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Xylem wins $1.5m contract for Chinese wastewater plant upgrade

Water technology company Xylem has won a contract worth almost $1.5 million (€1.37m) to provide wastewater treatment technology as part of a sewage plant upgrade project in China.

A recent report undertaken as part of the Bengbu Integrated Environment Improvement Project found that the urban sewerage and wastewater facilities of Bengbu City (known locally as Pearl City) in Anhui Province were inadequate, with coverage of only about 50%.

As such, expanding sewerage networks and treatment capacity was deemed a high and urgent priority to achieving sustainable water quality and improving the urban environment.

Jiangbo Hu, general manager at Anhui Sunshine Water Service Co., said: “This plant upgrade project in Bengbu City will benefit more than two million people living in the city, easing the pressure on the city’s stretched wastewater networks.”

Xylem’s Leopold Elimi-NITE denitrification system will be used in what will be the largest biological denitrification system in the city.

It will provide tertiary treatment, removing suspended solids and total phosphorus, and delivering biological denitrification of the wastewater.

Heng Zhang, senior sales engineer at Xylem, said the timeline for the project is challenging.

“However, the depth and breadth of our team will allow us to deliver on time. The new plant will have a capacity of 200,000m3/day and will deliver the high effluent quality required by the Chinese government as it seeks to improve effluent quality across the country,” Zhang said.

Construction of the plant is currently underway and it is expected to be operational in December 2016.