Phosphates, the naturally occurring form of phosphorus, are used as essential nutrients for plant growth and crop production. It is a non-renewable resource that must be mined from nature, and as such cannot be artificially produced.
Phosphates present a unique challenge to wastewater treatment operators in many countries around the world. Although non-toxic, phosphates entering water systems through untreated sewage effluent and agricultural run-off can result in eutrophication.
This is a serious form of water pollution wherein algae bloom, consuming oxygen and creating a “dead zone” where nothing can live. In the United States alone, economic damage from eutrophication is estimated to be $2.2 billion a year.
ToxSorb for Municipal Wastewater
The vast majority of phosphate removal and recovery solutions employ a physical/chemical process that relies heavily on coagulants.These chemicals are costly and have the negative effective of producing large volumes of sludge, which then need to be disposed of. ToxSorb has developed a novel approach to phosphorus treatment, by leveraging its MAC technology to adsorption phosphates to levels below 1ppm, using 80-90% less chemicals than conventional technologies.ToxSorb’s MAC media also enables the recovery of Phosphorus, which can serve as a meaningful source of revenue to offset the cost of treatment. This is a game-changer in the world of phosphorus treatment.