Ga. Tech buys ultrapure wastewater system

Atlanta — The Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Siemens Water Technologies to provide multi-million dollar wastewater and ultrapure water treatment systems for a new, $80 million nanotechnology research center, located here.

Atlanta — The Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Siemens Water Technologies to provide multi-million dollar wastewater and ultrapure water treatment systems for a new, $80 million nanotechnology research center, located here.

The wastewater treatment system will treat acid or alkaline waste streams, and the ultrapure water treatment system is designed to meet tight water quality specifications required by the center's research programs. Construction on the new center is slated to be complete in October 2008.

Mechanical contractor on both the wastewater and ultrapure water systems is Mann Mechanical, Avondale Estates, Ga. Georgia Tech and MW Zander/Whiting-Turner are the project engineers.

The new nanotechnology center will be the most advanced nanotechnology facility in the Southeast. It also will be the first of its kind in the region, and will be one of the most sophisticated in the country.

The facility is located on the Georgia Tech campus. The 160,000-sq.ft. facility will feature 30,000-sq.ft. of clean rooms critical to research and instruction in microelectronics, semi-conductors, materials, medicine and pharmaceuticals.

The new wastewater treatment system consists of multimedia filtration, activated carbon treatment, softening and chemical feed to treat acid or alkaline waste streams, depending upon projects running through the center.

The ultrapure water treatment system will include reverse osmosis membrane filtration and deionization, UV sanitation, chemical feed, and instruments and pumps.

The skid-mounted design of the ultrapure water system will reduce installation time, allowing the center to meet tight water quality specifications and handle the most challenging projects.