Accelerating Electrons

by Dan Morse, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 4, Pg. 64-66

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: At a wastewater treatment plant in Miami, five scientists have pointed a 1.5 million v `e-beam' at pathogens and hazardous chemicals. It's the only full-scale accelerator in the world located at a treatment plant. And with the data they hope to collect over the next two years, the scientists are expecting to document the electron accelerator as a cost-effective and reliable option for water and wastewater treatment. Inside the e-beam room, the water passes over a 4 ft weir, where it is exposed to something, as a fish, I would not want to feel, says 3-beam scientist Thomas Waite of the University of Miami. Indeed, early tests with the e-beam have shown it capable of killing bacteria, protozoa, viruses, worms—virtually any organism that lives in wastewater.

Subject Headings: Acceleration | Costs | Wastewater management | Water treatment |

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