Aug 30, 2019

Guam Commissions Its First WWTP With Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection

Itron opens nominations for Itron Innovator Award & WWETT Show establishes partnership

Guam Waterworks Authority commissions a replacement wastewater treatment plant with Guam's first ultraviolet (UV) disinfection process.
Guam Waterworks Authority commissions a replacement wastewater treatment plant with Guam's first ultraviolet (UV) disinfection process.

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Gresham Smith Completes Design of Guam’s First WTP With Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection

Agat-Santa Rita WWTP expands capacity & features Guam’s first municipal ultraviolet disinfection (UV) process

Gresham Smith announced the commissioning of Guam Waterworks Authority’s (GWA) Agat-Santa Rita Wastewater Treatment Plant. The new plant replaces an old, obsolete 0.9 million gallon per day (mgd) plant to provide GWA the critical capacity needed to serve southern Guam, as well as improve effluent quality. Agat-Santa Rita expands dry- and wet-weather capacity to 4.6 and 13.3 mgd, respectively.

See more photos of the commissioning and the Agat-Santa Rita Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The plant houses the first municipal ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system in Guam, which is an environmentally-friendly disinfection solution that eliminates formation of unwanted chemical byproducts. The high quality effluent produced by this new facility is discharged through a deep ocean outfall pipe.

“Ease of operations and maintenance are crucial, and since Guam is an island, we also needed a solution that improves discharge quality to help minimize impact on coral reefs and marine life,” said Miguel C. Bordallo, P.E., general manager for Guam Waterworks Authority. “Gresham Smith and our design team brought us a solution that addresses the unique conditions we face, and spent the time to get into the weeds with our operators on what our challenges are and how they could be addressed. They partnered with local engineers to develop a great solution for GWA.”


Itron Opens Nominations for Innovator Award

Award recognizes solutions created through Itron’s partner enablement programs

Itron Inc. accepting nominations for its first annual Itron Innovator Award. The award will recognize an Itron customer for driving excellence in innovation and taking advantage of Itron’s partner enablement programs to deliver value from concept to consumer. The winner will be announced at Itron Utility Week 2019 in Marco Island, Florida, Oct. 11 to 18.

Nominations must recognize a solution that leverages the tools and services available through Itron’s partner enablement programs, such as development kits, innovation challenges or consulting. The solution must be successfully integrated with Itron technology and utilize Itron networks. Strong preference will be given to products that are deployed in the field and delivering quantifiable outcomes.

“Through our developer ecosystem, we are enabling customers to leverage Itron’s powerful and proven technology and partner network to push the frontier of industrial IoT innovation to create solutions for smart utilities and communities,” said Sharelynn Moore, senior vice president of Networked Solutions at Itron. “This award highlights the success our customers have found through the power of this ecosystem.”

Nominate a solution for the Itron Innovator Award.


WWETT Show Establishes Partnership With ASEAN Water Series

Agreement expands water portolio across North American and Southeast Asia

Informa Markets announced its partnership with the ASEAN Water Series

This strategic alliance will expand the reach across the global water, wastewater and environmental services industry. The new partnership between the WWETT Show – Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show, and the ASEAN Water Series in Southeast Asia, will now offer a water and wastewater portfolio of events worldwide. The new portfolio will span across the U.S., Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

“The WWETT Show is really excited to partner with the ASEAN Water Series,” said Douglas Lugo, director of the WWETT Show. “The partnership will garner exposure amongst our clients, as well as create visibility in a growing Southeast Asian market between water and wastewater industry professionals.”


Aquacycl Raises $4 Million in Seed Round Funding

Investment aims to scale high strength wastewater treatment for food & beverage manufacturers

San Diego-based wastewater technology company Aquacycl announced it has closed a $4M seed round. The Roddenberry Foundation led the investment round with participation from existing and new angel investors and impact funds. The seed funding will help the company expand its sales and marketing efforts as well as scale manufacturing.

“More than 80% of wastewater is discharged or land-applied without any treatment because the current technology is cost prohibitive,” said Orianna Bretschger, CEO of Aquacycl. “We are providing food and beverage producers with technology that will save them up to 90% in wastewater treatment costs. We are proud that our investors recognize the critical problem we are solving for.”