Water shortages are acute in many parts of China, and Xylem is involved in several projects helping to address this problem. For example, we are helping develop the nation’s largest underground wastewater recycling plant, which will increase the area’s reclaimed water supply by 1.1 billion cubic meters per year. The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. When not precisely monitored, it can inadvertently produce water shortages or flooding. An H-3553T Bubbler from YSI, a Xylem brand, gathers stage and flow measurements to help local officials accurately monitor the water levels of the river above and below the dam. We also recently upgraded a sewage plant in Bengbu City, which will improve sanitation conditions for the city’s more than 2 million residents.
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Xylem is also updating aging or overtaxed infrastructure to help communities avoid breakdowns and better prepare for natural disasters. We replaced an aging force main sewer line in North Carolina that was susceptible to sewer overflows. To complete the replacement, we had to use a 100 percent redundant bypass system capable of handling 13.5 million gallons of water per day. A pair of Godwin pumps made this process possible.
Xylem also is exploring innovative technologies and bringing our solutions to new customers. A cutting-edge filtration system, provided by Xylem’s Leopold brand, is helping the Beaver County water treatment plant in Baden, Pennsylvania, supply more drinking water for its growing population using Total Suspended Solid and Total Organic Carbon technology. The region’s demand is expected to grow by more than 30 percent by 2020, and our solution will help increase the local supply of potable water while meeting water effluent regulations.
And Xylem is solving water in rapidly growing markets in the Middle East and North Africa, where there are thousands of construction and infrastructure projects currently underway. We are helping supply these growing markets with a new dewatering pump rental and service business, as well as a local pump manufacturing facility in Dubai. We are also supplying customized, high-efficiency technologies, including Flygt ultra low-head pumps and low-speed mixers, aeration blowers and aerators at a wastewater treatment and reclamation plant in Sulaibiya, Kuwait.
The world’s water challenges are daunting — but they’re not unsolvable. Sustainability has been part of Xylem’s business model from the beginning, and we have the resources and expertise to tackle the toughest of water issues responsibly. Helping facilities, communities and cities run more sustainably is all in a day’s work at Xylem.