Microvi Showcases Cost-Saving Technology for Denitrification of Municipal Wastewater at Sydney Water

Oct. 13, 2015 – Microvi’s innovative wastewater treatment technologies have been proven to be highly efficient, stable and robust, a demonstration project in Australia shows.

The project, which is being conducted in partnership with MWH Global and Sydney Water Corporation, shows that Microvi’s biocatalytic Denitrovi™ technology is highly effective at removing nitrate and it dramatically reduces hydraulic retention time to 20 minutes.

This innovative technology is built on Microvi’s MicroNiche Engineering™ (MNE) platform and produces virtually no sludge. It has shown to be adaptable to existing treatment plants.

“We are excited that our transformative wastewater solutions continue to be shown to be effective and versatile,” said Microvi CEO Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi. “We look forward to working with such forward thinking companies as MWH and Sydney Water as we continue to be a pioneer of cutting-edge solutions for solving our world’s most pressing challenges.”

MWH is operating the demonstration site, which has been running for six months at the Winmalee Wastewater Treatment Plant removing nitrate from wastewater.

“This project clearly demonstrates that the Denitrovi technology is highly effective,” said John Darmody, Global Director of Corporate Development at MWH. “MWH is pleased to be collaborating with Microvi on this project to help address some of the world’s biggest water treatment problems.”

The demonstration has shown the Microvi technology reduces nitrate from a level of 5 to 10 mg/L to less than 1 mg/L, the anticipated discharge limit. The Winmalee plant serves the Blue Mountains area of New South Wales.

This project follows another 8-month demonstration of Microvi’s Aerovi™ technology for municipal wastewater treatment in the United Kingdom, where the technology was shown to treat three times the flow of a conventional activated sludge system, with less than a tenth of the waste sludge production.

About Microvi
Microvi is a green technology company based in the San Francisco Bay Area that delivers next-generation biotechnologies for the water, wastewater and renewable chemical industries. Microvi offers commercial technologies around the world to reduce waste, increase productivity and provide disruptive economics across the value chain. Learn more at www.microvi.com.

About MWH
MWH Global is dedicated to Building a Better World. As specialists in water, natural resources and transportation, MWH employees use innovative ideas and technology to help solve complex infrastructure and environmental challenges. This work is built on a nearly 200-year history during which MWH has delivered services from initial planning and design through construction, start-up and operations. Today, MWH employs approximately 7,000 experts including engineers, consultants and construction professionals in 35 countries on six continents. Each of these experts is committed to serving global communities through sustainable development and project delivery. MWH is a private, employee-owned company headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado. For more information, visit mwhglobal.com or connect via TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About Sydney Water Corporation
Sydney Water is Australia’s largest water utility. Their area of operations covers 12,700 sq. km (4,903 sq. mi.) and includes Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains regions. They are a statutory state-owned corporation, wholly owned by the New South Wales Government.



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