Ionics' Okla. installation inaugurates third generation EDR technology

Sponsored by

CLINTON, OK, April 28, 2005 -- GE Infrastructure Water & Process Technologies (W&PT), a unit of General Electric Company, held a dedication ceremony recognizing Ionics Inc.'s third generation EDR system, which is producing 4.5 mgd of drinking water for area residents of Oklahoma's Foss Reservoir.

The area's topography is highlighted by its inclusion in the Washita National Wildlife Refuge.

This new system -- based on the principle of electrodialysis reversal (EDR) -- was installed to produce potable water from high calcium brackish surface water. This event was held at the Charles E. Engleman Water Treatment Plant on April 28.

Brief remarks on the project were given by:
-- Foss Conservancy District president David Berrong
-- Brent Kissling, state director of USDA Rural Development.
-- Larry Walkoviak, manager of the Oklahoma and Texas area office of the Bureau of Reclamation.
-- Brian Hermon, with Ionics (now owned by GE W&PT)
-- Clinton Mayor Lynn Norman, and
-- David Thompson, representing Congressman Frank Lucas, who was to deliver the dedication address.

Work on the major upgrade of the plant began in October 2002. With the upgrade essentially done capacity has been increased from 2.8 million gallons a day. A maximum production test of the plant was conducted on April 4.

The third generation EDR system was installed to meet the surrounding area's increasing potable water needs and allow the Foss Reservoir Master Conservancy District to reduce operating and maintenance costs. The improved EDR technology at Foss Reservoir provides a cost effective solution, higher quality of drinking water and a smaller footprint.

The Foss Reservoir water treatment plant has operated successfully for the last 31 years, having relied on electrodialysis technology from Ionics Inc. EDR has since become a time-proven membrane process for desalinating water and there are over 1,500 EDR-based water desalination systems in operation in both the United States and throughout the world.

GE Water & Process Technologies (www.gewater.com), a unit of GE Infrastructure, is a leading global supplier of water, wastewater and process systems solutions. W&PT delivers customer value by improving performance and product quality and by reducing operating costs and extending equipment life in a broad range of products and services. These products and services are used to optimize total water/process system performance, safeguard customer assets from corrosion, fouling and scaling, and protect the environment through water and energy conservation.

Some information for this report was drawn from the Clinton Daily News.

Photo copyright Wildsteps.com Inc. (2002: Washita National Wildlife Refuge)

###

Sponsored by

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Atmospheric releases of BPA could contaminate surface waters, research finds

Researchers from the University of Missouri and U.S. Geological Survey have assessed water quality near industrial sites in the state of Missouri that are permitted to release Bisphenol-A into the air.

MO city sets deadline to settle CWA violations at wastewater treatment plant

The city of Granby, Mo., has agreed to an administrative civil settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency that requires the city to take a series of actions by July 2018 to correct several Clean Water Act violations related to the operation of its wastewater treatment plat.

Reclamation investing $50M to help conserve water in drought-stricken west

As part of the Obama Administration's effort to bring relief to western communities impacted by drought, the Bureau of Reclamation will invest nearly $50 million to support 64 projects that involve improving water efficiency and conservation in California and 11 other western states.

Crude oil spill contaminates Santa Barbara beach; cleanup efforts underway

On Wednesday, May 20, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a state of emergency for Santa Barbara County due to the effects of a major crude oil spill that occurred early Tuesday near Refugio State Beach, located 20 miles west of Santa Barbara, California

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA