TREVOSE, Pa. — Over the past 10 years, Degrémont and GE have helped more than 60 local municipalities and industries, including refining and petrochemical, save more than 40 billion liters of water with GE’s ZeeWeed* membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, according to a press release.

The purified water was reused in industrial processes for irrigation and the watering of parkland (where the regulations permit), which preserves the water resources by limiting recourse to drinking water.

In many situations, such as in Cannes (Aquaviva) and Nouméa (James Cook), GE’s technology has contributed to significantly improving the quality of the water output and to reducing the environmental footprint due to its compactness in comparison with conventional clarification-disinfection technologies, stated the release.

Degrémont is an international company and a subsidiary of Suez Environnement that designs, builds, operates and equips water treatment installations for local governments and industries.

Specifically, six of Degrémont’s industrial customers in France, Italy and China together reused more than 40 billion liters of water per year resulting in Degrémont being honored with GE’s ecomagination Leadership Award, noted the release.

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The award recognizes the achievements of industrial users that significantly surpass and improve environmental and industrial operational goals while balancing industrial demands.

“Reusing water for industrial applications allows our customers to avoid using valuable drinking water as feed source. By providing more than 60 of our customers with GE’s ZeeWeed technology has allowed us to help them collectively reuse more than 40 billion liters of water,” said Pierre Yves Pouliquen, director of Degrémont's French business. “We are honored that GE has recognized us for an ecomagination award. Our collaboration and ongoing feedback has enabled us to work closely together on improving membrane and process performance. We have together helped drive energy, footprint and performance optimization, all critical parameters in sustainable development.”

Read the entire press release here.