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2016 - AdTech helps grow healthier Murray Cod

April 2016

AdTech recently installed a new plant consisting of pre filtration and a Gigasorber unit that has reduced levels of Geosmin and 2-Methylisoborneol (MIB) by 66% in the purge tanks of Murray Cod producer, Marianvale Blue at Towrang, NSW.

Further enhancements to this plant currently underway will improve this reduction to over 90% - well under the odour threshold that can adversely affect the taste (and subsequent value) of this much sought after freshwater export.

AdTech has previously assisted intensive Aquaculture operations in South Australia where a plant consisting of a number of Megasorbers were installed in parallel at Fairsea International to polish post-biologically treated water. The plant helped to maintain extremely clean holding tanks and achieve a 100% live arrival of lobsters into the Hong Kong market.

At the heart of both of these plants is AdTech's unique MSX Filtration Media. It has both high permeability and high surface area, allowing superior adsorption of soluble contaminants.

When combined with tradition biological or physical treatment processes, AdTech's treatment plants give intensive Aquaculture producers a distinct competitive advantage.

For more information contact Greg Keogh.

World Water Day 2016 - 22nd March

March 2016

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. This year’s theme is 'water and jobs' - better water, better jobs.

Today, almost half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water-related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognised nor protected by basic labour rights.

On World Water Day 2016, the UN focused attention on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers' lives and livelihoods - and even transform whole societies and economies.

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AdTech and Ecofix

July 2013

After a series of successful field trials at RAAF Williamtown, AdTech will now incorporate “S-max” adsorbent into it’s ongoing AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) treatment processes at both RAAF Williamtown and RAAF Amberley. S-max is a specifically modified clay based adsorbent that will be used as a final polishing stage in the already successful AdTech treatment systems.

When asked about the additional treatment stage, AdTech's Operation Manager, Mark Weston said "I believe that this new product will help us to increase our flow rates (and efficiencies) and still ensure we deliver high quality treated water. We are always looking at ways to provide our clients with the best solutions, both economically and environmentally".

Laboratory testing during the field trials consistently showed non detectable levels of AFFF contaminants PFOS and PFOA in treated water i.e. less than 0.02 ppb (parts per billion).

AFFF is used in airport fire fighting operations. Most of the waste is produced during fire training and service checks on equipment. Smax is manufactured in Australia by Ecofix Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the Hudson mining group.

World Water Day

March 2013

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water and is coordinated by UNESCO in collaboration with UNECE and UNDESA on behalf of UN-Water.

ESI Aircraft Wash Recycling System operating at LAX Airport

January 2013

AdTech’s associated company Enviremedial Services Inc have installed and commissioned a jet wash water recycling system at Los Angeles International Airport.

The system, housed in a 40’ shipping container, incorporates AdTech’s unique MSX Filtration/Adsorption media in a high rate filtration system that cleans and recycles waste water from jet washing operations that contains grit, hydrocarbons, anti-freeze and surfactants.

The clean water from the ESI system is then re-used in jet washing operations at the airport. Pressure wash spray equipment is also housed in the shipping container.

This is one of many systems that ESI operate across the US on over 30 Military bases and airfields.

Plants are maintained under a Service Contract agreement and many have remote monitoring systems that report key information back to base and at a local level.

For more information contact AdTech by email on 02 94741055.

New contract commences at RAAF Base Williamtown

March 2011

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

March 2011

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

October 2010

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

April 2010

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

November 2009

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.