When water is contaminated with heavy metals, it becomes a danger to both the environment and human health. It’s important to take steps to ensure the safety of your company’s runoff water so that you meet environmental code. With MetalZorb, an absorbent filtration medium, heavy metals in runoff water are targeted and removed. CleanWay Environmental Partners, Inc. of Portland, OR offers filtration products that meet EPA and NPDES regulations for removing pollutants from urban and industrial stormwater. Below, their experts share some things you should know about controlling heavy metals.
The Dangers of Heavy Metal Contamination
What Are Heavy Metals?
Heavy metals are a common byproduct of many industrial activities. While some metals are necessary for a healthy life, such as iron and zinc, others can be dangerous, particularly if someone is frequently exposed to them. Dangerous heavy metals include mercury, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, lead, and hexavalent chromium. Lesser exposure for civilians can occur through water, food, and air. Industries that use or produce these metals are more likely to create risk through stormwater runoff.
Stormwater pollution occurs when debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants from urban areas and construction sites get washed into storm drains and flows directly into water bodies. Uncontrolled stormwater discharges containing heavy metals from factories can pose significant threats to public health and the environment.
Why Are Heavy Metals Dangerous?
Long-term exposure to low levels of heavy metals can occur in industrial workplaces. This exposure sometimes leads to chronic heavy metal poisoning, which is difficult to treat when identified. Symptoms such as headaches, muscle, and joint pains, and weakness can occur. Too much contact with heavy metals can be detrimental to human health, and in some cases lead to death.
Additionally, The Clean Water Act requires that industrial facilities, construction sites, and municipal separate storm sewer systems have measures in place to prevent stormwater from being discharged with heavy metals into nearby waterways. Violation of EPA regulations can lead to very costly legal fees and fines.
How Does MetalZorb Help?
MetalZorb is designed for heavy metals extraction. It’s a light, high capacity sponge that absorbs and traps metallic ions from flowing water. MetalZorb is placed in a filter vessel or filtration insert, and can be customized to treat known metals contaminating runoff water from a specific facility. In just 20 seconds, the heavy metal content of any water source can be reduced by 90%.
CleanWay Environmental Partners, Inc. has been dedicated to bringing company’s runoff water up to code for over 25 years. They offer a wide variety of stormwater filtration products unique to your company’s needs, from catch basin filtration inserts for your storm drain to absorption booms for clean waterways. For more information, call them at (800) 723-1373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To view their full range of products, visit their website.