Evoqua Water Technologies names Samsung Austin Semiconductor winner of annual Water Sustainability Award

March 23, 2022
The award recognizes Evoqua customers for their excellence in water stewardship, including those companies using new or existing technologies in innovative, sustainable ways, as well as companies that have made significant strides in water reduction.
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PITTSBURGH — (BUSINESS WIRE; March 22, 2022) — Evoqua Water Technologies, an industry leader in mission-critical water treatment solutions, has named Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC as the recipient of the 2022 Evoqua Water Sustainability Award. The award recognizes Evoqua customers for their excellence in water stewardship, including those companies using new or existing technologies in innovative, sustainable ways, as well as companies that have made significant strides in water reduction.

Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has been recognized for Evoqua's annual sustainability award after demonstrating noteworthy enhancements in waste reduction and water conservation for its semiconductor manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. Samsung Austin Semiconductor is committed to environmental excellence in the operation of its advanced manufacturing operations.

"The Evoqua Sustainability Award proudly celebrates the dedication and innovation of customers deploying technologies and operating practices to reach their sustainability goals," said Ron Keating, Evoqua's chief executive officer. "Samsung Austin Semiconductor's achievements in reducing water and waste in its operations have made it an exemplary company, and we are honored to be part of its sustainability journey."

"Samsung Austin Semiconductor has made numerous strides to address our environmental commitment," said Jeff Smith, vice president of infrastructure technology at Samsung Austin Semiconductor. "It is an honor to receive this award, and we'll continue our efforts to be a leader and steward of our environment in all of our operations and business."

The Austin facility recently upgraded its treatment solution to remove and recover copper from its wastewater prior to discharge in a more environmentally friendly manner. Following a successful pilot project, Evoqua worked with the facility to design and install a full-scale wastewater ion exchange solution based upon collaborative engineering solutions, providing the plant with a simplified and sustainable treatment system.

The system design incorporates many benefits, including:

  • Elimination of an estimated 1.5 million pounds of sludge sent to the landfill annually
  • Removal of lime slurry equating to an estimated 1.5 million gallons of water conserved per year
  • Reducing approximately 1,400 tons of chemicals per year
  • Optimizing its carbon usage rate, thereby reducing the number of service visits required and the amount of carbon media consumed by an estimated 10,000 pounds per year
  • Recovery of copper from the wastewater stream, reducing approximately 15,000 pounds of copper being sent to landfills annually
  • Improving employee safety by reducing the handling of chemicals during the treatment process

Evoqua employees nominate sustainable companies from its customer base for exhibiting excellence in water stewardship, community impact, water and energy efficiency, and environmental protection. The award is given on World Water Day, which occurs annually on March 22. Other finalists included Orange County Water District and Atlantis Dubai.

About Evoqua Water Technologies

Evoqua Water Technologies is a leading provider of mission-critical water and wastewater treatment solutions, offering a broad portfolio of products, services, and expertise to support industrial, municipal, and recreational customers who value water. Evoqua has worked to protect water, the environment, and its employees for more than 100 years, earning a reputation for quality, safety, and reliability around the world. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company operates in more than 150 locations across ten countries. Serving more than 38,000 customers and 200,000 installations worldwide, our employees are united by a common purpose: Transforming Water. Enriching Life. To learn more, visit www.evoqua.com.

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