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WesTech Introduces Additional Filtration Products

WesTech Eng. Inc. is further extending its filtration capability by introducing its Rotary Table Vacuum Filter and Ceramic Disc Filter to the industrial and minerals markets.

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WesTech Launches New Website

WesTech Eng. Inc. has announced the launch of its new website.

The new website will better assist municipalities, industries, minerals processing entities, engineers, contractors and maintenance personnel in selecting equipment and solutions for water and wastewater processing applications.

It features revised municipal, industrial and minerals processing solutions pages, as well as the ability to download videos, case studies, white papers and process flow diagrams.

WesTech Engineering Tower Press Filter industrial minerals
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Tower Press Filter Enters Industrial, Minerals Markets

WesTech Eng. Inc. is introducing its Tower Press Filter to the industrial and minerals markets.

The WesTech Tower Press Filter delivers production performance and availability for maximum dewatering in a range of industrial and minerals applications, including fine iron ore concentrates, leach residues, metallurgical precipitates and more. Other benefits include low maintenance and operational costs, as well as fully automatic operation.

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WesTech Appoints New President & CEO

WesTech Eng.’s board of directors has appointed Rex Plaizier as the company’s new president and CEO. The move was effective Sept. 1, 2013.

Plaizier has a 27-year career with WesTech and has served as the company’s president for five years. He holds Master’s degrees in mining engineering and business administration.

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WesTech Recognized as Supplier of the Year

WesTech Eng. has been selected as the 2013 Supplier of the Year by Vale S.A. This prestigious award was received and accepted through WesTech’s Brazilian office, WesTech Equipamentos Industriais LTDA.

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WesTech Appoints International Business Unit Leader

WesTech Eng. Inc. has appointed Philip Lake as the new leader of its International Business Unit. Lake has been in the sedimentation equipment industry for 19 years, during which he has spent time with Wren, Eimco Process Equipment, and PasteThick Associates. Lake now oversees WesTech’s expansion efforts across the globe.

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WesTech Appoints Municipal Water Unit Leader

WesTech Eng. Inc. has appointed Les Uhlmeyer as the leader of its new Municipal Water Treatment Business Unit overseeing the Microfloc and General Filter product lines. Uhlmeyer has more than 30 years of experience in the water treatment industry, spending 22 of those years in leadership positions with Microfloc and General Filter prior to the product lines being acquired by WesTech.

“The General Filter and Microfloc product lines have always enjoyed tremendous customer loyalty,” said Uhlmeyer. “We look forward to enhancing our customer trust and loyalty under WesTech ownership.”

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WesTech Relaunching Microfloc, General Filter Brands

WesTech Eng. Inc. is reintroducing the Microfloc and General Filter brands to the municipal water treatment market.

“The Microfloc and General Filter brands are extraordinarily well-recognized in the industry and enjoy tremendous customer loyalty,” said Steve Brewster, CEO of WesTech Eng. “We believe that reintroducing these brands will cement WesTech as a leader in the design and manufacture of industrial and municipal water treatment equipment.”

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Georgia Treatment Plant Gets an Upgrade

The Heard County Water Authority serves more than 380 connections in and around Franklin, Ga. With a growing population, Heard County was beginning to exceed the capacity of the existing wastewater treatment plant.

Outdated Equipment

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Protecting the Everglades

For 85 years, the city of Boca Raton maintained contaminant levels well below federal wastewater treatment discharge standards, protecting aquifer recharge sites and the Florida Everglades from contamination. With growing populations, demand exceeded the capacity of the treatment plant and threatened its ability to maintain a high level of treatment. To continue the high level of service, the city decided to expand their treatment plant.

Environmental Challenges

Springfield Wastewater Treatment Plant compressible media filter
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WesTech to Supply the Largest Compressible Media Filter in the World

WesTech Eng. Inc., through its subsidiary WWETCO, was selected by Black & Veatch and the City of Springfield, Ohio, to design and manufacture the largest compressible media filter in the world. Installation of 100 million gal per day WWETCO FlexFilter will begin at the Springfield Wastewater Treatment Plant in Springfield, Ohio, in 2013.

