Friday, 24 March 2000 - PCI Membrane Systems of Milford Ohio, is just completing the commissioning of a PCI Tubular Nanofiltration Plant in North America designed to treat coloured water for Chapel Island First Nation in Nova Scotia.
Using state of the art filtration technology, the "Fyne" membrane plant uses a special material to filter out dissolved organic material from brown coloured lake and river water. Unlike traditional treatment techniques, no chemicals are used to remove the organic material from the water being treated.
If this organic matter is not removed, it can react with chlorine to produce potentially harmful by-products called Trihalomethanes (THM's). Water treated by the "Fyne" process has THM levels well below the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines. This specialist filter also holds back bacteria and viruses making the water even safer to drink.
The process was specifically developed for small communities in Scotland eight years ago. The process is particularly attractive to small communities because it economically produces very high quality water meeting the standards of both today and the future. With no chemicals used in the treatment of the water, there are no chemical wastes to be disposed of.
The water treatment plant is able to operate for extended periods of time automatically, freeing hard pressed village or town operators and maintenance staff to concentrate on other areas, confident that the water treatment plant is producing consistently safe and clean drinking water for the community.
A special computerized monitoring system continually logs performance of the plant and can alert the operator by telephone should any problem occur. A computer link will also allow authorized personnel to check on performance at any time.