A new sustainable method for treating contaminated groundwater has taken shape in a PhD study headed by Bente Højlund, COWI. Major advantages: 1) No chemicals or bacterial cultures are injected and 2) zero groundwater is extracted. With millions of contaminated sites around the world and the subsequent risk of drinking water pollution, sustainable and low-cost cleaning methods are in high demand.
Several years of research into a cheaper and more sustainable way of treating contaminated groundwater reveals very promising results as an attractive alternative to existing methods.
The new method goes like this: You treat groundwater contaminated with carcinogenic chlorinated solvents using an electric current. In practical terms, this means establishing electrochemical zones in the groundwater by installing electrodes in the groundwater reservoir itself.
The PhD project has been headed by PhD student Bente Højlund Hyldegaard, COWI’s department for Waste and Contaminated Sites, and carried out in collaboration with Technical University of Denmark, the Capital Region of Denmark and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Niels Døssing Overheu, M.Sc., environmental engineer and special consultant in Capital Region of Denmark, applauds that a more sustainable method for dealing with groundwater contamination is now taking shape.
Watch video below to know why.