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Canadian Lodge Upgrades to UF Water Treatment; EPA Fines DuPont

Water resources management and wastewater treatment company Tri-Tech Holding signed a $690,000 contract to provide an ultra-filtration (UF) water treatment system to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge at Jasper Town, Alberta, Canada.

The 1920s-era lodge currently has an ultra-violet (UV) reactor installed along with chlorination as a water treatment system. The UV disinfection process consumes more energy than Tri-Tech’s planned upgrade to a UF process. So, while reducing the operating costs of the water treatment unit, Tri-Tech will also provide a water treatment system with the capacity to produce 2,160 cubic meters of treated water per day, the company said.

The resort, like many hotels and lodges in Canada’s remote areas, gets its water from a nearby natural resource, in this case, Beauvert Lake. According to the statement from Tri-Tech, the Canadian government has raised drinking water treatment standards over the years, creating business opportunities for water treatment solution providers.

Tri-Tech will procure equipment, commission the project, and train personnel. The project will be managed by the J&Y Water Division of Tri-Tech U.S. and is scheduled for completion in May 2012.

The Jasper Lodge project is China-based Tri-Tech’s first contract in North America as well as a first project for its J&Y Water Division.

In other water news, the EPA, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and state and federal Departments of Justice have reached an agreement with DuPont Corp. over pollutant discharges into the Delaware River that allegedly occurred between 2005 and 2011. DuPont has agreed to pay a penalty of $500,000.

The company faced charges of numerous violations at its titanium dioxide manufacturing plant in Edgemoor, Delaware. Some of the more serious alleged violations by DuPont were the discharges of hydrogen chloride, titanium tetrachloride and iron chloride into the Delaware River. Other violations included the discharges of ores, and overflow from the Edge Moor wastewater treatment plant’s neutralizers and clarifiers into the Delaware River, the EPA said.

DuPont has agreed to undertake an environmental compliance assessment, to be completed within 15 months, the EPA said.

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