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Siemens Water Technologies deploys industry's largest mobile water filtration system

ERLANGEN, Germany, Feb. 7, 2006 -- The Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) announced today that it has completed, commissioned and deployed the largest mobile water filtration system in the industry. The Horizontal Filtration Trailer, or HFT, is a unique, high-capacity trailer-mounted system designed to provide temporary water treatment in a variety of industrial and municipal applications.

With a total surface area of 242 square feet, the HFT has the highest capacity flow rate of any single trailer on the market today. It provides high-quality effluent at flow rates of up to 1,600 gallons per minute (GPM) for general filtration. For pre-treating reverse osmosis feedwater, the HFT can produce flows up to 1,200 GPM. The system can be loaded with filter media, carbon, or specialized resin, depending on the application and the customer's specific requirements.

"These units complement our existing fleet of mobile clarification systems," says Bill Mertes, mobile and on-site services general manager, "allowing us the unique ability to clarify and filter 1.0 to 1.5 million gallons per day of surface water for industries or municipalities."

The first installation of an HFT was for potable drinking water, providing emergency water flow for an Arizona town of 19,000 where the wells had failed and nearby municipalities could not meet the demand.

"We also see great promise for HFT in applications where high-flow reverse osmosis systems require pretreatment to prevent membrane fouling, reduced membrane life and inconsistent flow or water quality," says Mertes. "In fact, we see these opportunities routinely in the power, refining, chemical production, pulp and paper and primary metals industries."

Siemens Water Technologies provides mobile systems and reliable service for: temporary, emergency or long-term water treatment; pilot plant operations on various water streams; treatment for seasonal peaks or scheduled maintenance; pre-treatment and deionization without on-site regeneration; and on-site services including operations. Mobile clarification, filtration, pretreatment, reverse osmosis and demineralization are all part of Siemens Water Technologies' overall mobile and on-site service capabilities.

The division "Water Technologies" is part of Siemens' Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S), which provides innovative solutions and services designed to improve competitiveness in processing and manufacturing industries and in infrastructure. In fiscal 2005 (to Sept. 30), I&S employed a total of 31,700 people worldwide and achieved total sales of EUR 5.390 billion [US$6.453 billion]. For more information, see www.usfilter.com and www.siemens.com/water.

Also see: "New R&D director joins Siemens Water Technologies"