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World’s Largest Backwash Water Reuse Installation Opts for Berson UV Disinfection Technology

Posted: Wednesday 11th August 2010

Berson’s UV systems are being used to disinfect reused backwash water from sand filtration units at the Spannenburg groundwater drinking water facility in the Netherlands. Up to 5% of the produced drinking water at the Spannenburg plant (1.25 million m3/year) is used to backwash the sand filters and, until recently, this water was simply discarded. Following the installation of two Berson InLine+ UV systems this water can now be reused as drinking water, producing considerable cost savings.

Berson supplied two InLine 250+ medium pressure UV systems, each disinfecting up to 100m3/hour of backwash water. They are positioned after the ultra filtration units and before the sand filtration. The UV systems produce a 2 log reduction of CFUs* with a water transmittance (T10**) value of 63.1%.

Operated by Vitens, the Netherlands’ largest water utility, the facility 35 kilometres south of Leeuwarden in the north of Holland is the largest groundwater drinking water facility in the Netherlands and is also believed to be the largest backwash installation in the world. The contractor for the backwash project was Logisticon Water Treatment b.v.

“A year since it was commissioned the Berson UV systems are working very well and are completely reliable,” comments Peter Sjoerdsma, one of Vitens’ process engineers. “The reused backwash water is completely biologically reliable and we are totally confident to use it as drinking water. We opted for UV as it is a clean technology that does not require the use of chemicals. Berson’s UV technology is already widely used by Vitens so we have good experience of their systems.”

The Spannenburg drinking water plant supplies over 300,000 people spread over a large, mainly rural area of northern Holland. Because the installation has been so successful Berson has now also been awarded the contract for an identical application in Zwolle, also operated by Vitens.

An important feature of the Berson UV technology installed at Spannenburg is its UV-Tronic+ V5 PLC controller, the latest version of Berson’s UV-Tronic controller range. Based on a rugged industrial PLC and with an RS485-based ModBus interface, the UV-Tronic+ V5 links to the site’s SCADA control system and allows users to set up and manage the UV system’s operating parameters to exactly match their requirements.

Berson UV is one of the few non-German UV system suppliers capable of providing a complete range of UV systems with capacities between 10 – 10,000 m3/hour, certified to the newest German DVGW*** norm, W294, Part 1, 2 & 3 – the highest standard currently possible in the world.

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