Municipalities of all sizes face increased pressures to provide enough clean water to meet the needs of their growing populations. Effluent guidelines–discharge standards developed by the Environmental Protection Agency governing wastewater, or water that has been used in domestic or industrial applications–have become more strict in recent years, as well.

Using a revolutionized form of a time-tested process, Water Vision provides dependable, cost-effective water and wastewater (including sewage) treatment for the smallest parishes to the largest metros through its Thincell Technology filtration system.


Engineering the Way to Cleaner Water

As a leader in water purification equipment, Water Vision understands the challenges facing city waterworks and public utility departments today. That’s why we designed a new water and wastewater solution that helps public officials:

  • Safeguard public health
  • Protect the environment
  • Reduce reliance on chemicals in water treatment
  • Keep pace with increasing demand
  • Reclaim surface water to be used as drinking water and wastewater for irrigation and industrial uses
  • Meet all relevant effluent water quality regulations and
  • Operate economical and sustainable water treatment systems.


Thincell: Powerful Technology, Proven Results

Electrocoagulation (EC) is a process utilized by municipal water treatment facilities around the world because of its ability to remove suspended solids from wastewater without the need for chemical additives. It’s effective in treating both sewage and surface water.

However, traditional EC is susceptible to passivation, or corrosion, which can cause operating inefficiencies, premature systems shutdowns, and high electrical usage.

Water Vision’s patented Thincell® Technology solves the problem of passivation, while retaining EC’s ability to remove more than 35 different contaminants from water and lower water hardness in potable water. It also helps with bacteria, virus, and pathogen destruction, as well as the removal of suspended solids in a single, efficient treatment.

Thincell’s electrochemistry also allows it to be a natural and extremely effective in-situ disinfectant that upsets the ionic balance of the bacteria and removes dead bacteria through settling or flotation. This is done in one step, whereas traditional EC requires a second technology (electro-oxidation) to complete the disinfection process.

Thincell cleans wastewater in municipal treatment facilities through a combination of electrolytic oxidation, emulsion destabilization, electrocoagulation, and flocculation.

HOW THINCELL WORKS TO TREAT MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER

Thincell’s Process – Stage 1-2

  • Suspended, stabilized and emulsified contaminants exist in fluid
  • Patented proprietary Anode and Cathode prevent electrode passivation
  • Suspended and stabilized contaminants are destabilized, and break into smaller particles.  Emulsified fluids are de-emulsified
  • Bi-polar “Sacrificial Electrodes” release metal ions to form in-situ coagulant

Thincell’s Process – Stage 3

  • Sacrificial electrodes completely dissolve and releases metal ions to form in-situ coagulant
  • Contaminant particles react with in-situ coagulant and form floc.
  • Hydrogen and oxygen bubbles formed at the proprietary cathode and anode carry floc to top of chamber for removal.

Thincell – “The Conductivity Bridge”

  • Patented non-passivating anodes and cathodes – 6” spacing
  • Bi-polar Sacrificial electrodes separated by water molecules form a “conductivity bridge”
  • Thincell treatment is efficient in low conductivity environment
  • Low conductivity treatment is not hindered by passivation.

Thincell’s many advantages make it the best solution for municipal wastewater processes.

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The Thincell Advantage for Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment

Thincell’s inherent advantages make it the best solution for municipal water and wastewater processes:

  • Low investment and operational costs
  • Small equipment footprint with low power requirements
  • Increased flow rates
  • Eliminates passivation
  • Treatment of multiple contaminants in both raw sewage and raw (or surface) water
  • Minimal operator engagement and maintenance downtime
  • Improved personnel safety
  • Eliminates trucking of water for disposal
  • No chemicals required

See the full benefits of Thincell

It’s important to note that Thincell Technology is not limited by process volumes, making it an excellent fit for any size municipal operation. The technology easily adapts to existing plants without the need for costly retrofitting, and a wide variety of automated packages are available.


What else can Thincell Handle?

Raw vs. Treated Sewage

As noted in the well-recognized Vanderbilt study results, removal of biological oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) in wastewater containment tests consistently exceed 95 percent.

Potable Water Results

Thincell causes a broad range of impurities to become separable from potable water.

