Water & Wastewater Industry News: WWEMA Survey Shows Industry Growth

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WWEMA Survey Shows Industry Growth

The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association has released its 2015 Member Market Indicators Survey. The survey tracks the experiences of manufacturers and their representatives in eight areas, including design work, quotations, bookings/orders, domestic sales, international sales, company employment, materials costs, industry market growth.

Thirty-one companies responded to the 2015 survey. Results show an upward trend in the market, with 70 percent of respondents indicating domestic sales improved from September 2014 to August 2015 vs. the previous 12 months, and 62 percent reported increases in bookings and orders during that time. Members expressed cautious optimism regarding near-term sales, with none predicting a decline in domestic sales for the next 12 months, 70 percent predicting modest growth of 2.5 to 5 percent, 17 percent predicting growth greater than 5 percent, and 13 percent predicting flat sales.

The full report is available to WWEMA members at www.wwema.org.

Aquatech Awarded Zero Liquid Discharge Project

Aquatech, a global leader in water purification technology for industrial and infrastructure markets, will provide water treatment — including a zero liquid discharge plan — for a coal-to-liquids plant in China. Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Co. Ltd., a division of Shenhua Group and China’s biggest coal producer, is developing the conversion project. 

The ZLD plant will recycle more than 55 million liters per day of wastewater and eliminate all wastewater discharge. The recycled water will be treated to a high purity level and reused in the facility. Shenhua selected Aquatech to design, engineer and supply the integrated water facility and to supervise installation and commissioning.

Evoqua Announces Anue Wetwell Washer

Evoqua Water Technologies has released the Anue EP-1100A Series Wetwell Washer, which uses innovative technology to keep wells and vaults free of fats, oils and grease buildup.

The Anue Wetwell Washer offers high-efficiency mixing and dispersion of odor-control products. When used with Evoqua’s liquid phase solutions, this system can help protect against odors and corrosion.

Ovivo Inc. Awarded Two Major Contracts

Ovivo will provide seven 160-foot-diameter clarifiers in duplex stainless steel to Miami-Dade County, Florida. Due to extremely high chloride concentrations in the wastewater, a special corrosion-resistant material is required for this pure oxygen application. Through its heritage brand Eimco Water Technologies, Ovivo will use its Collection Manifold Device to install the clarifiers without structural changes to existing tanks. The equipment will be delivered between March and September 2016.

Ovivo will also supply equipment and control systems related to the Carrousell process to the new Snapfinger wastewater treatment plant, located in DeKalb County, Georgia. The Snapfinger facility will be the largest plant of its kind in the world, serving a half million residents while meeting strict discharge criteria. The equipment will be delivered between 2017 and 2019.

BridgeValley Process Training Unit Opens

BridgeValley Community and Technical College in West Virginia celebrated the opening of a $1 million, $1,800-square-foot Process Training Unit, which was made possible by contributions from Endress+Hauser, BridgeValley and Rockwell Automation.

The BridgeValley PTU will serve as a training facility for companies and students. The PTU combines theory and hands-on approach to help participants gain real-world experience in a safe, working process environment. The BridgeValley PTO is one of 10 such facilities in the U.S., which have been built to keep with heightened workforce demand.

DC Water Awards Kruger ACTIFLO Contract

Kruger Inc., a Veolia business unit specializing in water treatment solutions for municipalities, will provide design services, process equipment and commissioning support to the Design Build Team of PC/CDM Smith as part of a contract from DC Water. Under the contract, Kruger will install its ACTIFLO technology to process and treat wet-weather flows. 

Kruger will implement three 83 mgd ACTIFLO trains for a total treatment capacity of 250 mgd at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. This installation will be the largest ever designed for the ACTIFLO technology in the U.S. To plan for future wet-weather treatment expansions, the project design takes into consideration a total treatment capacity of 500 mgd, which would be accomplished with three additional ACTIFLO trains. The Blue Plains Advanced WWTP is one of the largest advanced wastewater plants in the world and has an outstanding reputation both nationally and internationally for its innovation and excellent compliance record. 



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