answer would unequivocally be “Yes! ” Ferrate is the most powerful, multi-purpose, and environmentally friendly water and wastewater treatment chemical known, ” said Waite. “Its use for pollution clean-up in the Everglades has long been considered viable, but without a way to produce the chemical locally and affordably, and without a way to deliver it effectively, it didn’t do us much good. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore.” Iron-VI Ferrate (FeO 4 2-) is a supercharged iron molecule that has proven throughout the years to be an extremely powerful and environmentally friendly treatment chemical for water and wastewater. Even though the chemical can deliver multiple treatments from a single application and does not create disinfection by-products, it has only recently been developed into a useable technology for large volumes of water due to its historically high cost of production. Ferrate has long been an attractive treatment chemical, especially for environmental applications like the Everglades clean-up, because it provides this non-byproduct, “green ” solution, while removing problem contaminants such as phosphorus. According to Dr. Waite, ferrate destroys human pathogens including viruses, spores, bacteria, and protozoa, while removing nutrients, toxic metals, pesticides, drugs, hormones, and industrial toxins found in all types of water and wastewater. Unlike chlorine and ozone, which produce harmful by-products, Ferrate’s by-product is an environmentally friendly, insoluble, Iron(III) species. The chemical’s efficacy and utility has been thoroughly documented in over 440 scientific and peer-reviewed publications. As a research scientist, former Associate Dean of th
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