Wastewater Filtration With AMC ZeoClean

It is well known the fracturing industry produces billions of gallons of wastewater each year. Several processing plants exist that allow for oil to be separated from water and water to be re-used for additional fracturing or cleaned and entered back into the ecosystem. AMC ZeoClean has the ability to properly filter fracturing water of heavy metals, radiation, and hydrocarbons. Possibilities exist for filtration chambers that use AMC ZeoClean as part of the process to filter down to acceptable release into streams. Natural AMC ZeoClean, in the wastewater treatment of mixed metal contaminated effluents, showed through the conditioning or Clinoptilolite, that 90% of heavy metals could be removed within a 15 minute contact time.

The volumes of fracturing wastewater that are being produced are creating value added means of disposal. The Oil and Gas Research Council approved a study for Dust Control by identifying oil wells that produce salt water that is high in calcium and low in sodium for the counties to use as a dust control method on gravel roads. AMC ZeoClean is already used as a water conservation tool in dust control. If NORMs are present at all in this wastewater, bio-accumulation can easily occur in roadside ditches. Spreading 7+ mesh AMC ZeoClean on roads prior to dust treatment will have a twofold advantage both with increased water utilization and capturing of NORMS.

Water Filtration With AMC Zeolite

The possibility to filter for the removal of various ions from salty waters and brines was studied in study of radium removal from mine water with the application of AMC ZeoCleans as water softeners. They found very promising techniques for removal of not only radium isotopes, but also other ions (barium, iron, manganese). Treatment of several various water samples was done to assess the removal efficiency for natural radionuclides. Results showed very good effects for the removal of radium isotopes as well as for barium ions. The study concluded that it can be clearly seen that the results of purification were very good. The efficiency of radium removal from water exceeded 90 % for all samples (Application of Zeolites, 2013).

Application Specific Benefits

Aquariums – Stabilizes ammonia levels while a biological filter is established
– Provides a large surface area for the growth of nitrifying bacteria
– Safe for aquatic life, plants and nitrifying bacteria
– Absorbs dissolved organic compounds and heavy metals
– Prevents new tank syndrome
– Filters micro particles
– Stabilizes water pH levels
– Prevents algae growth
– Improves water clarity
– Zeolite filters can be cleansed in a saltwater solution and reused Zeolite is not for use in saltwater aquariums.
Stormwater Management – Absorbs heavy metal pollutants that do not degrade in the natural environment
– Filters dissolved and suspended metals like lead (Pb), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn)
– Absorbs arsenate, solvents and fuel components
– High levels of contaminant absorption take place within the first hour of contact
Drinking Water – Softens water by absorbing calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg)
– Removes chlorine (Cl) from tap water
– Removes iron (Fe) from ground water sources
– Removes contaminants like heavy metals and ammonia (NH3)
– Neutralizes slightly acidic water
– Improves water clarity
– Provides better liquid/solid separation than other filters such as alum and polymer
– Capable of replacing sand and anthracite in gravity and pressure vessel filters
Pools and Hot Tubs – Absorbs nitrates (NO3), ammonia (NH3), phosphates (PO43), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn)
– Traps and captures skin and blood cells
– Removes bacteria algae and cryptosporidium
– Prevents the leaching of contaminants
– Prevents the formation of chloramines which cause eye irritation
– Prevents odors
– Improves water clarity
– Zeolite filters can be kept clean with fewer backwash cycles than sand filters
Ponds – Filters and absorbs ammonia (NH3), nitrates (NO3) and phosphates (PO43)
– Absorbs ammonia at a faster rate than nitrifying bacteria
– Prevents the growth of algae
– Improves water pH balance
– Filters fine particles and dissolved compounds
– Improves water clarity
– Classified as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) for aquatic animals and plants
– Zeolite filter can be cleansed in a saltwater solution and reused Zeolite is not for use in saltwater ponds.
Mining tailing ponds – Adsorbs and binds heavy metals and cyanide (CN-) found in mine waters
– Dehydrates and deodorizes sludge
– Capable of reducing liquid effluent to solid waste that can be safely controlled
– Prevents leaching due to the strong bonds formed between zeolite and heavy metals
– Prevents heavy metals and cyanide (CN-) from entering streams and aquifer systems
– Absorbs heavy metal cations including silver (Ag), cobalt (Co), manganese (Mn), aluminum (Al), cesium (Cs), magnesium (Mg), arsenic (As), copper (Cu), molybdenum (Mo), cadmium (Cd), iron (Fe), nickel (Ni), chromium (Cr), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb), strontium (Sr), uranium (U), zinc (Zn)