1,4-Dioxane Treatment and Remedy Services from ProAct-USA

1,4-Dioxane (or just “dioxane”) is a colorless, flammable liquid often used in manufacturing chemicals, paper, textiles, cosmetics, and other products. 1,4-Dioxane Treatment can help destroy or remove this liquid. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently identifies dioxane as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”

Dioxane is highly mobile in soil, resists microbial degradation, and does not easily volatilize from water. Because it dissolves so readily in water, dioxane migrates rapidly in groundwater. These characteristics make dioxane difficult to remove from groundwater by common water treatment practices such as air stripping and carbon adsorption.

Pump-and-treat remediation can control dissolved 1,4-dioxane groundwater plume migration. The extracted groundwater must have the dioxane removed or destroyed before the treated water can be discharged.

Resin Adsorption

ProAct’s engineers have found AmbersorbTM to be an effective synthetic resin for adsorbing 1,4-dioxane and other organic compounds from water. At a low 1,4-dioxane concentration, the resin can last for a reasonable period of time, rendering disposal of the resin after one-time use to be cost effective. At a high 1,4-dioxane concentration, regeneration and reuse of the resin may be more cost effective. AmbersorbTMcan be regenerated through steam heating and condensation of the extracted 1,4-dioxane. The condensate then requires disposal. This regeneration may occur in the vessel or after the resin is removed from the media vessel.


  • Low operating cost, no electricity usage.
  • Reusable after regeneration.
  • Not affected by minor influent stream changes.
  • No air emissions.
  • Modular – easily sized to application.
  • Ease of operation and relatively low-maintenance.


  • Requires disposal or regeneration and waste stream disposal.
  • Water must have low turbidity entering the treatment unit.
  • Large footprint or volume of resin may be required, depending on process conditions.
  • Clean water source required for preconditioning or presoaking of the resin during system start-up and backwashing operations.

1,4-Dioxane Treatment Destruction Processes

In general, two types of advanced oxidation technologies are very effective at destroying 1,4-dioxane. One is ultraviolet light (UV) with hydrogen peroxide and the other is ozone with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). These processes are completed when the UV light or ozone catalyzes the dissociation of H2O2into OH* radicals, thereby undergoing chain reactions to destroy 1,4-dioxane.


Ultraviolet (UV) light reacts with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to form hydroxyl radicals (OH*), a powerful chemical oxidant. The hydroxyl radicals then attack the 1,4-dioxane molecules in solution. UV light-catalyzed peroxide (UV-Ox) is often selected as the treatment method to destroy organics and related compounds in pump-and-treat containment systems when those compounds cannot be effectively treated either by air stripping or by carbon adsorption. The process requires clear water to prevent scattering of the UV light which, in many systems, requires acidification or other pretreatment of the water. Post treatment neutralization may be needed prior to effluent discharge.


  • Operates as a destruction process, as opposed to air stripping or carbon adsorption, by which contaminants are extracted and/or concentrated, in a separate phase.
  • Fast reaction rate.
  • No transfer of gaseous chemicals into water is required.
  • No air emissions, and no secondary waste stream or sludge.
  • Small footprint requirements compared with other technologies.
  • Modular – easily sized to application.
  • Standard design for compatibility with commercial electrical cabinets and plumbing.
  • Waste heat can be utilized for other purposes, such as heating a building.


  • UV monitoring may require frequent maintenance and monitoring.
  • Destruction efficiency dependent upon alkalinity, bicarbonate, and contact time with UV lamps.
  • May have high electricity usage, depending on the type of UV lamps used and the organic loading.
  • Water must be free of color and turbidity to allow sufficient UV penetration. Pretreatment may be required.
  • May require multiple units in series, depending on discharge requirements.


Ozone is a powerful oxidant that can degrade organics via both direct and indirect mechanisms. The former is the direct reaction of molecular ozone with the organics. The indirect mechanism involves the secondary oxidants, primarily hydroxyl radicals, which are produced when ozone is degraded. The two major effects of mixing ozone with hydrogen peroxide are: (1) the oxidation efficiency is increased by conversion of ozone molecules to hydroxyl radicals; and (2) ozone transfer from the gas phase to liquid is improved due to an increase in ozone reaction rates.


  • The process leaves no residual taste or odor.
  • Fast reaction rate.
  • On-site destruction of 1,4-Dioxane without the generation of residues.
  • Ozone is generated on site.
  • Suitable for use in residential or commercial settings.


  • Ozone generation may be an energy-intensive or high-maintenance process.
  • Requires transfer of gaseous ozone into water using efficient mass-transfer device or diffusers.
  • Destruction efficiency dependent upon alkalinity, bicarbonate, and contact time with ozone.
  • Peroxide is a dangerous substance and degrades rapidly, requiring appropriate storage and frequent replenishment.

The ProAct Approach to 1,4-Dioxane Treatment

At ProAct, we do not take a “one size fits all approach.” We employ advanced methods to create a precise distribution of oxidants to maximize reaction efficiency. This results in more predictable 1,4-dioxane destruction costs often lower than our competitors. ProAct engineers will evaluate both technologies and will select reliable treatment option best suitable to treat 1,4-dioxane to consistently less than 1.0 μg/L. The selection will be based on the most effective remedy (resin adsorption, UV/peroxide, or ozone/peroxide) with lowest operation and maintenance costs and most feasible to match with the influent water receiving from the other treatment units in operations at the site. At the end, our oxidation system will be designed to meet specific site conditions.