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Evoqua’s Vortisand® System Selected for Ivy-League Chilled Water Loop Project

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:00 am EDT

MONTREAL & PITTSBURGH--Evoqua today announced its Vortisand® water filtration system has been accepted to the Ivy League… to help a leading institute of higher education with its demanding water needs.

For many years, the Ivy League school has been dedicated to providing higher education and research programs to help develop tomorrow’s leaders. They called on Evoqua’s Vortisand brand to help resolve their chilled water loop & HVAC challenge; incoming water quality was adversely affecting the chiller system and water loop by increasing the potential for fouling, resulting in higher costs and reduced cooling efficiencies.

Water from cooling towers attract and absorb airborne contaminants on a continuous basis. Typically, more than 85% of suspended solids in condenser cooling tower water are smaller than 5 microns. Studies have shown that these fine particles are the adherent contaminants that foul the entire water loop system (including downstream equipment). Removal of fine particles ensures the cooling system operates as designed and at peak efficiency, reducing energy consumption and maintenance costs. It is important to note that these wet environments aid in promoting various forms of bacteria growth, such as Legionella. Both filtration and disinfection methods can help in reducing bacteria growth.

Institutional facilities rely heavily on the quality of their cooling water; creating a comfortable and productive learning environment. A particle analysis test provided a better understanding of the water being in contact with the HVAC system and chiller equipment. The analysis confirmed high levels of fine particles within the customer’s cooling tower water, increasing the threat of inefficient cooling. Maintaining the chiller water system at designed temperatures is critical for the institution, as the cooling system is providing HVAC to the main laboratories, protecting various sensitive research projects. It was clear that a high efficiency filtration system was required to provide submicron filtration performance. Evoqua delivered a fully skidded Vortisand® 700 gpm sidestream filtration system, turning the 1 million US gallon volume once per day. For this educational institute, a clean HVAC and chiller water loop system will help increase the longevity and efficiencies of the equipment, while protecting crucial research projects.

“We’re extremely proud to be involved with this project, helping create a better learning environment for tomorrow’s thought leaders,” said Ken Rodi, President of Evoqua’s Aquatics & Disinfection division. “Our cost effective and reliable treatment systems and services ensure uninterrupted quality of water, enable regulatory and environmental compliance, and prepare customers for next-generation demands.”

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About Vortisand:

Vortisand, an Evoqua brand, is synonymous with water filtration, serving the industrial water markets since 1986. The award-winning Vortisand High Efficiency Microsand Filtration System is a high capacity media filter that combines cross-flow dynamics with microsand media to achieve submicron filtration performance. This technology allows the unit to operate at filtration rates of up to 5 times greater than those of traditional media filters, while filtering 10-50 times finer. With over 2,500 installations worldwide, Vortisand® systems are a leader in high efficiency filtration systems.

About Evoqua Water Technologies

Evoqua Water Technologies is a leading provider of mission critical water and wastewater treatment solutions, offering a broad portfolio of products, services and expertise to support industrial, municipal and recreational customers who value water. Evoqua has worked to protect water, the environment and its employees for more than 100 years, earning a reputation for quality, safety and reliability around the world. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company operates in more than 150 locations across nine countries. Serving more than 38,000 customers and 200,000 installations worldwide, our employees are united by a common purpose: Transforming Water. Enriching Life®.


DESOTEC, founded in 1990, is the leading European provider of mobile filtration solutions through a unique and circular service concept, which helps protect the planet by enabling clean water, air, and soil. DESOTEC's customer base is constantly growing thanks to a strong focus on 24/7 service and a commitment to design and deliver the best solution in close dialogue with the customer. Through in-depth expertise of industrial applications and continuous investment in mobile filters, reactivation capacity and well-positioned hubs, DESOTEC ensures that the industry can meet the increasing regulations for a better and cleaner environment. Private equity funds managed by Blackstone acquired DESOTEC in 2021. Further information is available at www.desotec.com.

About Blackstone

Blackstone is the world’s largest alternative asset manager. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our $951 billion in assets under management include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, infrastructure, life sciences, growth equity, opportunistic, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com.