USFilter awarded for Hawaii water reuse

A public-private partnership between the Honolulu Board of Water Supply and USFilter Operating Services Inc. won the "Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Water Use" award at the WateReuse Association's 2003 symposium in San Antonio.

"Despite the fact that we're surrounded by an ocean, water is one of Hawaii's most precious natural resources," said Cliff Jamile, manager and chief engineer of the Board of Water Supply. "Our state-of-the-art wastewater reclamation facility enables us to maximize the use of reclaimed water, which allows us to then preserve and protect Hawaii's drinking water supplies."

The award recognizes programs that advance water recycling and preservation, sustain the environment and increase public education of water reuse.

USFilter designed, built and operates a 13-million-gallon-per-day facility that uses microfiltration, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet and other technologies to recycle treated wastewater effluent. It generates water that is sold to power and refining companies and used by the City and County of Honolulu for irrigation purposes.

"Every drop of reclaimed water we use for irrigation, industry and other nondrinking purposes allows us to save a drop of groundwater for use by citizens," Jamile said. "Efforts like this also help keep rates down for the user because we've saved millions of dollars that would have been required to develop additional groundwater resources."