Evoqua Water Sustainability Award
Recognizing excellence in water stewardship
The Evoqua Water Sustainability Award recognizes customers for their excellence in water stewardship. The award highlights customers for their use of new or existing technologies in innovative, sustainable ways as well as customers that have made significant strides in water and energy efficiency.
Each year, the award is presented in recognition of World Water Day, March 22. Evoqua employees nominate customers from our 38,000-customer base for exhibiting excellent water stewardship and demonstrating sustainable strategies around community impact, water and energy efficiency, and environmental protection.
2023 Evoqua Water Sustainability Award Winner, North America
Silfex, Inc. | Springfield, Ohio, USA
Silfex, a leading provider of precision components used to make and operate semiconductor manufacturing equipment, was recognized as Evoqua's North American award winner after demonstrating noteworthy improvements in water sustainability at its Springfield, Ohio, facility. Silfex is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lam Research Corporation.
Silfex’s updated system will allow its Springfield, OH, facility to reuse as much as 80% of its total discharged water.
Silfex worked with Evoqua to design a brine recovery reverse osmosis membrane and ultrapure water system to capture overflow from Silfex's precision cleaning processes and recycle that water throughout the company's operations. The new system will allow the facility to reuse as much as 80% of its total discharged water, amounting to millions of gallons saved annually and drastically reducing the plant's water consumption. The system will also reduce the need for pre-treated municipal source water, resulting in significant savings in water-softening salt and other chemicals.
"We are excited to accept this award and proud of our company's efforts to incorporate sustainability into our operations," said Rob Skrobak, General Manager of Silfex. "Innovation and continuous improvement are part of our core values at Silfex, and this project is a great example of those values in action."
2023 Evoqua Water Sustainability Award Winner, International
Zhen Ding Tech. Group | China
Zhen Ding Tech. Group was recognized as Evoqua’s international award winner after demonstrating innovation in wastewater and waste reduction in the manufacturing of printed circuit boards at its facilities in China.
Zhen Ding Tech. Group was facing increasing customer expectations for product performance. Interested in responsible operations, Zhen Ding Tech. Group upgraded from soluble to insoluble anodes for use in its electroplating process, which helps ensure uniform current distribution and effective material use. This novel application of Evoqua's Magneto® anodes improves processing efficiency at the facility, reducing wastewater by millions of gallons and significantly offsetting metallic waste annually. Highlights from the innovative application also include a significant reduction in chemical usage and savings in labor and maintenance. The use of insoluble anodes in the Zhen Ding Tech. Group's facilities are an industry-leading example of how a water-intensive industry can implement sustainable technologies while minimizing its environmental footprint.
Haffhus Hotel & Spa | Ueckermünde, Germany
The Haffhus Hotel & Spa is an eco-conscious hotel, resort, and wellness spa located on the Szczecin Lagoon in Ueckermünde, Germany. Haffhus strives to be 100% energy-self-sufficient and climate neutral in its operations. Recently, the hotel expanded its pool and spa, installing Evoqua’s Defender® Regenerative Media Filter to ensure their establishment continued to meet its sustainability goals. The Defender allows Haffhus up to 90% in water savings and dramatically reduces backwash waste, significantly reducing the spa’s energy consumption.