New Technology Company Comes to Nevada to Focus on Water Quality

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Australia-based STAR Water Solutions to partner with DRI to bring innovative bio-filtration technologies to NevadaLAS VEGAS — With support from WaterStart, Australia-based water technology company STAR Water Solutions announced plans to pilot a new project with researchers from the Desert Research Institute (DRI).

The project will utilize the company’s state of the art water treatment and reuse technologies that deliver proven, cost effective and efficient water filtration for urban stormwater, industrial mining and agricultural runoff and industrial waste water systems.

The partnership is the result of a connection made by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development during a trade mission to the Queensland Government in 2016. With assistance from DRI scientists, STAR Water Solutions staff will work to characterize locally available materials in Nevada, identify filtration material performance efficacy and establish manufacturing distribution channels within the state for the development of recycled and sustainably procured bio-filters.

“We are really looking forward to showcasing our unique technologies in Nevada and furthering water innovation for the state,” said Chris Rochfort, CEO of STAR Water Solutions. “This is an opportunity for STAR Water to target large scale projects, with the help of DRI, that will focus on improving water quality in the state.”

The collaboration hopes to create new analytical practices, manufacturing opportunities, new beneficial uses for recycled materials, and advance water filtration system performance outcomes with significant environmental, social and economic results.

“Developing and testing innovative water quality management practices is a priority for researchers at DRI and the state of Nevada, and we welcome this opportunity to develop a new partnership with STAR Water Solutions,” said Alan Heyvaert, Ph.D, a limnologist and leading water quality expert at DRI. “Their advanced water filtration technology and global experience linked with our research capabilities demonstrates how science-driven technological innovation is growing new industries in Nevada.”

With operations across Australia, Singapore, Canada and the U.S., STAR Water Solutions has built a global network in which it provides systems and solutions that address major infrastructure challenges related to water and the environment.

“We are thrilled to welcome STAR Water to Nevada as part of this strategic partnership with DRI,” said Nate Allen, Executive Director of WaterStart. “Their innovative technology will contribute to local business growth and addressing water quality challenges in both Nevada and the U.S.”

About STAR Water Solutions
International leaders in advanced bio-filtration and bio retention systems resulting from extensive, long term research & development, STAR Water Solutions provide “state of the art” treatment and reuse technologies that deliver proven, cost effective and efficient performance for urban stormwater, industrial, mining and agricultural runoff and industrial waste water systems. STAR Water holds an exclusive worldwide license for Reactive Filter Media™ technology.

For more information, visit starwater.com.au.

About Desert Research Institute
Desert Research Institute (DRI), the nonprofit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, is a world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world. For more information about DRI please visit www.dri.edu.

About WaterStart
WaterStart operates in a region of proven first adopters, sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development. WaterStart provides channels for innovation for various stakeholders and water resource managers; including: technology companies, management agencies and policy makers and provides services ranging from commercialization funding to business development. As it continues to bring together strategic resources and expertise, its core mission will create quality job growth and help diversify the economy of the region.

TMWA and WaterStart Announce Collaboration to Evaluate New Technology

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Reno, Nevada – April 6, 2017 – One of Nevada’s statewide resources for water utilities, WaterStart, recently reached an agreement with Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) who has begun a pilot program to evaluate the performance of the biottta® system for identifying contaminants that can be found in wells such as nitrate and arsenic.

The announcement comes following the completion of WaterStart’s request for proposal process and several meetings between WaterStart, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), and TMWA.

“We are looking forward to working with Truckee Meadows Water Authority to identify large-scale solutions to challenges in water treatment throughout Nevada,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. “If successful, this could lead to the design and construction of many treatment facilities across the state, which means more job opportunities and, more importantly, can improve the ability of Nevada’s water utilities to provide a ready supply of high-quality water.”

“Obviously as a desert-based water utility we are always looking for ways to both increase and improve the sources of water available to our customers,” said TMWA Director of Operations and Water Quality Andy Gebhardt. “Working with WaterStart and the Carollo/AdEdge team will give us a chance to test a cutting-edge methodology for the removal of nitrates should we encounter them. The beauty of the biottta® system—and the reason we are so interested in it—is that it literally destroys the nitrates through a biological process that produces only a fraction of the waste byproducts you would get from a conventional process such as reverse osmosis. Our hope is that it will provide a cleaner, less-expensive treatment solution in the instances that we need it. In the end, that will be better for our customers.”

“The plan to grow operations in Nevada is advantageous for AdEdge, as a significant percentage of our installations are located within an eight-hour drive to the state,” said AdEdge Water Technologies CEO Rich Cavagnaro. “As we grow our west coast operations, we are excited to build new relationships with local partners in Nevada and use the state as a platform for introducing new innovative water treatment technologies in the United States.”

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., AdEdge specializes in the design, development, fabrication and supply of packaged treatment solutions, specialty medias and innovative technologies that aim to remove contaminants from process or aqueous streams.

“We are excited to help TMWA enhance groundwater supplies in their Spanish Springs service area as well as advance WaterStart’s mission to increase economic development by advancing cutting-edge water technologies in Nevada,” said Carollo Engineers’ Nevada Operations Manager Keli Callahan.

The innovative technology of the biottta® system utilizes a low-energy system that eliminates contaminants rather than concentrating it, achieving water recovery rates greater than 96 percent. The system can also remove multiple contaminants in a single reactor without having multiple add-on units.

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About WaterStart

WaterStart operates in a region of proven first adopters, sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development. WaterStart provides channels for innovation for various stakeholders and water resource managers; including: technology companies, management agencies and policy makers and provides services ranging from commercialization funding to business development. As it continues to bring together strategic resources and expertise, its core mission will create quality job growth and help diversify the economy of the region. For more information, visit www.waterstart.com.

About Truckee Meadows Water Authority
Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a public authority providing water services in the Truckee Meadows of Washoe County in Northern Nevada, which serves more than 330,000 residents. The Authority provides a wide range of water services to households and businesses within its service area, ranging from potable water residential service, to irrigation, non-potable water and fire protection services.

About Ad Edge Water Technologies
Founded in 2002 and headquartered just north of Atlanta, Georgia, AdEdge Water Technologies specializes in the design, development, fabrication, and supply of packaged treatment solutions, specialty medias, innovative technologies, and membranes that remove contaminants from process or aqueous streams.

About Carollo Engineers
At Carollo Engineers, water is our focus, our business, and our passion. For more than 80 years, Carollo has provided a full range of innovative planning, design and construction management services to meet the water and wastewater needs of municipalities, public agencies, private developers and industrial firms. To learn more about how Carollo is “Working Wonders With Water®”, call (800) 523-5826 or visit www.carollo.com.