(WESTERVILLE, OH — September 27, 2012) ARCADIS has received an Outstanding Groundwater Project Award in the area of groundwater remediation from the National Ground Water Association.
This Groundwater Remediation Award is for ARCADIS’ role as technical lead in an advanced water treatment research program for hexavalent chromium, or Cr(VI), in drinking water. Cr(VI) is recognized as a human carcinogen. The research was conducted for the city of Glendale, California, in partnership with other cities and agencies.
The award will be presented in December at the NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.
Before the research, no research literature existed proving that treatment technologies could remove Cr(VI) to very low part-per-billion levels in drinking water. Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of California are moving toward limits that could require treatment of Cr(VI) to such levels.
The 10-year-old research program identified several technologies effective at treating Cr(VI) to low levels. They are:
The impact of this project is expected to extend far beyond Glendale.
“Through this work, practical yet innovative solutions have been developed that are being used by Glendale to solve this problem and made available to the industry,” said Peter Kavounas, assistant general manager for Glendale’s water service. “Glendale has made great strides to widely publicize study findings.”
NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.
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