EPCA ’13: Interest grows for alternative to chlorine water treatment

06 October 2013 18:06  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--US chlor-alkali producer Olin is seeing increased interest in its bleach-based water treatment solutions from municipalities across the country, an executive with the company said on Sunday.

Rising population figures in the southern US has led to greater demand for clean water, and thus some cities are looking at moving away from elemental chlorine as their primary disinfection source, said Rene Whigham, director and general manager for Olin’s bleach division.

Whigham was speaking on the sidelines of the 47th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting.

One of the alternatives Olin produces is a water disinfection bleach registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency and certified by drinking water and wastewater standard groups, Whigham said.

Chlorine is well regarded in treating water but can be dangerous if accidentally released in its gaseous form. That has led to some public pressure in cities to switch away from chlorine treatment to alternative methods.

According to the company, Olin is the largest producer of industrial bleach in the world.

The EPCA meeting runs from 5-9 October.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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