By David H. Martin

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) drew more than 20,000 water professionals to its 90th annual WEFTEC meeting, on the shore of Lake Michigan, where the organization first met in 1928. Then known as the Federation of Sewage Works Associations, WEF has evolved with today’s sophisticated, big-water industry that balances water use and giving back to the environment. WEFTEC programs and products showcased conservation, recycling and automation systems featuring digital technology to speed up water improvement processes and save energy, while reducing the footprint of wastewater plants.

Water reuse historian James Crook explained how water reuse has progressed through the years to today’s water world, in which experience, research and regulatory controls have resulted in the safe use of reclaimed water for many applications, including potable purposes. WC&P International interviewed Dean Amhaus, President and CEO of The Water Council, based in Milwaukee, WI. David Garman, Chief Technology Officer for The Water Council, discussed the energy-water-food nexus with a lineup of leading food, beverage and energy leaders who participated in the session.

The Water Council’s Global Water Center is at near capacity, housing partners in its award-winning cluster of water technology startups, said Amhaus. This November, Amhaus was part of a delegation to the Oasis Conferences in China. The conferences, which were held with support from the US Commercial Service at the US Embassy in Beijing, featured panels of experts from Wisconsin talking about stormwater management and efficient water use. “At WEFTEC,” said Amhaus, “we are supporting water technology startup companies with commercialization potential, by showcasing them to a panel of investors, advisors and potential customers.” The Milwaukee Global Water Center is also home to the council’s free-to-all Global Water Port, which Amhaus describes as a “super-charged search engine for researchers and water industry professionals.” It is a massive and unique database of water technology subjects that is open and easily accessed. “What’s more,”said Amhaus,” it enables visitors to efficiently access experts in all water disciplines.” Students, researchers and water professionals can arrange for a free demonstration of the Global Water Port by first visiting, then contacting Karen Frost, VP Business Development, at or (414) 988-8755.

SUEZ acquires GE Water & Process Technologies
Paris-based European water giant, SUEZ announced its acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies (GE Water) at an October 2 industry press breakfast. SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions will operate under the leadership of Heiner Markoff, former President and CEO of GE Water. The new combined business unit has more than 10,000 employees and 50,000 customers worldwide. Also, SUEZ introduced Ozonia M, described as the first marine-certified ozone system for ballast water treatment. In addition to marine applications, Ozonia M treats municipal and industrial effluents from a compact footprint, while lowering energy consumption by 25 percent and increasing ozone production by 20 percent.

Element Six Diamox technology used in Siemens Zimpro system
WC&P International met with Hossein Zarrin, head of Element Six, a unit of De Beers, the world leader in diamonds, including synthetic diamonds for oxidizing recalcitrant pollutants in wastewater. “The synthetic diamond materials technology we have been able to combine with Siemens’ Zimpro electro-oxidation process is inherently compact and modular, which means it is highly flexible for customers looking for small-volume, low-temperature AOPs,” commented Zarrin. According to Element Six, Diamox is a cost-effective and highly efficient wastewater treatment electrochemical cell, using free-standing, boron-doped diamond electrodes. It is effective in treating extremely contaminated wastewater that cannot be treated with biological methods. The Diamox packaged reactor is simple to implement into on-site industrial wastewater treatment systems, providing an environmentally cleaner and versatile solution that can be used in various types of effluents, with no hazardous chemical additives. A small-footprint packaged product, it can be scaled in size to fit any existing or new industrial water treatment plant. The new 20-cell version has five times the oxidation capacity of earlier versions, for on-site wastewater systems that are simple to operate and maintain. Adds Zarrin, “Diamox technology has been successfully used for treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater, textile dye-house wastewater treatment and refinery spent-caustics treatment. It permits direct discharge or reuse of the water and, unlike other electrochemical AOPs, requires no additional chemical dosing.”

WesTech and Microvi Biotech join forces
WesTech Engineering, Inc. has signed an exclusive alliance agreement with Microvi Biotech, Inc. to promote that company’s technologies in the US and Canada. WesTech’s initial focus will be to provide turnkey solutions for drinking water nitrate removal. Microvi’s innovative nitrate removal, Denitrovi, has been awarded approval by California’s stringent Division of Drinking Water and is also NSF/ANSI 61-certified. These water technologies are based on engineered polymer-microoganism composites called biocatalysts, which contain a high density of a single species of microorganisms (natural, non-pathogenic, non-genetically modified). These biocatylists actively convert targeted pollutants into non-harmful byproducts without producing a biological waste stream. In a WEFTEC interview, Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi, CEO of Mocrovi, spoke of how Westech’s broad manufacturing and process design experience will accelerate adoption of Microvi’s revolutionary biological technology. “This exciting alliance realizes significant benefits across the globe,” said Shirazi, “including a small footprint, lower operating expenses and no environmental impact. Our breakthrough technologies, coupled with WesTech’s 45-year history of providing process solutions, align innovation, engineering and experience in ways that will transform the way our customers treat water and wastewater.”

News heard around 2017 WEFTEC
Smith & Loveless has obtained the exclusive right to integrate RF Wastewater/Nuvoda’s patented lignocellulosic biofilm technology for high-rate biofilm treatment for nutrient removal, granular biomass and enhanced clarifier settling, all new eco-friendly processes that bring green solutions to clean water treatment.

Endress+Hauser exhibited its new CA80TP Liquiline phosphorus analyzer that measures total phosphorus online, dramatically reducing time to obtain results compared to lab methods.

This year, Dow FILMTEC celebrates the 40th anniversary of FILMTEC RO elements. RO product innovation has reduced the energy consumption of using membrane technology by a factor of almost three, making up to 33 percent of total operating costs.

Fluence Corporation introduced its unique, patented MABR process for highly efficient aeration and biofilm nitrification-denitrification of wastewater. The spiral design minimizes physical space needed to maximize treatment surface.

Xylem introduced its new Godwin S series dewatering pumps that offer new levels of control, efficiency and environmental protection for the toughest dewatering jobs.

Trojan UV displayed its TrojanUVSigna™ ultraviolet wastewater disinfection system. The company’s largest installation in the US (896 UV lamps) is located at the Terrance O’Brian facility, owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Chicago, IL.

Delta Americas made its debut in the water and wastewater sector at WEFTEC 2017. A global leader in power and thermal management solutions, the company is bringing its large portfolio of industrial automation equipment and solutions to municipal and industrial water.

The 2017 WEFTEC Show in Chicago displayed many new technologies to help take the waste out of wastewater. Next year, WEFTEC will move to New Orleans, LA and the show will be held September 29–October 3. Mark your calendars now and start planning.

About the author
David H. Martin is President of Lenzi Martin Marketing, Oak Park, IL, a firm specializing in water improvement and environmental marketing that integrates old and new media. He can be reached at (708) 848-8404 or by email at


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