The high presence of boron in the waters of northern Chile, which is more than 40 times the levels recommended by the WHO and current Chilean regulations, generates toxicity to humans and the environment, affecting the productivity and the development of agricultural crops. In this line; Fundación Chile, Tratamientos de Agua Mantial and CORFO will present a unique technology that removes all the boron contained in drinking, urban, rural and irrigation water, on Thursday, March 27th at the Poconchile Potable Water Treatment Plant, located in the region of Arica.
The meeting will be attended by the Deputy of Arica and Parinacota, Vlado Mirosevic; Arica and Parinacota Health Authority, Giovana Street; Arica and Parinacota Economy, Development and Tourism Authority , Claudio Acuña; Arica and Parinacota Agriculture Authority, Miguel Saavedra; Intendant of Arica, Emilio Rodríguez; Mayor of Camarones, Iván Romero; Coordinator of the Irrigation Act of Arica and Parinacota region, Osman Cataldo; National Irrigation Commission of Tarapacá, Mauricio Chong; Professional of the Research and Development Division of the National Irrigation Commission, Javiera Herrera; and Monitoring Board of the Río Lluta.
The initiative is a high-efficiency innovative technology and with low cost, based on an optimized ion exchange process using a specific resin for removal of boron contained in water. The water moves through columns packed with resin in an innovative configuration that permits to remove all the boron, then the water may be used for human consumption, irrigation and production purposes.
The boron in northern waters has affected the crops of hundreds of farming families. In affected areas, barely alfalfa and corn is given and other crops with high commercial value have being limited. For this reason, the productivity of these areas is damaged.
“This project opens a market opportunity to work with farmers, health authorities and minings, due to they are limited and regulated, they must remove boron from water for its productive development. The existing technologies in the market are not as efficient as ABAR, either because they do not allow complete removal of boron, the investment and operation is high, and they generate high volumes of waste. Thus, the high demand for water of good quality and cost-efficient technologies offer an opportunity for the creation and implementation of ABAR “ said the Fundación Chile Manager of Water and Environment, Juan Ramón Candia.