BOSTON, Oct. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Desalitech, a provider of high-efficiency water production and wastewater treatment solutions, announced today that Environmental Protection Technologies (EPT) of Israel will increase the production rate of its reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment system by 50 percent. Located at the Dead Sea Works chemical plant in Israel, the Closed Circuit Desalination (CCD™) RO plant designed by Desalitech is owned and operated by EPT and currently produces 100 gallons of purified water per minute to supply drinking water for an industrial compound and process water for pharmaceutical manufacturing. Its reliable performance spurred an increased demand for purified water at the site, leading to the planned expansion.
Low humidity and temperatures that regularly exceed 105 degrees F during summer contribute to limited water supplies in the Dead Sea region, where local industries must often rely on expensive deliveries by water trucks. The existing Desalitech RO plant has enabled EPT to make efficient use of a brackish water source near the site, producing high-quality purified water despite high amounts of organic matter and minerals in the pond and the extreme variations in water chemistry, temperature and dust.
"Customers trust EPT to successfully handle problematic water sources and waste streams. Desalitech's high-recovery water systems provide a better solution in challenging conditions than conventional RO processes," said Yechiel Menuchin, Chief Executive Officer of EPT. "With Desalitech, we can achieve the high recovery rates our customers desire, making the maximum use of scarce water resources while minimizing water treatment costs. The system's proven track record of performance and high reliability gives us the confidence to increase capacity to keep up with customer demand."
EPT will also begin offering Desalitech systems to other industrial customers around the world. Desalitech systems optimize limited supplies of scarce water through high water recovery that is resetting the bar for the water treatment industry. Furthermore, high water-use efficiency reduces disposal costs for inland locations by limiting the amount of residual concentrate created.
Nadav Efraty, Desalitech CEO, said, "Desalitech takes great pride in the fact that our solutions are able to handle some of the most challenging water sources on the planet. There's nothing more satisfying than repeat business, and we love working with EPT to deliver reliable high performance that helps industry and contributes to economic growth."
Environmental Protection Technologies Ltd. (EPT) was founded in 1989 to initiate and execute projects in the fields of water and wastewater treatment, recycling, reuse and innovation. EPT offers sustainable comprehensive solutions to complex environmental problems involving water and wastewater treatment. EPT currently supervises, operates and maintains over 30 plants for high quality water supply and wastewater treatment and reuse. The plants serve a wide spectrum of industries including food and beverage, chemical, petrochemical, paper production, dairies, and pharmaceutical applications.
Desalitech provides resource and cost efficient water production and effluent treatment solutions. Its patented next-generation CCD™ process is a proven, highly flexible and low energy water treatment platform that represents the first major improvement in RO water treatment in decades. CCD systems lower costs by 20 to 60 percent by increasing water-use efficiency, reducing energy consumption, increasing flexibility and reliability and greatly reducing the emission of brine waste. With their unique capability of extracting purified water from challenging sources at high recovery rates, CCD products are ideal for industrial water and effluent treatment, agricultural water supply and inland brackish desalination.
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