According to a study by the American Chemistry Council, about 57,000 water treatment facilities and 9,000 waste water treatment facilities in the U.S. and Canada rely on chlorine chemistry. Elemental chlorine is widely accepted for water purification and disinfection because the technology required for its use is simple, highly reliable, and can be employed in systems that range in size from those serving small communities to those serving the largest metropolitan areas.
Low Cost, Easy to Use, Highly Effective
Chlorine is also low in cost, easy to use and, most importantly, has been shown to be extremely effective in protecting and preserving public health by destroying the water-borne pathogens that cause a range of diseases. In addition to being effective in the primary water treatment facility, only chlorine-based disinfectants provide residual disinfectant levels to help protect treated water as it journeys from the treatment plant to the tap.
Some water-treatment facilities, however, are considering a change from traditional chlorine gas systems. Some are experiencing public pressure from citizens concerned about the possible accidental release of chlorine gas. Others are hearing from legislators, regulators or advocacy groups that their chlorine supplies could be subject to terrorist attacks.
Olin takes these concerns seriously and constantly works to minimize these risks both at our own sites and at customer locations. We have an excellent safety record, and we demonstrate every day that it is possible to work with chlorine safely and to handle it carefully and with respect. For customers who are contemplating alternative systems, however, Olin has a solution that will allow water-treatment facilities to continue to benefit from the many advantages of the chlorine molecule.
A Simple Solution Using Delivered Bleach
As North America’s largest producer of industrial bleach, Olin has technical resources to work with water-treatment facilities and convert them from a chlorine gas system to chlorine bleach from Olin. In doing so, Olin can help provide an easy solution that is safe, effective, reliable, easy to implement, easily expandable, cost-effective and operator friendly.
Equally important, the bleach we supply for use in water disinfection is registered by the U.S. EPA under FIFRAand by Health Canada under PCPA, certified to the quality standards of NSF/ANSI Standard 60, and meets the requirements of AWWA B300.
Water-treatment operations can continue to realize the many benefits of the chlorine molecule for disinfection and purification.