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New RO membranes tested on Red Sea, Egypt

Speciality chemicals company LANXESS has launched its Lewabrane seawater reverse osmosis membranes following testing on the Red Sea in Egypt. Deutsche MeerwasserEntsalzung (DME) GmbH, a Duisburg-based company were contracted by LANXESS to conduct the tests. The Lewabrane RO S400 HR elements underwent testing in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt in a commercial, industrial-scale desalination plant, and an extensive set of conclusive data has been collected during this time. Three different elements with high rejection rates (HR) are currently available: Lewabrane RO S400 HR, S440 HR and S085 HR 4040.

www.lewabrane.com


Membranes companies join forces

Three names in the membrane business: Rochem, Sepro and APTwater have re-launched under one new consolidated brand name – ULTURA. ULTRURA's focus markets will include rare earths and mining, treatment of the complex cocktails of leachate from landfill sites, on-vessel gray/black water treatment and desalination for delicate marine ecosystems, electro-coating for the automotive industry, food and dairy and advanced process separations for life sciences. The three companies combining means the group has 2500+ installations worldwide, an established presence in the Americas and EMEA.

www.ulturawater.com


Submerged UF membranes for MBR

Membrane technologies company QUA has launched the EnviQ™ submerged ultrafiltration membranes for wastewater treatment and recycle applications as part of the Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) process. EnviQ's includes features such as reverse diffusion and specially designed air diffusers. QUA said EnviQ significantly lowers the total installed cost of biological wastewater treatment and recycle systems as compared to conventional activated sludge processes with tertiary filtration. EnviQ is currently offered in three configurations: E-8C, 16C and 32C, each having surface area of 80, 160 and 320 m2, respectively.

www.quagroup.com


Hollow fibre UF used to retrofit Del Rio plant

Koch Membrane Systems has started-up the initial phase of its retrofit to the ultrafiltration (UF) system at the City of Del Rio's water treatment plant located in Del Rio, Texas. The full retrofit project is scheduled to be completed over the course of a year. In 2003, the city commissioned a new Aquasource brand UF membrane filtration plant in response to the Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (IESWTR) and recommendations by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ). By 2011, the plant's original UF membrane cartridges were showing signs of wear, requiring frequent fiber repairs. Following successful testing of Koch Membrane Systems' TARGA II UF membranes, it was determined that a retrofit could be implemented with minimal modification to the existing system.

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Maryland WWTP's new solar array to serve as state's largest municipally-owned system

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Major Texas company to pay $1.6M civil penalty for CWA oil spill violations

The Department of Justice and the EPA have announced that Superior Crude Gathering has agreed to pay a civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a crude oil spill in 2010 from tanks at the company's oil storage facility in the town of Ingleside, Texas.

Bureau of Reclamation makes WaterSMART grants available to improve water, energy conservation

The Bureau of Reclamation is inviting states, tribes, water and irrigation districts, and other water- and power-related organizations to apply for funding to cost-share on projects that conserve and use water more efficiently, increase renewable energy use and improve energy efficiency.

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