Rayne of Phoenix Awarded AZ Water 2011 Water Reuse Project of the Year

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The AZ Water Association is recognizing Rayne of Phoenix for its outstanding work on its Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) Facility for Centralized Water Softening Regeneration this year. For its efforts, Rayne of Phoenix’s ZLD Facility will be awarded the AZ Water 2011 Water Reuse Project of the Year. This award will be presented on May 4th during the 84th AZ Water Association Annual Conference.

The far-reaching effect of this innovative process is astounding. We estimate that the Rayne of Phoenix facility saves 2.6 million gallons of water and 281 tons of salt from reaching the sewer each year.

The AZ Water Association is recognizing Rayne of Phoenix for its outstanding work on its Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) Facility for Centralized Water Softening Regeneration this year. For its efforts, Rayne of Phoenix’s ZLD Facility will be awarded the AZ Water 2011 Water Reuse Project of the Year. This award will be presented on May 4th during the 84th AZ Water Association Annual Conference.

Each year, the Project of the Year Award is presented to recognize outstanding engineering excellence and achievement in the water, wastewater, and water reuse categories. Projects are judged based upon several criteria including innovative application of a new or existing technique, social and economic considerations, and ability to meet owner needs.

“Three years ago Rayne contracted with Eric Dole of Hydro Engineering Solutions L.L.C. and Dr. Wendell Ela of the University of Arizona to help us develop a system whereby NO salt and very little water would go to the sewer,” explains H. Martin Jessen, Vice President of Rayne Corporation. Mr. Jessen continues, “Rayne was determined to take water softening to an unprecedented, environmentally-responsible level.”

Many homes use self regenerating water softening systems which regenerate by flushing salt water through tanks filled with resin and as a result, brine consisting of water, salt and hardness minerals is discharged into the sewer. This self regenerating process, when taking place in tens of thousands of homes using traditional water softeners in the Phoenix area, creates 450,000 tons of salt pollution and wastes nearly 2.7 billion gallons of water each year. This waste costs the municipalities millions of dollars in water treatment. Mr. Jessen states, “To Rayne, the issue of water conservation is vital. We identified the need to develop cutting edge regeneration processes and succeeded where no other company even bothered to try. We are proud to be recognized by the AZ Water Association and thank the Association for this celebrated award.”

Eric Dole, Principal at Hydro Engineering Solutions, L.L.C. explains, “The far-reaching effect of this innovative process is astounding. We estimate that the Rayne of Phoenix facility saves 2.6 million gallons per year of water and 281 tons of salt from reaching the sewer. I am very proud to be part of this project and I am excited about what this means for the future of water treatment.”

Rayne of Phoenix is proud to be partnered with AZ Water Association in the quest to preserve the quality and availability of our water. Rayne of Phoenix extends their gratitude of all of its partners for all of their hard work for the past three years; Eric Dole of Hydro Engineering Solutions, Dr. Wendell Ela of the University of Arizona, Kevin Alexander of Separation Processes Inc., and David Morgan of Calsaway.

To learn more about the Zero Liquid Discharge process, see the animation at the Rayne website at http://www.raynewater.com/exchange_tank_services.php.

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