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Unsafe drinking water is one of the world’s most critical health and environmental problems. Nearly 9 percent of the world does not have regular access to clean drinking water.

As an innovative biotech company, SJ Environmental offers multiple adsorbents that capture and remove hazardous chemicals from water, crude oil, and natural gas.

Is Sulfur in Drinking Water Safe?

Sulfur can be consumed in low amounts and is considered a vital part of a healthy diet, but high sulfur concentrations >250 milligrams per liter can cause negative health effects such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Death

Hydrogen sulfide gas occurs naturally in some groundwater. It is formed from decomposing underground deposits of organic matter such as decaying plant material. It’s often present in wells drilled in shale or sandstone, or near coal or peat deposits or oil fields.

How is Sulfur Removed from Drinking Water?

Depending on the concentration level of hydrogen sulfide, there are multiple ways to safely remove the gas from water and make it acceptable to drink.

For extremely low levels of sulfur, adding air to the water can help disperse some of the gas, but does not always reduce the hydrogen sulfide to non-detectable levels.

Chlorine bleach can effectively remove medium to high levels (over 6 mg/l) of hydrogen sulfide. The chlorine in the bleach chemically reacts with the hydrogen sulfide eliminating the foul odor. Chlorine bleach also reacts with iron or manganese and disinfects the water.

H2S adsorbents can be used to mass clean water with a high sulfur concentration that was previously deemed unusable. This process opens the availability of water in shale rock deep underground.

What Can SJ Environmental Do to Help Water Treatment Markets?

We engineer the latest energy purification technology, to maximize our client’s profitability and reduce waste. Our main area of focus is gas purification but this technology can also be used for large-scale water treatment.

As the need for clean water rises, SJ Environmental is prepared to answer the call. We can ultimately pave the way to a greener, brighter future.

If you have questions about how this technology can serve your specific needs, let’s talk.

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