Xylem ozone technology to deliver drinking water to US city

Grand Forks, North Dakota (via FEMA)
Grand Forks, North Dakota (via FEMA)

Xylem announced May 14 that its ozone equipment has been selected to support the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota in developing a new regional water treatment plant. The facility will provide drinking water for the 57,000 people in North Dakota’s third largest city.

Xylem’s ozone treatment solution is designed to ensure the water meets all quality standards, is potable and odour-free. Xylem was selected by Black & Veatch and AE2S Consulting Engineers for the Grand Forks, in a contract worth $2.7 million (€2.2 million). Its technology solution is built to deliver resilience against toxins from harmful algal blooms that generate taste and odour compounds, as well as provide the necessary disinfection for public water consumption, at a low life-cycle cost.

Kevin Flis, business development manager at Xylem, said: “Ozone is one of the most powerful commercially available oxidants. Pollutants, coloured substances, odours and microorganisms are directly destroyed by oxidation, without creating harmful chlorinated by-products or significant residues.”

Water plant supervisor for the Grand Forks John Goetz said: “By building this new facility and investing in efficient, sustainable technology, we will future-proof the plant, ensuring that we can provide safe, clean drinking water for our growing community.”

The new Grand Forks Regional Water Treatment Plant will have a capacity of 20 million gallons (90 million litres) per day. Xylem will supply two Wedeco SMOevo 860 ozone generators, each delivering a capacity of 500 pounds per day, featuring customisation options to meet specific needs, advanced Effizon evo 2G electrode technology and a ‘superior’ generator design.

Construction of the new plant has been underway since December 2016 to replace the aging infrastructure of the existing sixty-two year old plant. It is expected that the new plant will be operational by early 2020.

Grand Forks, North Dakota (via FEMA)