Xylem updates largest wastewater plant in Romania
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Xylem updates largest wastewater plant in Romania

Global water technology company Xylem Inc. has recently completed an update to Romania’s largest wastewater facility, the Glina wastewater treatment plant in Bucharest. This was a major undertaking, as the Glina plant has a capacity of 1.3 million population equivalent, meaning it treats roughly 600,000 m3 of wastewater per day. Of that, about 400,000 m3 goes through “biological and tertiary” treatment – the highest level of cleaning available, which should ensure that fluid returned to the ecosystem is environmentally friendly.

Xylem’s share price has appreciated 45% over the past 12 months

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Outdated technology meant that some of the wastewater Glina was treating was not of the requisite quality. The weak link was the disk diffusion aeration system, which was unreliable and inefficient, and ultimately led to frequent membrane failures and costly maintenance work. Apa Nova, the wastewater plant’s operator, had enough, and decided to contract Xylem to provide a more reliable system with less energy consumption, better output, and fewer maintenance costs.

The company installed its Sanitaire aeration system, beginning in 2015, and scheduled to complete in 2019. So far, 7 of the plant’s 12 basins have been outfitted with the new tech. However, the result is already apparent: the plant is using less energy and experiencing “consistent aeration” – meaning the water pumped out is higher quality, and the maintenance is easy.

As global warming continues to increase, and the world’s population grows alongside it, water technology will be crucial for human survival. Ageing infrastructure will need to be replaced to retain more water, and wastewater treatment will become commonplace. With a number of cities and countries already committing to recycle all their water, Xylem, through solutions like its Sanitaire aeration system, is leading the charge towards a safer, healthier, tomorrow.


Dominion holds Xylem Inc. in its Global Trends Managed Fund. 

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