An answer for the water?

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 09:41 AM.

Manganese turns the water black or the color of ice tea. Present treatment protocols have failed to fully address the level of the chemical in the water, in part due to the chemicals used.

By moving to lime for pretreatment, McClamma said, that chemical, ferric, would be reduced in addition to the lime helping to remove the manganese.

“This will improve the water quality and cut chemical costs,” McClamma said. “This will allow us to cut back on ferric which is putting more manganese in the water.”

The solution came out of the Virginia Tech study – which identified the manganese levels in the water and offered an array of potential treatment options – as well as consultation with Bay County, which also has a surface water plant and must address similar water discoloration issues.

Florida Rural Water also proposed lime pretreatment as an option.

McClamma worked in Bay County for eight years and his familiar with its treatment protocols and staff from Bay County was in Gulf County earlier this year to perform a small-sample pilot study of lime pretreatment.

“I know this works,” McClamma said. “And the way things are going we have to figure a way to save money on chemicals.”

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