Aquapolo Water-Reuse Project Wins Brazilian Sustainability Award

By Chemical Processing staff

Jan 02, 2013

The Aquapolo Ambiental water-reuse project received a Brazilian National Water Agency award for contributing to the management and sustainable use of Brazil’s water resources.

The award ceremony took place Nov. 29, 2012, at the Cultural Institution of the Brazilian Federal Savings Bank.

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 addresses 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, according to the companies. Aquapolo has been 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.

The project is expected to conserve enough drinking water to continuously supply a population of 300,000 people.

Koch Membrane Systems, a supplier of wastewater treatment systems, provided Puron membrane bioreactor modules as well as MegaMagnum reverse osmosis membranes, system design and controls, and after-market support and service for the Aquapolo project.

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