The WaveIonics system uses Electrocoagulation Enhanced Filtration technology to remove Total Suspended Solids, Heavy Metals, Emulsified Oils, Bacteria, and other contaminants from water. As water passes through the electrocoagulation cell,  multiple reactions take place simultaneously. First, on the surface of the anode, a metal ion is driven into the water. Second, on the surface of the cathode, water is hydrolyzed into hydrogen gas and hydroxyl groups. And third, electrons flow freely from the cathode to the anode which destabilizes surface charges on suspended solids and emulsified oils. As the reaction begins, metal ions complex with hydroxyl groups and form large flocs that include metals and other contaminants. Suspended solids and emulsified oils are readily entrained within the floc because of the destabilized surface charges. Finally, the hydrogen gas bubbles help to separate and lift the flocs. Depending on the application, the final solids separation step can be done using settling tanks, media filtration, ultrafiltration, and other methods.

Treatment Targets

  • Total Suspended Solids
  • Turbidity
  • Heavy Metals
  • Oil & Grease
  • Bacteria
  • Emulsified Oils
  • Silica
  • Biological Oxygen Demand
  • Chemical Oxygen Demand
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Sulfides
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Phosphorus

Technology Specifications

  • Process flowrate of 10gpm to 1,000gpm in containerized & skidded designs
  • Process flowrates of 1,000gpm to 20,000gpm in plant designs
  • Additional process equipment for pH or conductivity adjustment and other process steps can be easily integrated into the design
  • Real-time water quality monitoring helps ensure performance
  • Touch-screen HMI controls all system automation
  • Web-based remote alert system sends status and error updates to operators phone or email
  • Approved as a General Use Level Designation technology by the Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Purpose-built, containerized or skidded systems that meet UL508 manufacturing standards

How It Works

how does electrocoagulation work video

Watch our video to learn about the WaveIonics system and see a step-by-step process overview.