Zenon takes Georgia
Total of three projects in State of Georgia, value in excess of $34 million
OAKVILLE, Ontario, July 14, 2003 - ZENON's largest project to date for wastewater
treatment will be the expansion of the Gwinnett County F. Wayne Hill Water Resources
Center in Georgia. The company originally announced in January 2003 that it had
received a letter of intent to provide its membrane technology to treat 40 million gallons
of wastewater per day.
By the end of 2005, Gwinnett County is expected to have the largest ZeeWeedŽ based
tertiary treatment facility in the country. The existing wastewater treatment plant
is a water reclamation facility that currently treats 20 million gallons of wastewater per
day, and is based on a traditional approach to wastewater treatment.
According to Adam Minchey, Director, Engineering and Construction for Gwinnett County,
although the plant is meeting all current standards, the choice was made to adopt ZENON's
ZeeWeedŽ membrane technology because of its performance and cost effectiveness, in
addition to the fact that membranes provide potential benefits for future improvements to
processes. "We would like to enhance the quality of life for our residents as
well as improve our surrounding environment," said Mr. Minchey, "and membranes
will allow us to achieve both."
Currently, a portion of the treated effluent is being used for landscape irrigation and
the remainder discharged directly to the Chattahoochee River, downstream of Lake Lanier, a
drinking water source. Eventually, Gwinnett County plans to discharge the treated
effluent directly to Lake Lanier.
"Using ZeeWeedŽ membranes will produce a high level of water quality that will be
able to meet increasingly stricter standards," continued Mr. Minchey.
"This technology has been proven and is also being used in other parts of the
world to augment additional drinking water supplies particularly in water short
Two other Georgia communities have also made the decision to go to membranes for
wastewater treatment. The City of Woodstock Rubes Creek Water Reclamation Facility
has been incurring significant fines for its inability to meet existing permit
requirements for the quality of effluent being discharged into Rubes Creek. One of
the factors stems from overflow situations that have resulted from increasing growth in
City Council decided to retrofit and expand the plant, which is currently using a
non-membrane system that treats 0.5 million gallons of wastewater per day, to a ZeeWeedŽ
membrane system that will treat 1.5 million gallons per day, with the possibility of
future expansion. ZENON's technology makes it easy to retrofit the plant by using
the existing tanks for the plant expansion, without disturbing ongoing plant operations.
The project is set for completion by the end of 2003.
The Pooler Wastewater Treatment Facility in Pooler, Georgia currently treats 1 million
gallons per day. After a decision was made to build a new larger plant due to growth
in the area, membranes were the technology of choice. The new facility is designed
to treat 2.5 million gallons per of wastewater per day.
One of the key reasons for this decision was the opportunity to reuse the treated
effluent. Currently, the plant discharges into the Hardin Canal, adjacent to the
site. However, there are future plans to reuse the water for irrigation. The
plant is expected to be complete by September 2004.
ZENON is a world leader in providing advanced membrane products and services for water
purification, wastewater treatment and water reuse to municipalities and industries
worldwide. With hundreds of installations in over 30 countries, ZeeWeedŽ is
The 2003 recipient of the prestigious Stockholm Industry Water Award, ZENON was selected
because of the company's innovative approaches to the development of water and wastewater
process technologies, contributions to environmental improvement through improved
performance in production processes.