Penn State University to meet growing clean water needs with GAC, adsorption

The central point of Penn State University consists of University Park and the State College region. A key element of its water plan is Evoqua Water Technologies, who will provide its advanced adsorption systems that remove organic contaminants through high-pressure vessels.

Aug 5th, 2015

PITTSBURGH, PA, Aug. 5, 2015 -- The central point of Penn State University consists of University Park and the growing State College region. Without clean water, however, the nearly 1,000 buildings across the more than 7,300 acres at the park would be challenged to meet its teaching, research and public service mission, let alone continue to generate the $8.5 billion in economic impact to Pennsylvania. Thanks to a new comprehensive plan to provide clean water, that's no longer an issue.

A key element of that water plan is Pittsburgh-based Evoqua Water Technologies, who will provide its advanced adsorption systems that remove organic contaminants through twelve 12-foot diameter, high-pressure vessels (HP1230SYS). In addition to the adsorption systems, Evoqua will also supply approximately 360,000 pounds of its Westates AquaCarb® (AC1230C) virgin coconut shell-based granular activated carbon (GAC) for use in the systems.

This type of activated carbon is a high-surface-area carbon designed to remove a wide range of organic compounds and is used in drinking water, home water filtration systems and industrial process water treatment systems where strict water quality specifications must be achieved. Combined with other equipment through the system, this will result in crystal-clear, high-quality water for the campus' drinking, research and general water needs.

The selection of Evoqua's adsorption and GAC is part of a comprehensive study conducted by the University for its 2.4-million-gallon-per-day water system, which included the costs and benefits of multiple options and has ultimately led to a balanced plan that includes a new water treatment plant and water distribution system upgrades.

The plan will allow the University to meet regulatory requirements, operational demands and insurance carrier fire protection water storage standards. The new water treatment plant will be located near the intersection of Big Hollow Road and Service Road on the north side of campus. The total project budget for the water treatment plant and distribution upgrades is $62 million, with the majority of funding coming from the Commonwealth. The Evoqua adsorption systems are scheduled to begin installation in January 2016 and are expected to be completed by October 2016.

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About Evoqua Water Technologies

Evoqua Water Technologies is a specialist in water and wastewater treatment products, systems and services for industrial and municipal customers. Its comprehensive, cost-effective and reliable treatment systems and services reduce fresh water demand, ensure uninterrupted quantity and quality of water, and enable regulatory and environmental compliance. With a wide range of proven product brands and advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies, mobile and emergency water supply solutions and service contract options, Evoqua helps cities provide clean water and industrial plants to maintain productivity and profitability. For more information, visit www.evoqua.com.

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