An Australia-based company, Infinite Water, is offering a core solution for drinking water, municipal wastewater and industrial wastewater.
The company’s management team, led by Marketing Director, David Wong Tung, are participants at the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association Conference being held at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel, this week.
The Infinite Water team conducted a presentation on their “Hydroxon” system, which they claim is the first commercial plant to have successfully produced water that has met the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) guidelines for drinking water.
Managing Director, Dr. Agatha Walzcuk, said their system makes drinking and wastewater treatment more cost effective and sustainable in emerging economies.
“Our breakthrough technology has proven to treat highly contaminated water to the most demanding standards, simply, efficiently and cost competitively,” she said.
“We believe that access to safe, clean water and sanitation is a basic human right and we are working to develop a sustainable future for the water sector from an environmental perspective.”
Hydroxon is Infinite Water’s latest technology and has been in development for more than 10 years and on the market for eight months.
“This equipment’s quality is a complete decontamination, and disinfection, compatible and also standardised to W.H.O. (World Health Organization) requirements.
“It’s up to 90 percent reduction in cost of treated water and its over 95 percent water recovery. Furthermore, there is no limit to the volume of treated water.
The system also uses only non-toxic chemicals and energy consumption is very minimal, they claim.
So how does the system work?
“First is the conditioning, the raw water is pumped into the water tank then it’s dosed with specific chemicals which will correct the pH and prevent growth of bacteria and mold.
“The conditioned water is then pumped in to the filtration system, where it meets with high levels of oxidative species that will decontaminate and disinfect.
“This is where the pathogens are destroyed, heavy metals are precipitated, chemicals are degraded and organic matter is degraded as well… the result is clean water.”
The Hydroxon system features a design that can serve a broad range of applications with minor modifications, requiring minimal assembly.
Dr. Walzcuk emphasised the importance of drinking clean water, especially in remote islands like Samoa.
“The Hydroxon system treats raw water, ground surface, rain and municipal pipe water to supply safe drinking water to the highest standards and at a lower cost than conventional technologies.”
Dr. Walzcuk told the Samoa Observer they conducted a case study using copper in Townsville, Australia.
“We treated industrial wastewater for safe discharge. The scope of the project involved the treatment of raw water from the wash down of mining equipment.
“Infinite Water successfully removed all heavy metals and achieved exceptional water clarification, in full compliance with the Australian Drinking water guidelines, and was safely and cost effectively disposed into the ocean.”
They also do work in China.
“The Chinese government and the People’s Liberation Army (P.L.A.) commissioned Infinite Water to engineer and design plans to treat surface water for various sources, rivers, lakes and ponds to produce drinking water which satisfies W.H.O. guidelines.
“After building a prototype and commercial testing plant, we discovered the water had all sorts of contamination.
“However, Infinite Water built and commissioned 25,000 litres per day inside the P.L.A compounds, producing safe drinking water from the Hydroxon system, again up to standard with W.H.O. guidelines.
“The Hydroxon system used during a presentation produces between five to 1,000 kilolitres of water, per day and it costs $150,000 Australian dollars.”