GE Assists Waitaki District Council to Upgrade Water Treatment Plant

By CIOReview | Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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Irshaad Hakim, Regional Executive, GE Water & Process Technologies

Irshaad Hakim, Regional Executive, GE Water & Process Technologies

FREMONT, CA: To meet the growing needs of businesses and everyday life, it’s absolutely essential that a sustainable supply of clean, quality drinking water is maintained. Treading the same lines, Waitaki District Council, in partnership with GE announced the upgrade of the Oamaru Water Treatment plant. The upgrade will comprise of increase in plant capacity by 25 percent and the use of a state-of-the-art water filtration technology from GE. The upgrade precedes a much larger objective - to make high quality drinking water available for the growing local population.

GE leverages agile and non-blocking methodologies, and focuses on projects to deliver benefits swiftly. They utilize sophisticated Software as a Service (SaaS) models to deliver the same.

The GE ZeeWeed technology helps in enhancing the lifecycle of membranes by 30 percent, which would result in an estimated saving of $300,000 in purchase costs. The technology, introduced at a wastewater treatment plant in Rotorua has been employed in several plants to supply drinking water to Auckland and Nelson. Membrane filtration is the principle process involved, where water is drawn through millions of very small holes in order to collect and remove impurities. The technique effectively performs filtrations using perforations which are 400 times smaller than the width of a human hair. 

Currently, the 14,000 residents of Oamaru, Weston, Enfield, and Kakanui are supplied water by this plant, with future plans of connecting above 1,000 new residents. The growing demand for water and the need for flexibility to enhance capacity will be met as the plant leverages a ZeeWeed membrane technology from GE.

Irshaad Hakim, Regional Executive, GE Water & Process Technologies says, “We congratulate the Council and Mayor Kircher on the reopening of this advanced facility for Waitaki. We are proud to have our ZeeWeed technology support its upgrade - one that will help the Council save $400,000, consume less energy and produce 25 percent more high quality drinking water for residents in the area. ”

In addition, GE’s Industrial Internet-driven InSight Pro Process Consulting Service has also been integrated with the plant to collect data on water processes and quality from the new membrane system and furnish graphical reports and insights out of it. A GE process specialist shall work with Oamaru to not only monitor the data but also assist operators with interpreting results.