Is there always a need for a MTBE treatment? If water or soil is contaminated by MTBE, then yes it is needed. MTBE can render water non-potable and such a treatment can save it from contamination. It can also contaminate soil. It behaves differently in both. In soil for example, contrary to other contaminates, MTBE moves quickly. So it reaches deeper levels of the soil sooner and can reach the groundwater. As anyone can imagine this is non-desirable. A MTBE treatment is used to biodegrade MTBE and rapidly and economically remove it from water and soil to undetectable levels. Spills in the soil involving MTBE usually requires a much more aggressive treatment than spills involving gasoline for example.
Cleaning water with MTBE treatment
A MTBE treatment can be used for cleaning water. If MTBE comes in contact with water, it becomes non-potable. It gives water quite an unpleasant taste, even at very low concentrations. That is why it can render large quantities of water non-potable. Which MTBE treatment to use is dependent upon what is contaminated; water, soil or anything else. Based on this information an appropriate MTBE treatment is suggested. If it contaminates water it’s not only hazardous for the environment, but also for the people living in this environment that are dependent upon this water for drinking water.
Saving the environment with MTBE treatment
A MTBE treatment is not an easy task, but worthwhile since it results in a cleaner environment. It can even save the environment from severe contamination. MTBE is also called methyl tert-butyl ether and coming into contact with water or soil it renders it dangerous for the health of humans and animals. Water becomes non-potable and soil useless for growing plants/crops etc. MTBE is manufactured via a chemical reaction of methanol and isobutylene. The first one is acquired via natural gasses and isobutylene is derived from butane. In other words, it’s derived from fossil fuels. A MTBE treatment has a very high separation performance and low energy consumption. It’s also quite cost competitive. Therefore it’s an interesting treatment with which the environment can be saved or at least the effects can be mitigated.