Columbia wastewater treatment efficiency, costs improved with new contract

Xylem is developing a secondary wastewater treatment solution to eliminate effluent odor problems and improve water quality in Tolu, Colombia.

WHITE PLAINS, NY, Sept. 20, 2013 -- A secondary wastewater treatment solution is set to be developed by Xylem (NYSE:XYL), a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world's most challenging water issues, to eliminate effluent odor problems and significantly improve water quality in Tolu, a town located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

Xylem has won a contract worth $517,000 to develop and install the treatment, and it is one of the first wastewater treatment systems using ultraviolet (UV) disinfection to be developed in Colombia that's expected to boost the economy of the town, which is heavily dependent on tourism.

The Xylem treatment solution will enable the plant to achieve effluent quality that far exceeds local regulatory standards, while also delivering maintenance cost savings of approximately 11 percent annually. The improved quality of effluent will mean that wastewater can be reused in a number of applications. In addition, the new solution will reduce the land area required by more than 90 percent, with the additional available land to be used for commercial purposes and to accommodate a water reservoir.

"We are delighted to be partnering with the authorities in Tolu to develop this innovative solution," said Juan Contreras, project manager for Xylem in Colombia. "This type of innovation will provide a sustainable wastewater solution that will benefit the local eco-system and the environment in the region."

The ICEAS secondary wastewater treatment plant will consist of Xylem's Sanitaire-branded aeration system, decanters, blowers, monitoring, controls and instrumentation. In addition, Xylem's Wedeco-branded TAK UV disinfection system and Xylem's Flygt-branded sludge pumps will be installed at the plant.

The new wastewater treatment solution is expected to be operational in November 2013.

About Xylem

Xylem (NYSE:XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with 2012 annual revenues of $3.8 billion and approximately 12,900 employees worldwide. Xylem has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the last two years for advancing sustainable business practices and solutions worldwide.

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