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Dow Water & Process Solutions Awarded “Desalination Plant of the Year” by Global Water Intelligence

Published May 04, 2011 | By Steve Halsey

Dow Water & Process Solutions was awarded “Desalination Plant of the Year” by Global Water Intelligence (GWI) for its seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) facility in Kurnell, Australia. The award was presented by former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Anan, during the Global Water Awards ceremony on April 18 in Berlin, Germany.

A leading source of market information for the international water industry, GWI honors top performers in the world of water each year. The Desalination Plant of the Year is given for the most technical achievement in the industry. Other partners in the award were Veolia Water, Sydney Water, Fichtner and the John Holland Group.

The largest operating SWRO desalination facility in Australia, and the third largest in the world, the Kurnell plant began supplying water to customers in 2010. The 250,000 m3/d plant supplies 15 percent of Sydney’s water and can be expanded to 500,000 m3/d. Desalination is delivered via approximately 36,000 DOW FILMTECTM reverse osmosis (RO) elements. In addition, energy requirements for the plant are offset with 100 percent renewable energy from a 67-turine wind farm, and the plant employs an extensive marine life monitoring program.

“The success of the Kurnell facility showcases that SWRO can be a viable and economical long-term clean water solution for drought-prone and/or high-population communities,” says Ian Barbour, general manager, Dow Water & Process Solutions. “We are proud to have the opportunity to use our products to deliver clean water to millions of people in Sydney, and thrilled to be honored by GWI for our contribution to this community.”

The advanced membrane technology from Dow Water & Process Solutions helps communities worldwide to broaden their water sourcing options, and DOW FILMTEC™ components help desalination be an economically viable method of treating seawater to address global water shortages. Dow technology plays a key role in three of the world's five largest desalination projects, including the plants in Tampa Bay, Fla., USA; Ashkelon, Israel; and Perth, Australia.

Learn more about Dow innovation: Dow Water & Process Solutions and FILMTECTM Membranes.

About Dow Water & Process Solutions

The global leader in sustainable separation and purification technology, Dow Water & Process Solutions is making a clear impact in the world. We’re helping to make water safer and more accessible, food taste better, pharmaceuticals more effective and industries more efficient and spearheading the development of sustainable technologies that integrate water and energy requirements. Dow Water & Process Solutions offers a broad portfolio of ion exchange resins, reverse osmosis membranes, ultra filtration membranes and electrodeionization products, with strong positions in a number of major application areas, including industrial and municipal water, industrial processes, pharmaceuticals, power, residential water and waste and water reuse. More information about Dow Water & Process Solutions can be found at www.dowwaterandprocess.com

About Dow

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

Source: Business Wire
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