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Pilot Project at J&J Industries Demonstrates Ground-Breaking Carpet Industry Wastewater Purification

Technology from Aqua-Chem shows potential to recover 90 percent of wastewater from carpet manufacturing process


Pilot Project at J&J Industries Demonstrates Ground-Breaking Carpet Industry Wastewater Purification

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Aqua-Chem, Inc., a leader in global water solutions, announced today that it has developed an innovative solution to removing dye and chemical additives from industrial wastewater used in large-scale carpet manufacturing. The results of an industry-first pilot project with J&J Industries, a leading carpet manufacturer based in Dalton, Ga., conclusively demonstrate that it is both practical and economically feasible to remove dye and other additives from industrial wastewater and to reuse the water in carpet dyeing in an environmentally innovative process.

“This is the wave of the future in the global water purification market,” said David Gensterblum, president and CEO of Aqua-Chem. “Clean water is an increasingly valuable commodity everywhere, and our ground-breaking process addresses clean water as a critical expense and environmental issue for a wide range of manufacturers. Aqua-Chem’s water purification technology lowers operating costs dramatically by allowing re-use of wastewater in the manufacturing process. This is a green-themed solution, both environmentally and economically, that works for a wide range of manufacturers.”

The pilot demonstrated that 70 percent of wastewater effluents in dyeing operations can be reused in the manufacturing process. The full-scale system is projected to recover 90 percent of wastewater.

“These are impressive results by any standard,” said Dr. Howard Elder, director of research and environmental affairs at J&J Industries. “Decreasing water consumption is a major focus of ours and we are delighted to participate in the development of this technology.”

Not only has J&J Industries reduced its environmental footprint through energy conservation and waste reduction efforts, the company has received a 2010 Excellence in Partnership (EIP) Award by the Coalition for Government Procurement. J&J Industries was also the recipient of the 2009 Evergreen Award by the General Services Administration (GSA) to recognize efforts in recycling, environmentally preferable procurement and waste reduction.