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Retrofitting Traveling Bridge Filters

Glendale Heights Wastewater Treatment Plant discharges treated water to the East Branch of the DuPage River in Illinois. Local discharge requirements state that the total suspended solids (TSS) discharging from the plant must be 5 mg/L or less. To remove TSS and meet this standard, Glen­dale Heights employed traveling bridge filters for tertiary treatment. Frequent problems with these filters included: bridge derailment, sand migration, inconsistency during high flows and permanent biological fouling.

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100% Reuse

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) manages water and wastewater treatment for Pensacola, Fla., and surrounding areas. The 19-acre Main Street Wastewater Treatment Plant had been in operation since the 1970s and began to require many upgrades.

Located near the beach off of Pensacola Bay, the Main Street Wastewater Treat­ment Plant was hit by Hurricane Ivan in 2005. When the hurricane struck, it knocked out power to the Main Street Plant for three full days. Some areas of downtown Pensacola were flooded with a combination of storm water, storm surge, and raw sewage.

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Clarifier Design Increases Treatment Capacity at Miami WWTP

WesTech Eng. Inc., of Salt Lake City, has helped to increase the treatment capacity at the Miami Dade South District Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) by 60 million gal per day (mgd). WesTech has supplied four new 195-foot diameter clarifiers and retrofitted six additional 195-foot diameter clarifiers with the proprietary Clarifier Optimization Package (COPTM) design. All 10 clarifiers are now installed and online.

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WesTech Acquires Microfloc, General Filter from Siemens

WesTech Eng. Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with Siemens Industry Inc. to purchase the conventional water treatment business that includes the Microfloc and General Filter product portfolios.

“This is an important strategic acquisition for WesTech,” said Rex Plaizier, WesTech‘s president. “They have extensive installations throughout the United States, a strong reputation, and their product lines complement WesTech’s own in a way that provides the water industry the most comprehensive solution to its water treatment needs.”

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WesTech Acquires Siemens Product Portfolios

WesTech Engineering Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with Siemens Industry Inc. to purchase the conventional water treatment business that includes the Microfloc and General Filter product portfolios.

“This is an important strategic acquisition for WesTech,” said Rex Plaizier, WesTech‘s president. “They have extensive installations throughout the United States, a strong reputation, and their product lines complement WesTech’s own in a way that provides the water industry the most comprehensive solution to its water treatment needs.”

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Biological Nutrient Removal Restores River Habitat on Long Island

WesTech Eng. Inc. of Salt Lake City is helping to restore the river habitat of the Patchogue River and the Great South Bay by employing technologies for the removal of nutrients being discharged by the Patchogue Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) located on the southern shore of Long Island in New York. As a part of this expansion and upgrade, WesTech supplied two STM-Aerotor Biological Nutrient Removal Systems and two 55-ft-diameter secondary clarifiers featuring the proprietary Clarifier Optimization Package (COP) design.

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New Installation Reduces Turbidity and Total Organic Carbon in Alabama

  • WesTech Eng. has supplied critical equipment in the construction of the High Point water treatment plant near Henager, Ala. Built in response to growing populations in and around Henager, the new plant has reduced turbidity and total organic carbon (TOC), increased water quality and simplified operations and maintenance.
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  • Northeast Alabama Water District (NEAW) services 15,200 connections within 2,052 sq miles, resulting in a very large distribution area.
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Filter Diminishes Phosphorus in Nashua River

WesTech Engineering Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah, has successfully utilized the SuperDiscTM Disc Filter in a pilot study to treat the effluent water from the Clinton Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to less than 0.1 mg/L of total phosphorous (TP).

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Lamar, Mo., Selects Compressible Media Filter for Wastewater System Improvements

WWETCO LLC of Canton, Ga., is commissioning their recently installed FlexFilterTM system for the current wastewater system improvements for the city of Lamar, Mo. This compressible media filter has been installed following a lagoon treatment process and is being used for the removal of algae prior to additional treatment in a subsequent nitrification process.