New contract commences at RAAF Base Williamtown
In January 2011, AdTech commenced the treatment of wastewater contaminated by the service testing of fire fighting vehicles on the RAAF Base at Williamtown in New South Wales under a new contract with Serco Sodexo Defence Services (SSDS).
The wastewater is generated by Air Force fire fighting training exercises and service checks on fire fighting vehicles. The main contaminants are residue from AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foams) and fire debris. AdTech has been treating similar wastewater for the Defence Department at RAAF Amberley and the Army Aviation Centre, Oakey in Queensland for some time.
Initial test results on the water treated by AdTech have shown non-detectable levels of surfactants and the resultant treated water is suitable for discharge to the base sewerage treatment system. Future plans involve development of infrastructure that would enable the treated water to be re-used as secondary water on the Base.
The key to this successful treatment is AdTech’s proprietary adsorptive filter media, known as MSX. This filter media is employed in AdTech’s vacuum filtration/adsorption system. MSX is manufactured from a renewable source and not only filters solid residue from waste streams but also adsorbs contaminants from solution.
Previously this wastewater was trucked from Williamtown to Sydney for treatment. On-site treatment has not only reduced costs considerably, but will also mean a significant reduction of the CO2 footprint of the disposal process.
The work at Williamtown will continue on a monthly basis, or as required if more waste is generated.
World Water Day 2011 - 22nd March
This year, World Water Day will be celebrated in Cape Town from March 20th – 22nd. International World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year it highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. This year that focus is Water for Cities: responding to the urban challenge.
This year’s theme aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organisations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing urban water management. For the first time in human history, the majority of the world's population now lives in cities - 3.3 billion people in fact - and the urban landscape continues to grow. The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialisation and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.
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AdTech Environmental signs new deal with SSDS
AdTech Environmental Pty Ltd (AdTech) has signed a minimum three-year contract with Serco Sodexo Defence Services Limited (SSDS) to provide on-site wastewater treatment services at RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW.
SSDS is a dedicated prime contractor to the Australian Defence Organisation. It is a joint venture company formed in 1993 between two global service support companies: Serco Group - an international service company that offers the management of people, processes, technology and assets - and Sodexo, a world-class integrated facilities management and multi-service organisation.
Initially the new contract will involve the treatment of AFFF contaminated wastewater from Williamtown’s fire fighting operations and training. Previously this waste was transported to Sydney for disposal. SSDS view on-site treatment as a far more environmentally responsible option. It not only reduces their carbon footprint by eliminating transport, it also allows them to maintain a more ‘hands on’ control of the service. On-site treatment is also a far more cost effective solution for Defence. AdTech has treated millions of litres of similar wastewater for the Defence Department over many years at RAAF Base Amberley and the Army Aviation Training Centre, Oakey, both in South East Queensland. The quality of this treated water is outstanding, the most recent sample returning a COD reading of only 50 mg/L. The majority of the treated water is re-used in Base Operations. AdTech looks forward to a long and rewarding partnership with SSDS at RAAF Williamtown and the many other Defence sites using their Garrison Support Services.
Excess treated water supplements irrigation at AACO
AdTech has been treating paint shop waste at the Defence owned (AdTech operated) wastewater treatment plant at Army Aviation Centre, Oakey (AACO), Queensland for almost two decades. In April 2010, we treated additional AFFF contaminated wastewater from hangar tests plus effluent from the paint shop at RAAF Amberley operated by Boeing, all at AACO.
As a result an excessive amount of treated water was available for re-use in the AACO paint shop. Not wanting to see this resource wasted, Defence commissioned contractors to install plumbing and pipes to link the treated water tank with AACO’s airfield irrigation system. This system is normally supplied by bore water… but now safe, clean treated water supplied by AdTech supplements this supply.
AdTech trials AFFF treatment solutions for Airservices Australia
Having successfully treated AFFF wastewater (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) from Airfield Rescue Fire Fighting operations at a capital city airport at laboratory level, AdTech was asked by Airservices Australia (a Federal Government Corporation) to trial a full-scale on-site treatment of this waste.
Airservices Australia provides airport services such as Fire and Rescue and Air Traffic Control at most major airports in Australia. The trials have been successfully conducted and results will be available soon.