“I don’t think there’s anything better than MIOX.”
Fred Black – Field Manager for Entranosa Water in New Mexico.
Here at Entranosa, we’re spread out for about 250 square miles. About 18 or 19 years ago, we used to use sodium hypochlorite, so it was very heavy and back-breaking. It wasn’t too safe for the workers.
Sodium hypochlorite also, if you don’t use it fast enough, will lose its potency. And so that was another problem was disposing what we didn’t use. We also had problems with biofilm in the pipes. And we also had problems with the injectors really clogging up on a regular basis.
So we’ve been operating here with MIOX now since 1995. The automation is simple, I mean it’s just simple to use. MIOX is a lot cleaner, the biofilm is not there like what I used to see when I first started. It used to be a lot of brown stuff growing inside the pipe. We don’t have that anymore. What’s nice about MIOX is we’re finding out that the effects of the disinfection lasts a lot longer.
We have about 250 square miles that we have to distribute to. We can inject here at the site at the beginning about a .5 or .6 residual cure. By the time you drive 10-14 miles out further, we’re receiving .36, and sometimes .5. I don’t think we have any interference with the biofilm to eat up any of that.
It’s very safe. We’re only dealing with salt. We’re putting salt into these cans, and that’s all we’re dealing with. We don’t have to worry about having a hazard, or a break in the chlorine tank that we have to contain. HAA5s and trihalomethanes are two of the samples which are byproducts of chlorine that we have to control and test for. We have not had a hit since we’ve been using MIOX.
A lot of people that you’ll find out here in the New Mexico area, they buy bottled water to drink. A lot of the folks when they come out to the East Mountain area of Albuquerque, they specifically want to live on Entranosa’s system because they like the water a lot better. It must say something about the taste, and that’s a big plus.
I don’t think there’s anything better than MIOX.