Entry for February 5, 2009

The American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey (ACEC/NJ) 2009 Engineering Excellence Awards Program recently honored Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm, for its work on two projects.

As suppliers of ozone based water treatment systems, we are always looking for new developments in the industry especially when ozone is used in well regarded projects. The Canal Road project in new Jersey is one such project.

New Jersey American Water’s Canal Road Water Treatment Plant expansion project was recognized with an Honor Award in the Water and Wastewater Category. A $50 million design-build project, the expansion improved reliability to customers by increasing the facility’s capacity from 60 million gallons per day (MGD) to 80 MGD, with provisions for future expansion to 100 MGD. As part of the project, nearly all of the plant’s processes were expanded or modified. These included: the intake structure and raw water screening; raw water pump station; rapid mix, flocculation, and sedimentation; intermediate ozone contact; filtration; disinfection; finished water pumping; chemical handling; and the plant’s supervisory control and data acquisition system. As a result of this project, the Canal Road Water Treatment Plant is operating at a 33 percent increase in capacity, but the plant’s footprint has been reduced by 65 percent. In addition, annual maintenance costs have been reduced by more than $10,000.

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Entry for February 4, 2009

We have come across an interesting article by by DON CROSBY of the Toronto based Sun Times dealing with a bottled water company in Ontario.  Most bottled water is treated by ozone, so it is of significant interest to us.  In this case, the company, Ice river Springs, the second largest water bottling company in Canada, is trying to make their product more environmentally friendly. 

Ice River has plans to recycle plastic containers and reuse the material by  establishing a plastic recycling facility that will keep used plastic from being shipped to China for processing and shipped back.

“Ice River Springs will be the first in North America with a bottle-to-bottle recycling facility.” said Sandy Gott, one of the family owners of Ice River Springs. In 2005 the company opened Blue Mountain Plastics which produces plastic containers for its own use and for sale to others in the food and beverage industries but relies on buying the raw product from offshore sources.  In recent years the company has taken several corporate decisions toward increased efficiency developing environmental awareness within the company.  Last summer the company won an industry award for its use of recycled cardboard in its packaging the same year it launched a line of products that are packaged in tetra packs which are made 75 per cent out of paper.  Last year in conjunction with Grey Sauble Conservation the company planted 16,000 trees on its properties.

The company has reduced by 40 per cent the amount of plastic used in its plastic bottles by creating a lighter bottle. It’s also reduced the amount of fuel trucks use to deliver its products by 60 per cent through the use of tri-axle trailers which carry 12,000 pounds per load.

Water is put through one micron size filter. The raw water is then subjected to the process of ozonation — a water treatment process that destroys bacteria and other microorganisms through an infusion of ozone, which is gas produced by subjecting oxygen molecules to high electrical voltages and adding a third atom of oxygen to water.

Ozonation is every effective for inactivating Cryptosporidium bacteria and other naturally-occurring organisms.  “It’s 2,000 times more effective at killing bacteria than chlorine,” said Gott, “when you put it in a bottle and put the cap back on it reverts back to oxygen. So there’s no residual for the consumer and no by-product. The reason we do that is because bottled water has a shelf life of two years,” Gott said.

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