking water supplies. The city owns and operates a reverse osmosis (RO) plant for treatment of hardness and nitrate in the city water supplies. Changes to their discharge permit will necessitate nitrate treatment and reuse the brine stream produced from the RO. Using an expanded bed, upflow bioreactor, FWS successfully demonstrated full and efficient denitrification from concentrations that reached 72 mg/L nitrate as N in the RO brine stream and post treatment to meet EPA standards for drinking water. Results from the successful pilot study lead to preliminary design of a full scale 1.67 MGD RO brine treatment plant for the city.