GE's ZeeWeed Ultrafiltration Membranes Selected for World's Largest Retrofit and Expansion of Municipal Drinking Water Plant



    Advanced 100.4 Million-Gallons-Per-Day System to Help Region Meet Growing
Water Demand and Increasingly Stringent Regulations

    TREVOSE, PA., December 4 /CNW/ - GE's ecomagination-certified ZeeWeed
advanced membrane technology has been selected for a 100.4 million gallons per
day (MGD) (380 ML/d) retrofit and expansion of the Lorne Park Water Treatment
Plant (WTP) in the rapidly growing Region of Peel, Ontario, Canada. Once
completed, the Lorne Park WTP, which is built largely beneath a community park
on the shore of Lake Ontario, will be the world's largest municipal water
treatment plant to use ZeeWeed ultrafiltration membranes and will provide
water of sufficient quantity and quality to meet the Region's needs until
2031.

    The membranes, manufactured by GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of
General Electric Company (NYSE:  GE) will replace the original granular media
filters installed when the plant was constructed in 1975. The expansion will
increase the facility's water treatment capacity by 45% with minimal impact on
the waterfront recreational area located above the underground facility.
Existing settling tanks will be retrofitted to accommodate the membrane
cassettes and a 16,000 ft2 (1,500m2) extension to an existing building will
house the permeate pumps and other ancillary equipment.

    "Water plant upgrades and expansions are posing major challenges for
municipalities that are coping with population growth and aging
infrastructure," said Jeff Garwood, president and CEO, GE Water & Process
Technologies. "As regions around the globe face similar pressures, our
advanced water treatment technologies will continue to bring communities
common sense solutions that balance smart growth, reuse existing
infrastructure through retrofits, and meet the increasing demand for safe,
reliable water supplies."

    The introduction of the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act and the
development of the Region of Peel's Water & Wastewater Servicing Master Plan
were key factors influencing the Region's decision to expand and upgrade its
water treatment capabilities. The region's evaluation of water quality and
regulatory trends revealed that water quality issues in the Great Lakes may
increase and regulations will become increasingly stringent in the future. In
addition, demand for clean drinking water will increase, as the Region's rapid
population growth is expected to continue.

    "The advanced water treatment processes incorporated into our Lorne Park
and Lakeview facilities put the Region of Peel at the forefront of municipal
water treatment services," said Mark Schiller, Director, Water Division,
Region of Peel. "The upgrades and capacity expansions will enable the Region
to provide cost-effective delivery of high quality water that protects the
public health and will meet all regulations well into the foreseeable future."

    The Lorne Park WTP expansion is GE's second large-scale municipal project
with the Region of Peel. Earlier this year, the Lakeview WTP began operations,
a facility that also uses GE's ZeeWeed hollow-fiber ultrafiltration membranes
to treat up to 96 million gallons per day (363 ML/d) and is currently the
world's largest municipal WTP using this technology. Once completed, the Lorne
Park WTP expansion project and Lakeview WTP facility will together provide
water to more than a million residential and commercial users in the Region of
Peel.

    GE's innovative ZeeWeed membrane technology uses immersed hollow-fiber
membranes to separate particles from water using microscopic pores. This
technology produces high quality drinking water by removing virtually all
harmful pathogens and suspended solids. ZeeWeed technology is certified under
ecomagination, GE's corporate-wide initiative to solve tough environmental
challenges such as abundant sources of clean water, cleaner, more efficient
sources of energy, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

    About GE Water & Process Technologies

    A world leader in water, water reuse, wastewater treatment and process
solutions, GE Water & Process Technologies brings the best technologies to
enhance our customers' efficiency while protecting our environment . GE offers
the broadest portfolio of water and process technologies, including:
separation equipment; membrane & filtration technology; diagnostic tools;
specialty chemicals; mobile water capabilities; service; and financing. GE is
your single source no matter what your water or process need. GE is committed
to develop and bring to market technologies that promote energy efficiency,
lower harmful emissions, increase supplies of water, and reduce our use of
fossil fuel--it's called ecomagination. For more information visit
www.ge.com/water.




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