Key West waterways benefit from filtration technology after grease spill

A recent grease spill from a local restaurant has officials praising a new preventative technology from AbTech. Smart Sponge Plus is a filtration system that was installed in 11 stormwater drains on Duval Street to capture grease and keep it from polluting the environment. The Smart Sponge Plus is part of the Key West stormwater management project aimed at blocking oil, bacteria and trash from entering the nearby offshore reef community and coastal waters...

• City of Key West applauds AbTech Industries Smart Sponge® Technology

KEY WEST, FL, March 4, 2008 -- A recent grease spill from a local restaurant is having officials praising a new preventative technology called the Smart Sponge® Plus, a filtration system installed in 11 stormwater drains on Duval Street, after it captured grease from polluting the environment. The Smart Sponge® Plus is part of the Key West stormwater management project aimed at blocking oil, bacteria and trash from entering the nearby offshore reef community and coastal waters.

Operations Management International (OMI) conducted the grease spill clean-up. OMI reported that a total of four gallons of grease was captured in the AbTech Industries' Smart Sponge® Plus filters located in the storm drain adjacent to the source of the grease spill on Duval Street.

"The Duval Street stormwater system is heavily impacted by tourists and recreational activities that leave excessive trash and debris on our streets, sidewalks and storm drains," said Annalise Mannix, Environmental Programs Manager. "It was only a matter of time before an accident of this nature was bound to occur and impact our waterways. We are so grateful that the installation of the Smart Sponge pollutant-removing system was in place to proactively limit any pollutants and toxins from entering our near shore waters."

The Key West stormwater management project involved the installation of 33 debris trapping inserts that have been put into storm drains along Duval Street. The inserts have been provided through a Coral Reef Conservation Fund grant awarded to the city through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In addition to blocking trash and absorbing oil, the Smart Sponge® Plus system contains an antimicrobial agent that destroys E Coli and other bacteria and fungi.

Glenn Rink, President of Scottsdale, AZ-based AbTech Industries, applauded the City of Key West for their initiative to take preventative measures against accidents that may occur and damage the environment.

"The effectiveness of the Smart Sponge® technology is a testament to the forward thinking City of Key West for taking proactive steps in preserving our environment," Rink said.

AbTech Industries, based in Scottsdale, AZ, is a problem-solving company that provides customized clean water solutions to meet specific community and industry needs.

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