Oct. 1, 2012
Collection of water and wastewater news headlines from the Asia/Pacific/Americas

Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket technology for Indonesian food & beverage manufacturer

Anaerobic technologies supplier Biothane, part of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (Veolia), has been awarded a contract to provide a food & beverage manufacturer with a wastewater treatment plant in Indonesia.

Using the designed solution, the manufacturer will be able to process 1,032 m3 of water and 7,000 kg of chemical on demand load everyday.

Under the agreement, Biothane will provide the manufacturer with a complete wastewater treatment system, which includes a pre-treatment process.

During pre-treatment, suspended solids, together with fats, oils and greases will be efficiently removed from the sewage through screening and purification. Subsequently, the effluent undergoes biological treatment within a Biothane UASB reactor.

For this project, activated sludge aerobic treatment is integrated with Biothane UASB technology to obtain effluents that meet regulatory standards for discharge. Sludge collected is further treated using a centrifuge decanter.

Sri Lanka to get $300m to upgrade water/wastewater infrastructure

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing $300 million in loans to overhaul the quality, coverage, and management of water and wastewater services in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

The multitranche financing facility approved by the ADB Board of Directors will support a $400 million government investment program to improve water and sanitation in greater Colombo.

ADB's first tranche loan of $84 million will focus on reducing water losses in Colombo, which are estimated to cost more than $13 million a year in foregone revenue.

The program aims to make water available 24 hours a day throughout greater Colombo by 2020, with a focus on improving services in underserved areas. It targets a reduction in non-revenue water losses from nearly 50% in 2012 to about 20% by 2020 and seeks to ensure 100% sewer network coverage by 2020.

ADB's assistance will be used to repair or replace water transmission and distribution pipes and pumps, install high quality meters, and implement network mapping and leakage controls. It will fund new sewer connections and the construction of two wastewater treatment plants and support measures to strengthen the management and operations of the oversight agencies, the National Water Supply and Drainage

ADB has donated over half a billion US dollars for water supply and sanitation to Sri Lanka since 1986.

"Parts of Colombo's water supply distribution network are over 100 years old and some areas only get water for less than half the day, while the sewer network suffers from frequent collapses and blockages," said Mingyuan Fan, Urban Development Specialist in ADB's South Asia Department. "Our assistance will help the government make water and sanitation services higher quality, cost-effective, and sustainable."

Business News

India and China growth help Singapore's Hyflux almost double revenue in third quarter

Hyflux and its subsidiaries recorded a 15% increase in profit to S$14.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, with revenue fro the period at S$155 million. This is an improvement of 66% compared to the same period last year.

The Asia region without China provided 80% or S$123.9 million to total revenue, while China also chalked up increased saels of S$26.4 million. Revenue contribution from the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) was S$4.7 million.

In a statement Hyflux said: "The uncertainties on a global economic front will continue to have an impact on the pipeline of water infrastructure projects in the Group's key markets, such as Asia including China and MENA. While the environment remains challenging, the group will continue to focus on driving technology and innovation to provide cost-effective solutions to the markets."