Case Studies

Missouri City Ensures Compliance through HMO Technology

The city of Bonne Terre, Missouri, had plans to use groundwater from four different wells with varying levels of contaminants. A plan was needed to successfully treat the radium, iron and manganese detected in these sources at two separate sites. With an interest in pre-formed Hydrous Manganese Oxide (HMO) technology, the city made the decision to work with Tonka Water, a Kurita brand, to conduct a pilot study that [...]

DReeM Polymer™ Technology Cleans Boilers & Reduces Customer Fuel Spend

A food ingredients production facility had a chronic issue with process leaks in their heat exchangers at their gelatin processing unit. This resulted in product being sent back to the boiler via the condensate. The gelatin is high viscosity which regularly wore out the seals of the heat exchangers. The gelatin, containing hard water, also caused foaming, and eventually significant scale was formed in the water tube [...]

System Refurbishment Provides Cost Savings and Improved Performance

It quickly became apparent to the new operator at the Goldfield, Iowa plant that their current water treatment system was not running efficiently. They decided to contact Tonka Water, a U.S. Water Brand, to request a service visit to troubleshoot some high service pumps. The service trip report recommended a refurbishment due to the age of the media and resin, as well as issues relating to vessel flow and performance. [...]

Iowa City Treats Radium Through Hydrous Manganese Oxide

Farley, Iowa was in need of a new water plant for the treatment of multiple wells containing iron and radium. When considering technology options, the city chose a Hydrous Manganese Oxide (HMO) technology over other available treatment options due to a number of cost-saving opportunities. One of the key benefits included reduced operating expenses due to the elimination of brine waste. Due to their extensive HMO [...]

Tribal Community in New Mexico Treats Arsenic Through Pressure Filtration

Santa Ana Pueblo, NM required an additional water treatment system to meet the needs of their growing community. After previously working on a project with Tonka Water, a U.S. Water Brand, and being impressed with the high level of customer service they had experienced, the Pueblo once again sought out the company’s expertise. Santa Ana Pueblo opted to pre-purchase the new treatment system for construction, [...]

HMO Technology Used in Illinois to Reduce Waste

A new groundwater treatment system was needed in Chenoa, Illinois to replace an aging reverse osmosis system. A design build approach was used for this project, and Tonka Water, a U.S. Water Brand partnered with the engineer and local contractor to help design a high efficiency system that met the City’s needs. Hydrous Manganese Oxide (HMO) technology was ultimately selected due to reduced waste, cost savings, [...]

Ion Exchange Technology Used to Treat Uranium in Nebraska

Bridgeport, located in western Nebraska, had previously been able to pump water directly out of the ground and into the distribution system, without needing to treat the water. It was later discovered that the water contained elevated levels of uranium, requiring treatment. Uranium can be naturally found in groundwaters, slowly dissolved over time from soils and sedimentary rock. Uranium is also a by-product of [...]

Virginia Town Combats High Levels of Iron and Manganese

Routinely experiencing water restrictions during the summer months due to periods of drought, the town of Round Hill, Virginia knew they needed to increase capacity. With high levels of iron and manganese present, Round Hill made the decision to build a new water treatment plant. The main zone within the town contains nine potable wells, with the new plant being Round Hill’s third treatment facility. The [...]

High Rate Media and Low Backwash Waste Delivered in Washington

Spanaway is located in Pierce County, Washington approximately fifteen miles south of Tacoma. The Spanaway community was experiencing difficulties with manganese in their water distribution system. Tonka Water, a U.S Water Brand, was chosen to provide a new system based on quality of equipment and level of expertise. The water treatment system includes an OptaCell Plus™ pressure filter system and high rate [...]

California University Reduces Water Consumption Through Blowdown Reuse

While the State of California was experiencing a drought in 2015, a southern California university made the decision to treat cooling tower blowdown for reuse at the campus cogeneration plant. The university hired an engineering firm to assist with design specifications and proper integration of the treatment system into the facility. U.S. Water was selected as the equipment supplier and collaborated with the customer [...]

Customized Solution Provided in Illinois to Treat Varying Water Quality

The city was in need of a new water treatment plant as the residents of Lexington, Illinois were experiencing tinted drinking water caused by organic materials in the water. Influent water is sourced from multiple wells, creating a level of complexity due to the unstable water quality. Due to the varying water quality, a customized solution was provided by Tonka Water, a U.S. Water Brand for the removal of Total [...]

Continuous Ion Exchange Technology Utilized to Combat Rising Nitrate Levels

The city of Bayard, Nebraska was experiencing rising nitrate levels in their water and made the decision to pre-purchase a water treatment system to address the nitrate concerns. In addition to the nitrate levels, they also had constraints on their discharge and were unable to discharge to the sewer. This was going to require the acquisition of additional land to dig waste lagoons. The decision to pre-purchase this [...]