KINGWOOD, Texas, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Envirogen Technologies and West Valley Water District ( Rialto, CA) celebrated the Grand Opening of their Groundwater Wellhead Treatment System on October 29, 2016. The Rialto California plant, designed and built by Envirogen processes perchlorate- and nitrate-laden water from the Rialto- Colton groundwater basin, directly for use by the potable water utility. Several wells in this critical water supply were shut down in 1998, after perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel and fireworks, was detected. The historic grand opening was the culmination of years of testing to once again allow this water source to be used to deliver potable drinking water to over 16,000 customers in drought stricken Southern California. The heart of the treatment system is Envirogen's Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR), that relies on naturally occurring bacteria in the water to feast on the oxygen rich perchlorate molecule and transform it to harmless chlorides. This installation represents the first time that environmentally-friendly biological treatment has been used as the sole technology for perchlorate removal in a potable water system. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161108/437038 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161108/437039 According to Ronald Riley, North American CEO of Envirogen Technologies, "Envirogen's patented FBR systems have gained worldwide recognition as a superior, environment-friendly technology for the treatment of groundwater and industrial wastewater. While the FBR technology is used for perchlorate removal in other parts of the country, this is the first installation in the world to deliver treated water directly to customers as potable drinking water," he said.