Wastewater pretreatment system supports soda giant's sustainability, reduces cost

Full-scale operations of the BioViper(tm) biological pretreatment system has commenced at the Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) Houston bottling plant...

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Ribbon cutting event at the Dr Pepper Snapple bottling plant in Houston (L-R): Stan Fehr, Plant Manager of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Mike Walker, CEO of Baswood, Derry Hobson EVP Supply Chain at Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Bill Faulds EVP of Baswood, Doug Harris Principal Engineer at Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Kendall Yorn, SVP Packaging and Engineering at Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

HOUSTON, TX, March 6, 2013 -- Baswood Corporation, a provider of advanced wastewater treatment systems, today announced the start of full-scale operations of its BioViper(tm) biological pretreatment system at the Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) Houston bottling plant. Using Baswood's patented technologies, the BioViper(tm) delivers an energy-efficient pretreatment solution that significantly lowers the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) in the bottling plant's facility's effluent while supporting DPS's environmental sustainability goals.

Baswood BioViper(TM) wastewater pretreatment system at the Dr Pepper Snapple Group bottling facility in Houston.
With digestion rates of 75 to 90 percent, the Baswood system provides a reduction in the plant's organic loading, which allows DPS to minimize its burden on the City of Houston wastewater treatment operations and increases the city's capacity to treat wastewater from other industrial customers.

The proprietary BioViper system requires 40 percent less energy to operate than traditional digestion systems and 25 percent less energy than other emerging technologies. In addition to a smaller carbon footprint, the BioViper occupies a small physical footprint, which enabled the pretreatment facility to be built within the existing DPS property boundaries. The modular and scalable system can expand if additional capacity is required for the plant's bottling operations.

Baswood BioViper(TM) wastewater pretreatment system at the Dr Pepper Snapple Group bottling facility in Houston.
The BioViper is based on the patented Aerobic/Anaerobic Integrated Media System (AIMS), which maximizes biological treatment efficiency utilizing Baswood's Dry Cycle Aerobic/Anaerobic Digestion (DCAD) technology. As wastewater passes through distinct treatment zones within the system, sequential treatment results in accelerated digestion of organic wastes, virtually odor free. The BioViper achieves treatment goals with a reduced hydraulic retention and increased solids retention, resulting in lower horsepower demands; is internally self-buffering, reducing the need for costly chemicals; and uses Baswood's proprietary control system, requiring minimal operator oversight.

About Baswood
Baswood offers innovative and sustainable technology-based solutions to wastewater and biosolids treatment for a wide range of industrial and municipal markets. Our proven, patented technologies provide effective treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater streams, as well as biosolids digestion. Founded in 2004, the company delivers innovative, technology-based solutions that produce results. Baswood's state-of-the-art technology has proven effective in treating municipal, agricultural, and industrial waste streams with a cost advantage over baseline technologies.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, PeƱafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda.

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