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Aquapolo Ambiental has won the National Water Agency (NWA) Award in the category “Company” for its Aquapolo Project. The annual award recognizes initiatives that contribute to the management and sustainable use of Brazil’s water resources.
The award ceremony took place November 29, 2012 at the Cultural Institution of the Brazilian Federal Savings Bank and was attended by Edson Giriboni, Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources of the State of São Paulo.
Aquapolo Ambiental is a water reuse project created by Foz do Brasil (Odebrecht Organization) and Sabesp, a Brazilian state-owned utility that provides water and sewage services for residential, commercial, and industrial use in the municipalities of the state of São Paulo. The Aquapolo project was initiated to address new government regulations to restrict industrial use of potable water in São Paulo and is the largest industrial water reuse project in the Southern Hemisphere. Aquapolo is designed for a peak capacity of 1,000 liters per second of reuse water and will supply the Capuava Petrochemical Complex of Mauá, located in São Paulo's ABC region, thereby conserving enough drinking water to continuously supply a population of 300,000 people.
Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (KMS), a leading supplier of wastewater treatment systems, provided PURON® membrane bioreactor (MBR) modules as well as MegaMagnum® reverse osmosis (RO) membranes, system design and controls, and after-market support and service for the Aquapolo project. KMS was chosen for its superior technical support and biologi¬cal design, the availability of MBR and RO pilot plants, its vast experience with water-recycling projects, and ability to meet an extremely acceler¬ated delivery schedule.
“The Aquapolo Ambiental water reuse project is definitely a milestone in terms of water reuse initiatives in Brazil,” says KMS Regional Manager Sergio Ribeiro. “Investors and potential end users were just waiting for the plant to start producing and delivering constantly high quality process water to start looking for other projects using the same concept. The retrofit of existing wastewater treatment installations with membranes to produce high quality reuse water is now the name of our game.”