BakerCorp Completes Innovative Water Treatment Project at Superfund Site

BakerCorp’s electrocoagulation technology played a key role in the successful treatment of an EPA Superfund Site in Seattle.

BakerCorp, a leader in water treatment technologies, recently completed its largest project to date at an EPA Superfund site on the Duwamish River in Seattle. The project included a large-scale, non-chemical treatment solution for over 63 million gallons of water.

After 100 years of industrial and urban use, the targeted section of the Superfund site (pictured) experienced nearly a dozen incidents involving sewer or storm water overflows, and it required an adaptable solution specific to the site. Acting as the project’s onsite single-source vendor, BakerCorp developed, engineered and managed a complete solution, utilizing BakerCorp treatment solutions, filtration systems, tanks, pumps and all necessary interconnects.

“We are excited to be part of the clean-up solution for the Duwamish River,” said Mehrzad Emanuel, vice president of filtration at BakerCorp. “We created an adaptable and mobile onsite solution that effectively removed contaminants from a complex water source that will result in a safe and usable river.”

Working in conjunction with the City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, King County, and a large aerospace manufacturer in the Northwest, the project was overseen by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Strict limitations on returning treated water to the river forbade the use of any chemical solutions.

“By using our EC-250 mobile electrocoagulation process, we were able to offer a treatment method that allowed for clean, clear water to be discharged back into the river without the use of any chemicals,” added Emanuel.

Despite several previous unsuccessful water treatment attempts by others, BakerCorp designed a process that could adapt to changing water conditions. Carried by an active water source, the Duwamish River contaminants and their volume varied during the project, and the team of onsite personnel adjusted the process according to the circumstances, while maintaining a steady pace for processing the water. Under such conditions, the system maintained a continuous treatment process with a flow rate up to 900 gallons…

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