FabLite Heavy Metal Stormwater Filter Treatment Technology
Filtration System for Reducing Heavy Metals in Stormwater, Industrial Wastewater, and Municipal Wastewater Applications
Fablite is a compound of naturally occurring minerals, which due to its’ unique chemical and physical structure makes an ideal heavy metal stormwater filter treatment solution. FabLite is effective on dissolved heavy metals and low level hydrocarbons, toxic chemicals, and nitrogen compounds.
FabLite Stormwater Filter Treatment Technology Chemically Bonds to Heavy Metals
Fablite’s crystal structures have a unique negative electrical charge, which attracts positively charge particles, called “ions”, to the structure. In Fablite the resident ions that create the charge are typically sodium, potassium and calcium. These positively charged ions are loosely bonded and reside mainly, in the hollow pores and channels of the Fablite crystal structure.
As contaminated water containing dissolved heavy metal ions passes through the Fablite heavy metal stormwater filter, the strongly charged heavy metals displace the sodium, potassium and calcium. This preference and ion replacement process is called Ion Exchange. The metal ions that have been exchanged are firmly bonded to the internal surfaces and due to their strong charge and placement within the structure are extremely difficult to displace.
Fablite is an inorganic, natural mineral that is non-hazardous and non-Toxic. It is non-biodegradable, nonflammable and unaffected by strong chemicals.
Disposing of FabLite Stormwater Filter Treatment Safely
The used Fablite materials must be disposed of according to local, state and federal regulations.
In general, the inherent strength of the chemical/electrical bond combined with the internal complexity of the Fablite compound significantly reduces the potential mobility of these heavy metals and contaminants to natural leaching processes that occur after disposal.
Under the Federals EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Land Disposal Restriction (LDR) specific guidelines are described governing the disposal of waste products to both hazardous and non-hazardous waste sites. Testing under these stringent guidelines typically identifies used Fablite as a non-hazardous, solid waste that can be disposed of at significant cost savings.