Thincell® EC Treatment – Potable Water Applications

Potable Water

Contaminant Before EC After EC % Removal
Aldrin (pesticide) 0.063 mg/I 0.001 mg/I 98.4%
Aluminum 224.00 mg/I 0.69 mg/I 99.7%
Americium-241 71.99 pCi/l 0.57 pCi/L 99.2%
Arsenic 0.30 mg/I < 0.01 mg/I 96.7%
Bacteria 110,000,000 cfu 2,700 cfu 100.0%
Barium 0.0145 mg/I < 0.0010 mg/I 93.1%
Boron 4.86 mg/I 1.41 mg/l 71.0%
Cadmium 0.1252 mg/I < 0.0040 mg/I 96.8%
Calcium 1,321.00 mg/l 21.40 mg/l 98.4%
Chlorieviphos (pesticide) 5.87 mg/I 0.03 mg/I 99.5%
Chromium 139.00 mg/I < 0.10 99.9%
Cobalt 0.1238 mg/I 0.0214 mg/I 82.7%
Copper 0.7984 mg/I < 0.0020 99.7%
Cypermethrin (pesticide) 1.30 mg/I 0.07 mg/I 94.6%
DDT (pesticide) 0.261 mg/I 0.002 mg/I 99.2%
Diazinon (pesticide) 34.00 mg/I 0.21 mq/l 99.4%
E coli Bacteria > 2,419.2 mpn 0.0 mpn 100.0%
Lead 0.3497 mg/I < 0.0250 mg/I 92.9%
Lindane (pesticide) 0.143 mg/I 0.001 mg/l 99.3%
Magnesium 13.15 mg/I 0.0444 mg/I 99.7%
Manganese 1.061 mg/I 0.0184 mg/I 98.%
Mercury 0.01 mg/I < 0.002 80.0%
Contaminant Before EC After EC % Removal
Molybdenum 0.18 mg/I 0.04 mg/l 77.8%
Nickel 183 mg/I 0.07 mg/I 100.0%
Nitrate 11.7 mg/l 2.6 mg/I 77.8%
Nitrite 21 mg/I 12 mg/I 42.9%
Nitrogen TKN 1,118.88 mg/l 59.08 mg/l 94.7%
Petroleum Hydrocarbons 72.5 mg/l < 0.2 mg/I 99.7%
Phosphate 28 mg/I 0.2 mg/I 99.3%
Plutonium-239 29.85 pCi/l 0.29 pCi/l 99.0%
Potassium 200 mg/I 110 mg/I 45.0%
Proptamphos (pesticide) 80.87 mg/I 0.36 mg/I 99.6%
Radium 1093.0 pCi/l 0.1 pCi/l 100.0%
Selenium 68 mg/L 38 mg/I 44.1%
Silicon 21.07 mg/I 0.10 mg/I 99.5%
Sodium 8,690 mg/I 5,770 mg/I 33.6%
Sulfate 104 mg/I 68 mg/I 34.6%
Tin 0.213 mg/l < 0.0200 mg/l 90.6%
Total Coliform Bacteria > 2,419.2 mpn 0.0 mpn 100.0%
Uranium 10.8 mg/I 0.1 mg/I 99.1%
Vanadium 0.2621 mg/I < 0.0020 mg/l 99.2%
Zinc 221.00 mg/I 0.14 mg/I 99.9%

Electrocoagulation causes a wide range of impurities to become separable from potable water.

Electrocoagulation application results from online content and literature review.

Bacteria, Pathogen and Virus Removal

In a municipal wastewater facility, the Thincell electrocoagulation technology helps with bacteria, virus, and pathogen destruction as well as the removal of suspended solids in a single, efficient treatment. Its electrochemistry allows Thincell to be a natural in-situ disinfectant that upsets the ionic balance of the bacteria and removes dead bacteria through settling or flotation.

Thincell electrocoagulation cleans wastewater in municipal treatment facilities through a combination of electrolytic oxidation, emulsion destabilization, electrocoagulation, and flocculation in a single chamber. The technology easily adapts to existing plants without the need for costly retrofitting.

Thincell® EC Treatment 

Bacteria, Pathogens, and Virus Removal

Thincell’s unique electrochemical processes are extremely effective disinfectants. More importantly, the Thincell system disinfectants in one step where Traditional EC requires a second technology (electro-oxidation) to complete the disinfectant process.

Thincell electrochemistry produces an in-situ disinfectant that:

  • Upsets the ionic balance of the bacteria via electrocution
  • Generates sodium hypochlorite, hypochlorous acid, and ozone, known disinfectants.
  • Dead bacteria are removed via in-situ generated electro – coagulants through settling or flotation
Feed Sample Treated Water Removal Efficiency
Bacteria (cfu) 110,000,000 2,700 99.998%
Coliform (cfu) 318,000 2,390 99.25%
E Coil Bacteria (mpn) 2,419 0 100.00%
Enterococcus Bacteria (mpn) 83 10 87.95%


Electrocoagulation application results from online content and literature review.

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