Penn State adopts clean water plan

Aug. 7, 2015

PITTSBURGH — The university chose an activated carbon solution to produce high-quality water for its students.

PITTSBURGH — Evoqua Water Technologies will provide adsorption systems to Penn State University to help it meet its water needs, according to a press release.

The university includes 24 campuses, 100,000 students, 1,000 buildings and 7,300 acres, stated the release. The new comprehensive plan is intended to allow it to meet the needs of its students while generating $8.5 billion in economic impact to Pennsylvania.

Evoqua’s solution will remove organic contaminants through 12 high-pressure vessels, noted the release. About 360,000 pounds of its coconut shell-based granular activated carbon will be used in the adsorption systems. The activated carbon is designed to produce high-quality water.

The university conducted a study of its water system to weigh the costs of benefits of several options and develop the plan, reported the release. The school chose to construct a new water treatment plant and install water distribution system upgrades.

The project budget is $62 million, shared the release. The Commonwealth will provide most of the funds.

Evoqua is expected to begin installation in January 2016, with completion scheduled for October 2016, noted the release.

You can find the entire release here.