Tampa’s David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility is working to adopt a new tool to keep drinking water clean. SIX — or “suspended ion exchange” — is a state-of-the-art technology that can help reduce forever chemicals in water.
This news comes ahead of the expected release of the EPA’s finalized regulations on six PFAS chemicals, or forever chemicals. While the proposed limits are not yet official, currently, more than 33% of Florida’s water treatment facilities exceed those limits.
After piloting SIX back in 2020, the Tampa Water Department found that the tool can help reduce the amount of chemicals needed to treat our drinking water, improve the quality of drinking water, and increase operational safety. Once completed, the Tippin facility will become the first SIX facility in America and the largest in the world.