Aqwise wins wastewater treatment plant project in northern Israel

Aqwise has announced the integration of its AGAR technology in the construction of the new Meitzar plant in Israel, being established at the Golan Heights' southern region. Situated near Kibbutz Meitzar, the new wastewater treatment plant is designed to serve 13 rural communities, many of them with special farming and live-stock enterprises, requiring treatment capacity for highly polluted wastewater...

• The multi-million dollar project will serve 13 local communities and reclaim wastewater for multi-purpose agriculture irrigation based on Aqwise technology

HERZLIYA, Israel, Aug. 26 2008 -- Aqwise, a leading technology and services provider of Advanced Wastewater Treatment Solutions, has announced the integration of its AGAR® technology in the construction of the new Meitzar plant, being established at the Golan Heights' southern region. Situated near Kibbutz Meitzar, the new wastewater treatment plant is designed to serve 13 rural communities, many of them with special farming and live-stock enterprises, requiring treatment capacity for highly polluted wastewater.

The Aqwise solution will enable the new plant to effectively address the challenge of inflow peaks, associated with regional conditions, and allow gradual project scalability so as to adapt wastewater treatment capacities to the anticipated regional growth.

Designing the entire plant around the Aqwise solution, will enable a quick and cost-efficient expansion of the plant's capacity as the need arises. The initial plan is to gradually expand the capacity of the plant in the upcoming years, up to doubling the influent volume without requiring additional construction and civil works.

For the Meitzar project, Aqwise will deploy its proprietary AGAR® (Attached Growth Airlift Reactor) technology, designed for enhanced BOD and Nutrients removal, complying with the new and stringent effluent requirements and standards recently instituted in Israel.

The Meitzar project is now underway, and expected to be in operation in the beginning of 2009.

Excess sludge produced at the plant will be transferred via direct pipeline to the nearby bio-gas plant, enabling significant savings on the Wastewater Treatment plant's operations.

Aqwise's client, Kolchey Ramat Ha'Golan, is an organization established in 2004 to manage the construction, operation and maintenance of advanced wastewater treatment solutions for the Golan region, whilst DHV MED Ltd., is in charge of overall planning and design. The project's main contractor is Elco Contracting & Services (1973) Ltd. -- a leading Israeli based group in the energy and infrastructure related fields, specializing in electromechanical works including the construction and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants. Elco chose to apply Aqwise's technology in this important project.

Mr. Elad Frenkel, Aqwise CEO, said "we are delighted to be part of this new and important project. Aqwise technology presents a uniquely efficient solution for addressing the challenges associated with projects of this type which often involve several uncertainty factors. The Aqwise solution assures the client with both wastewater treatment process stability and the ability to easily upgrade the plant upon request. We are proud to have been invited to work with our partners to bring that value about."

Aqwise is a world leader in the development and implementation of advanced wastewater treatment solutions for the Industrial and Municipal markets.

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