Case Study

Switch From Virgin To Reactivated Carbon Reduces Municipality's Water Treatment Costs

Source: Calgon Carbon Corporation

The Town of Guilderland and its water treatment plant are located in east-central New York, approximately 7 miles northwest of the state capitol of Albany, and about 125 miles north of New York City.

In 2010, officials for the Guilderland Water District authorized a full-scale pilot program to determine the impact on cost and water quality associated with using reactivated carbon as a filtration media instead of virgin granular activated carbon (GAC). Due to the success of the pilot program, the water treatment facility has transitioned over the past two years exclusively to reactivated carbon filtration, which has enabled the municipality to realize cost savings of more than 20 percent with no diminution in the quality of its water.