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GE proves success of wastewater tech

Results of two-year study show reduction in costs

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GE proves the viability of new wastewater system following two-year develpment project. (Getty Images)
GE proves the viability of new wastewater system following two-year develpment project. (Getty Images)

GE officials have announced that data from an ongoing, nearly two-year demonstration project in Marco Island proves the capability of GE’s new LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater- reatment technology to reduce energy costs and increase productivity, among other key benefits.

GE’s LEAPmbr system, introduced in July 2011, is the result of a multi-year development effort. It was driven by GE’s product innovation and development capabilities and more than 25 years of experience with proven, highly reliable MBR technology in diverse applications around the world. Data from Marco Island demonstrates the cost and efficiency savings of the GE LEAPmbr system compared to existing GE MBR technologies resulting in:
• A minimum 30 percent reduction in energy costs;
• A 15 percent improvement in productivity (greater water-treatment capacity);
• A 50 percent reduction in membrane aeration equipment and controls, leading to a simpler design with lower construction, installation and maintenance costs;
A 20 percent reduction in physical footprint leading to further reduced construction and installation costs as well as lower ongoing consumption of cleaning chemicals

"The number one cost here at our water and wastewater plants is energy,” said Jeff Poteet, general manager of the water and sewer department of Marco Island. “If we can reduce those costs by 30 percent, which is what the LEAPmbr system is going to do for us, it won’t just make my staff look good, it will demonstrate the real value our water utilities are providing to consumers."

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