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Drinking Peroxide: How Hydrogen Peroxide Water Treatment Works
Monday, April 8, 2019

It's estimated that 2 million tons of sewage, industrial waste, and agricultural waste are dumped into the world's water systems every day.

Luckily, the US enforces strict laws against wastewater discharge. But did you know that even treated water can have an effect on human health and the environment?

Many industrial facilities continue to use chlorine to treat their water. Others are switching to hydrogen peroxide water treatment. That's because peroxide water treatment is safer and more effective than chlorine.

Keep reading to learn more.

Why Use Hydrogen Peroxide Water Treatment?

Chlorination is the most commonly used chemical for water treatment. It's thought to be a safe method for removing microorganisms from water. But it's now believed that the oxidation and disinfection process produces carcinogenic compounds.

Those carcinogenic compounds have been found in chlorinated water. They can be absorbed through our skin as well as inhaled. Beyond its dangers to human health, it's also bad for the environment.

Hydrogen peroxide is a high-level disinfectant. It doesn't pose the same risks to humans or the environment.

This oxidizing agent works quickly to release oxygen atoms and oxidize organic matter. It's able to rid of just as many microbial forms as chlorine but in a safer way.

Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide Water Treatment

The benefits of hydrogen peroxide water treatment are plenty. We've listed the top advantages for various industrial facilities below:

  • No contact tank is required because it works faster than chlorine
  • Kills iron bacteria and prevents bacterial slime from building
  • There's no trace of chemical residues because peroxide decomposes fully into water
  • Because hydrogen peroxide integrates into water immediately, it's also biodegradable
  • Improves main and secondary filtration, even under conditions with high organic-loads
  • Cleans organic deposits from irrigation systems
  • Removes any odors from the water caused by hydrogen sulfide gas

Peroxide also removes hydrogen sulfide. This compound is corrosive to plumbing and other fixtures. Meaning that peroxide is lower maintenance

And beyond those benefits, hydrogen peroxide water treatment is also environmentally friendly. It doesn't pollute water, contaminate soils or harm aquifers. In fact, it actually makes more oxygen for plans and soil to consume.

Equipment for Hydrogen Peroxide Water Treatment

For commercial uses, hydrogen peroxide solutions are 35% hydrogen peroxide and 65% water. But some municipal and industrial solutions can be as high as 50%.

In terms of applying hydrogen peroxide, there are two methods.

The first is a continuous injection of hydrogen peroxide at a very low dose. This is the most efficient method because it continuously injects during the irrigation cycle.

The second method is a selective injection, where hydrogen peroxide is injected in the last hour of irrigation. The frequency of treatment can be daily, weekly, or monthly, depending on the water quality of the system.

More on Water Quality

Although chlorine was long-believed to be the best method for treating water, new studies prove otherwise. As such, many industrial facilities are switching to hydrogen peroxide water treatment. Safe for the environment and human health, this strong oxidizer is low maintenance with a big impact.

And to learn more about the quality of your water, check out these water quality monitors.

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