|Project Summary||Project Information|
The goal of this project is to use crumb rubber to pre- filter drinking water to meet EPA requirements and NSF standards. The first phase of this project will be to determine if crumb rubber will have any leaching characteristics that will be hazardous. If it does, possibly crumb rubber could be used for pasteurization or some other water treatment application. Crumb rubber is currently used in construction and turf field applications. It has also been tested in a ballast water filter application.
Crumb rubber is to be investigated for use in a pre-filter for UV water disinfection to remove particulates and turbidity in order to improve functioning of a UV treatment system. Crumb rubber is to be investigated for use in pasteurization of drinking water as a heating medium to improve the SODIS (solar disinfection using clear plastic bottles in the sun) process.
A complete project description is available in the Project Readiness Package
Special Thanks to Ani-Mat for donating the crumb rubber for our testing.
Special Thanks to Paradigm Environmental Services for donating the Volatile Organic Compounds Testing of our water.
|Planning||Concept Level Design||System Level Design|
EPA Drinking Water Contaminants http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/
Crumb Rubber Volatile Organics Test Results ( 30 mesh crumb rubber tested )
Crumb Rubber Water Metals Testing Results ( 30 mesh crumb rubber soaked in water for 102 hours, then water was tested )
Crumb Rubber Water VOC Testing Results - Long term ( 30 mesh crumb rubber soaked in water for 10 weeks, then water was tested )
Crumb Rubber Water VOC Testing Results - Filtered (Distilled, DI water run through the 3 foot 30 mesh crumb rubber filter)
Crumb Rubber Water TSS Testing Results (Genesee River water run through the 3 foot 30 mesh crumb rubber filter vs. Culligan brand Benchmark)
Crumb Rubber Water Turbidity Testing Results (Genesee River water run through the Clean Water for the World filter vs. Culligan brand Benchmark)