High Nitrate Levels Threaten Nation’s Drinking Water. Nitron, Ltd., will Unveil Proven Water Technology to Reduce Nitrate Contamination in the U.S.

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Everyday, millions of Americans drink water from their tap, but do they really know what they are drinking? Most people believe their drinking water is safe and yet people throughout the United States will soon receive their Annual Report on Water Quality, detailing the number of contaminants in their water. Nitron Ltd, has developed a cutting edge technology to remove nitrates and deliver quality drinking water by using Selective Electro-Dialysis (SED). Now municipal water systems will be able to offer their residents a more cost effective, energy efficient system for cleaner drinking water.

Rishon Leziyon Municipal Water Union (Israel)

A considerable proportion of the world’s water problems are caused by deterioration in ground-water quality and a rise in concentration of chloride and nitrates. Itai Noach, CEO of Nitron, Israel’s largest private water treatment company.

Yehud-Monosson, Israel (PRWEB) -- Everyday, millions of Americans drink water from their tap, but do they really know what they are drinking? Most people believe their drinking water is safe and yet people throughout the United States will soon receive their Annual Report on Water Quality, detailing the number of contaminants in their water.

“A considerable proportion of the world’s water problems are caused by deterioration in ground-water quality and a rise in concentration of chloride and nitrates,” said Itai Noach, CEO of Nitron, Israel’s largest private water treatment company. In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a 14-year study last month, revealing that untreated water from public wells that serve 105 million Americans is contaminated. In 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey completed another study where scientists found an increase in nitrate, including those found in aquifers used for drinking water.

According to the Environmental Working Group, 30 states have reported levels above EPA guidelines for nitrate contamination, affecting over 6 million people, including: California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, Texas, Iowa, Arizona and Florida, among others. In 2008, the EPA released a ten-year study, finding nitrogen and phosphorus (or nutrient) pollution as a leading cause of water quality impairments in the U.S. The EPA has estimated that as many as 52 percent of community water wells and 57 percent of domestic water wells in the United States, are contaminated by nitrates.

Nitrates are the most common chemical contaminant in the world's ground water. They are colorless and odorless, and if consumed may be dangerous to pregnant women and infants, even causing blue baby syndrome in some cases. “Nitrate contamination of drinking water poses serious health risks and has been found to exceed EPA limits in a number of states,” Noach said. In fish and wildlife, nitrate contamination can cause “dead zones” where fish and other aquatic life can no longer live, damaging the fishing industry. “At a time when the Gulf of Mexico’s fishing industry is at risk due to the oil spill, inland communities cannot take any risks,” said Noach, “in protecting their water systems.”

While a number of states and local governments know about the problem, very few are doing anything to control or eliminate nitrate contamination. Cost and lack of knowing what the options are seem to be the biggest barrier. Nitron Ltd, has developed a cutting edge technology to remove nitrates and deliver quality drinking water by using Selective Electro-Dialysis (SED) – a unique technology that is based on Electro Dialysis, not yet available in the United States. “Nitron has developed a unique clean technology to extract nitrate from our water system that uses less energy and less chemicals with a high recovery rate of water we can use,” said Neta Merhav, Nitron CTO. SED uses an electrical process to separate nitrates selectively from the water and concentrate it in separate cells. It replaces traditional technologies such as reverse osmosis or ion exchange with a simple, cost effective and energy efficient process with little maintenance and operating costs. “Nitron’s SED uses clean technology to extract nitrate from the water system, while using less energy and less chemicals,” said Nitron’s Business Development Manager, Daniel Cohen. The company will unveil their technology at the American Water Works Association ACE 10 (AWWA) event in June 21-24, in Chicago.

Nitron has been treating water for 15 years in Israel and implemented a variety of water projects for over 50 clients. With its experience in Israel, Nitron is now expanding its services in the North American market. With new plans, announced earlier this year, by the EPA, to overhaul its’ efforts to safeguard drinking water and tighten restrictions on waterborne compounds that cause cancer, their arrival in North America is timely. In addition, as the world’s water community gathers in Chicago for the AWWA’s ACE10 event to explore the future of safe water, gain insight into cutting-edge research and best practices, and experience the latest products and services available to the water community, water systems, local governments and others are encouraged to evaluate the quality of their water, and find a realistic solution to the problems plaguing their system. Nitron’s SED technology if used, could help local governments save money while protecting the public health of their citizens.

About Nitron Ltd.
Nitron Ltd. Is Israel's largest water treatment company. Owned by Shikun & Binui, Israel’s leading infrastructure and real estate firm. Nitron deliver BOT projects in Israel (finances, builds and operates) including installations for purifying municipal wastewater and treating polluted water, particularly nitrate contamination. They specialize in Nitrate removal, using Selective Electro-Dialysis (SED-their unique solution). Since 1997, Nitron has worked successful with 15 municipalities in Israel, saving over 55 percent on national water costs. For more information visit http://www.nitron.co.il.

About American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE10)
information, visit http://www.awwa.org/ace10.

Nitron will be exhibiting in the Industry Pavilion at the AWWA-ACE10 at the McCormick Place, West Building, Booth Number: 1578.

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