PARAMUS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new advanced water treatment plant that deploys innovative and highly-effective water treatment processes is being dedicated today in Bloomsburg, PA, according to officials from SUEZ, a global leader in water and wastewater services and equipment. Among other highly advanced water treatment solutions, SUEZ is utilizing its own pressurized membrane racks in the new $32 million Irondale Water Treatment Plant, making it one of the most sophisticated and modern surface water treatment plants in the United States.
The new plant also features superpulsators, an advanced pre-treatment that enhances sediment removal from untreated water and reduces the overall footprint of the plant, and utilizes ultraviolet light to aid in the disinfection process. The result is highly purified drinking water and exceptional water quality.
“SUEZ utilizes innovative technology and world class expertise to construct water facilities that supply high quality water to customers all over the globe,” said Eric Gernath, Chief Executive Officer for SUEZ North America. “These truly are state-of-the-art processes that are producing water of exceptional quality and ensuring reliable service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
Gernath added that the new plant has been built at an elevation that will help avoid potential floodwaters that had previously interfered with operations at the now decommissioned, original treatment plant.
A Project in Line with Community Needs
The new plant was constructed to ensure an average daily delivery of 4 million gallons of drinking water and enough for fire protection to more than 18,000 people.
“We are delighted to bring this substantial investment to the people of Bloomsburg and Columbia County. The Irondale Water Treatment Plant represents the largest investment made in Pennsylvania by SUEZ or its predecessor companies and reflects our commitment to excellent water quality and service reliability,” said Gernath.
Before construction even began, SUEZ worked closely with local and state governmental officials to ensure a design that would meet the future water service needs of the area for decades to come.
“I am grateful to SUEZ for carefully planning and constructing a multi-million dollar water treatment plant in our community that uses advanced water treatment technology and will reliably deliver water whenever residents go the tap or firefighters might need it,” said Pennsylvania State Representative David Millard.
“I could not be more pleased with the scope of this extensive project that benefits SUEZ customers in Bloomsburg and adjacent communities,” said Columbia County Commission Chairman Chris Young. “Not only will it provide great water for years to come, the plant will enhance economic vitality throughout the portion of Columbia County that is served by SUEZ.”
SUEZ in North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 3,560 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and leading the resource revolution. The company provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to 7.4 million people on a daily basis; treats 570 million gallons of water and 815 million gallons of wastewater each day; offers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites; processes 55,000 tons of waste for recycling; rehabilitates and maintains water assets for more than 4,000 municipal and industrial customers; and manages $4.1 billion in total assets. The company posted revenues of $1.25 billion in 2015 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.
We are at the dawn of the resource revolution. In a world facing high demographic growth, runaway urbanization and the shortage of natural resources, securing, optimizing and renewing resources is essential to our future. SUEZ (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) supplies drinking water to 92 million people, delivers wastewater treatment services to 65 million, collects waste produced by 34 million, recovers 16.3 million tons of waste each year and produces 5,853 GWh of local and renewable energy. With 82,500 employees, SUEZ, which is present on all five continents, is a key player in the sustainable management of resources. SUEZ generated total revenues of $17.1 billion in 2015.