WesTech Engineering has signed an exclusive alliance agreement with Microvi Biotech to promote Microvi’s innovative biological technologies for the water and wastewater industries.

The agreement gives WesTech exclusive rights to promote Microvi technologies in the U.S. and Canada while pursuing advantageous partnerships globally.

The alliance builds on the foundation of existing partnership projects, including water and wastewater projects in California, Arizona, Illinois, the United Kingdom and Australia.

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WesTech’s initial focus will be to provide turnkey solutions for drinking water nitrate removal. Microvi’s Denitrovi nitrate removal technology has won approval from California’s stringent Division of Drinking Water and is NSF/ANSI 61 certified.

Microvi technologies are based on engineered polymer-microorganism composites, called biocatalysts, which contain a high density of a single species of microorganisms (natural, non-pathogenic, non-genetically modified). These biocatalysts actively convert targeted pollutants into harmless byproducts without producing a biological waste stream.

An early application of the Microvi technology is at the Sunny Slope water company in Pasadena, California, which provides water for 30,000 households. The installation met the company’s goal to reduce nitrate concentration in high-nitrate wells to less than 5 mg/L as N. It allows Sunny Slope to operate its wells without investing in traditional IX and RO systems. The water company also saw immediate and significant savings over its current procedure of purchasing water and blending down the nitrate from the wells.

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“Biological treatment offers significant advantages for water treatment solutions,” said Rex Plaizier, CEO of WesTech. “WesTech’s broad manufacturing and process design experience, coupled with its extensive sales networks, are ideal for providing comprehensive solutions that will accelerate adoption of Microvi’s revolutionary biological technology for water treatment.”

Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi, CEO of Microvi, observed, “This alliance is another indication of Microvi’s commitment to the water industry, which realizes significant benefits to our customers across the globe. These include a small footprint, lower operating expenses, and no environmental impact.” 

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