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New mini water treatment plant for your home.

When my wife and I decided to build a new home, we had no idea that the area we chose would not have city water available, since it was so near several large cities. When we looked into the source of water for our new home we found that everybody in our area had a cistern (an underground concrete tank for holding rainwater). When I inquired how they treated the water to make it drinkable, the answer was--they didn't. My response was, I'm not drinking that contaminated stuff! So I began my research and development of the miniature water treatment plant.

Finding the components for the system was not difficult. Getting them to work together proved quite a challenge. The removal of bacteria and viruses was fairly straightforward. Chlorine is by far the undisputed best way to do this. Unlike infrared treatment, chlorine remains in the water to continuously kill bacteria and viruses. The problem is that chlorine mixes with the bacteria it kills and creates carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals known as trihalomethanes. The removal of these chemicals was also fairly easy. It turns out that when you burn coconut shells in a special steam process, you get Granular Activated Carbon (GAC). GAC not only removes trihalomethanes but it also removesa myriad of other chemicals like chlorine, VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) and SOCs (synthetic organic chemicals). These are naturally occurring and man-made chemicals like pesticides, PCBs, dichlorobenzene, etc. This covers all the contaminants of concern in order to produce clean drinking water. This is the same process that most municipal water companies use to make potable (city) water. The problem with city water is that in order to protect the water sent to customers through the pipelines, it is necessary to inject a certain amount of chlorine into that water. This means that water coming from the city has trihalomethanes in it.

I designed and built a control system that would monitor the miniature water treatment plant. This is required so that the system can shut down if there are any problems and to let the user know when it's time to perform some maintenance on the system. A simple computer known as a PLC (programmable logic controller) was incorporated for this purpose. These are very reliable devices that require no maintenance on the part of the user. With this done and the prototype built, I located a facility on the Ohio River in which to test the unit by continuously treating raw river water. After a year and a half of testing, the unit was finally ready for patent and sale, which occurred in 2001.

The first unit dubbed "The Guardian 2000," is still in operation in many homes. One customer loves the system and says that the system is easy to maintain and the water tastes better than city water, which he had at his previous residence. The good taste is primarily due to the fact that the carbon filter removes the bad taste and odor from the treated water. His unit has been in operation for five years now.

There are many water purification devices on the market. Most of these should be classified as "water polishing" devices because they are simply carbon filters that remove chlorine from city water or sediment filters that remove a little dirt (turbidity) from water already processed to remove bacteria and viruses. Devices like distillers are fine but they have the side effect of removing beneficial minerals from the water that the body needs. Reverse osmosis, which uses plastic membranes to filter contaminated water, have the limitation of only being able to process small quantities of water at a time. The miniature water treatment plant can process any raw, contaminated water to a potable state, continuously 24 hours a day, at a rate of six gallons per minute. This is the rate at which most city water is supplied to homes. This makes it possible to connect the miniature water treatment plant on the incoming source water line and treat water that is supplied throughout the entire home. This makes it convenient to drink from any tap in the house along with other advantages like chlorine-free showers, etc. This makes it possible to have the advantages of "city water" in remote areas without the drawbacks of city water.

For more information visit: www. wsideas.com, or write: 12019 Arbor Run Dr., Walton, KY 41094.

ERIC UBELHOR

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Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:May 1, 2006
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