DENVER, Colo. – 750 million people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. That’s more than twice the population of the United States.
“It’s pretty nasty looking,” said Lockett Wood PhD, CEO & President of Longmont-based Avivid Water Technology, looking at a jar of brown sludge.
Wood says that after nearly a decade of development, he’s discovered a safe way to purify water using a process known as electrocoagulation.
“Much water-purification is done with toxic chemicals like Chlorine, but this is an electrochemical technology,” he said.
Wood starts by pouring dirty water into his reactor.
“We place pure metal ions in the water. Those are highly reactive. They then combine with all the contaminants of the water. So we wind up with clean water on the top and a very dirty sludge on the bottom,” he says.
The reaction takes just a few minutes and then the water separates from the sludge.
“This is an extremely effective way of removing arsenic, heavy metals, biologics, petro-chemicals, pharmaceuticals,” he said.
Wood says it’s so effective, it’s even good enough to drink.
The little machine can process 1,000 gallons of very contaminated water every day and Wood boasts that it can be built to any scale in the future.