May 14, 2001

Italy to Build World's Largest Membrane Sewage Treatment Plant

An Italian community has chosen ZENON’s technology to treat municipal wastewater for a thriving metropolitan region. The contract is valued at approximately $10 million, and the project is expected to be completed in August of 2002. Based in Oakville, Ontario, ZENON provides advanced membrane products and services for water purification, wastewater treatment and water reuse.
"This will be the largest membrane wastewater treatment plant in the world, and will be an important reference site for us in Europe," said Andrew Benedek, chairman and chief executive officer of ZENON Environmental Inc. He added that the order came after the successful operation of a smaller leachate plant his company has had for the same customer over the past two years.
In an effort to control environmental pollution, the European Union is currently working on new directives for improved treatment of municipal sewage in its member countries. In view of these future regulations, this Italian community has taken direct action by selecting the ZenoGem® system, which uses ZENON’s unique ZeeWeed® membranes to filter water.
Once built, the ZenoGem bioreactor will treat nearly 10 million gallons of wastewater per day and allow the community to safely discharge the treated water back into the environment. This patented technology draws clean water to the inside of the hollow membrane fiber, leaving impurities behind and producing optimal water quality.