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inge watertechnologies AG donates ultrafiltration modules to treat drinking water

Posted: Tuesday 9th November 2010

Catastrophic flooding in Pakistan has pushed the population's need for clean drinking water even higher up the agenda. The German ultrafiltration specialists inge watertechnologies AG were already an established supplier of ultrafiltration modules in the Pakistan market when the flooding hit, and the company has now been using its existing contacts to ensure that the modules it is donating to five water treatment plants arrive safely.

Clean Drinking Water for All (CDWA) is a project that was launched by the Pakistan government with funding from various development aid organizations before the floods struck. Its goal is to improve the country's drinking water situation by installing modern drinking water plants in all 35 provinces. Work has already begun on some of the 6,000 plants that are planned, and the government hopes to eventually install a total of between 20,000 and 30,000 plants spread across all the provinces. In Pakistan's largest province, Punjab, 1,600 plants are scheduled for construction, each of which will employ modern methods of ultrafiltration, a membrane process used to treat drinking water, process water, wastewater and sea water. This technique uses extremely small-pore filters to remove suspended solids, viruses, and bacteria from water using purely physical means – without requiring the addition of chemicals.

The German global market leader KSB, which has been successfully doing business in Pakistan through a subsidiary for decades, is one of the partners involved in the CDWA initiative. It placed its initial order for 800 ultrafiltration modules to equip its new treatment plants with the German company inge watertechnologies AG. Based in Greifenberg near Munich, inge watertechnologies AG is regarded as a global technology leader in the field of ultrafiltration. Hundreds of plants around the globe are equipped with its patented, German-made technology.

The modules the company produces operate at a capacity of either 2,000 or 4,000 liters of water per hour, enabling a treatment plant to convert a total of approximately 50,000 m³ of water into clean drinking water each day. KSB is now donating the construction of a further five plants, which inge watertechnologies AG will be equipping – at no charge – with ultrafiltration modules. This will enable a further 20,000 liters of water to be converted into clean drinking water each day.

Bruno Steis, CEO of inge watertechnologies AG, comments: “With the country going through such a tremendously difficult time, we hope that our technology can make a small contribution towards helping people in Pakistan get access to clean drinking water.”

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