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Pilot program for removing dyes, contaminants

December 8, 2010
KNOXVILLE, TN — Aqua-Chem Inc. and its teaming partner, Enviro-Solutions Ltd., announced initial results from an innovative pilot project with a high-volume U.S. carpet manufacturer, according to a press release.
The project, which began last week, shows that it is possible to produce potable quality water and maintain an 80 percent recovery rate from wastewater that is typically sent to sewers after the manufacturing process, while also extracting valuable heat from the water for reuse in production at the facility, the release stated.
"We believe this is the first time that dye separation and water purification have been successful as a one-part process for a high-volume manufacturing facility," said David Gensterblum, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Aqua-Chem.
"While the process employed is a major step forward in water conservation for the carpet industry, it also has wide applications for manufacturers in other water-intensive industries. With the ability to recycle at least 80 percent of their wastewater, manufacturers will conserve millions of gallons of water per year, taking green manufacturing to a whole new level," Gensterblum added.
According to the release, Aqua-Chem and Enviro-Solutions, whose production site is ready, are preparing to take the process to market.
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