Environmental Protection

Calif. Water Recycling Project Chooses KMS Membranes

The city of Santa Paula, Calif., will be the recipient of PURON modules from Koch Membrane Systems as part of a membrane bioreactor system in a new state-of-the-art water recycling facility, according to an Oct. 14 press release.

The project, which was awarded to Santa Paula Water LLC, a company formed by Pacific Environmental Resources Corp. and Alinda Capital Partners, will replace the city's existing wastewater treatment plant.

The new water recycling facility is intended to produce an effluent that meets or exceeds all current environmental wastewater quality standards mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.

"The upgrade of the Santa Paula treatment plant will be Koch Membrane Systems' largest MBR project in the U.S. market and one of the largest installations of the PURON product worldwide," said Imran Jaferey, business development director, water and wastewater for KMS.

MBR systems are used for some of the toughest wastewater treatment applications, including sewage treatment for municipalities and treatment of wastewater for the beverage, textile, food, paper, and chemicals industries

Pacific Environmental Resources Corp. selected PURON membrane filtration modules for Santa Paula's water recycling facility because the modules are energy efficient and the system is easy to operate, with features that are designed to provide significantly lower lifecycle costs.

Juergen Nick, vice president, design and engineering at the company, said, "The reduced air scour requirement of the Koch Membrane Systems design versus other membrane manufacturers translated directly into reduced energy consumption and a reduction in operational costs."

A Recycling Education Center is expected to be included as part of the facility, where local students can learn how water recycling facilities operate. Commissioning of the water recycling facility is expected to take place in mid 2010.

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