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Gurney Environmental Announce Collaboration With National Water Commission, Jamaica

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Friday, 08 April 2016 20:45


On the 16th March in Kingston, Jamaica, an MOU was signed between Gurney Environmental  and the National Water Commission (NWC) agreeing to collaborate on establishing a demonstration site. The demonstration is designed to show how the Company’s Accel-o-Fac® system could be used to upgrade the existing lagoon-based systems operated by the NWC and maintain sustainable, affordable sanitation to the inhabitants of Jamaica.

Of particular interest to the NWC is the Accel-o-Fac system’s use of wind power as a primary energy source, of which Jamaica has a plentiful supply.  Eliminating the reliance on electricity, which can be intermittent in some parts of the country and can cost as much as 40 cents/kWh, is critical for sustainable wastewater treatment. Quite simply, energy intensive systems are very impractical for reliable sanitation.


The Accel-o-Fac system can be used to upgrade existing lagoon-based systems providing accelerated processing rates, increased DO levels, elimination of short circuiting, accelerated disinfection, complete odour control and accelerated sludge digestion — all of which allows greater loads to be applied to existing lagoons, thereby extending their life whilst improving their performance.

As well as looking at upgrading existing infrastructure, Gurney Environmental are working with local consultants on the island to show how the Company’s Aero-Fac® system can be used for new-build plants in peri urban areas. Aero-Fac can provide activated sludge quality effluent, but without the high CAPEX and continuous ongoing OPEX costs associated with A/S. Aero-Fac also has a fraction of the maintenance requirement, making the system an ideal alternative to A/S where the actual cost of wastewater treatment is an issue.



We've already found that the ponds work a lot better, they are a lot cleaner and functionally look a lot better than what they were previously. It seems to be working at this stage, so we're quietly confident that it's going to be a good investment.

Richard Kirby Regional Sewerage Business Unit Manager Nelson, New Zealand

...there is no doubt about it, the ResMix system works! Having started with a volatile and inconsistent chlorine residuals in our supply, we are now using the WEARS product to mix and dose our tanks. We are not alone in our experiences here. All I can say is that the results speak for themselves.

Doug Moorby Manager of Engineering Operations Norromine Shire, Australia

Adding the Accel-o-Fac® system to South Gippsland Water treatment cells where traditional surface aeration was previously used allowed the corporation to significantly reduce energy use. The savings in kWh are excellent with one application saving 72% in energy compared to the previous year.

Brett Vurlow South Gippsland Water Victoria, Australia

The fact that there is no associated sewage odours [with the Accel-o-Fac wwtp] meant that the system could be located relatively near to the village, and, after 10 years of use, no sludge removal has been needed.

Stephen Twyford Land & Property Department, Holkham Estate, Norfolk, UK

These results show that the [ResMix] mixer is providing a fully mixed water column and preventing conditions for manganese and nutrient release from the sediments.

Stuart Holden Process Engineer, United Utilities Engineering Ridgegate Reservoir

We are very pleased to be using this innovative management system in the reservoir at Pontsticill. This investment will improve the water quality for customers in the area and ensure they continue to receive a top quality supply of drinking water long into the future.

Roy Samuel Capital Delivery Manager, Welsh Water - Dwr Cymru

The Aero-Fac system at Windsor has to date met and exceeded our consent discharge levels, and we have been very happy with the system installed.

Andrew Dunning The Crown Estate Windsor

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