As America’s oil-rich and breadbasket states dry up under the constant threat of drought and water supplies running dangerously low, a Texas company’s toilet-to-tap technology gains ground with a new joint venture agreement that brings this highly advanced wastewater treatment to the municipal marketplace.
Difficult times call for what may seem like drastic solutions, but as the world struggles with a shortage of water that threatens industries, economies and increases the risk of yet more conflicts, toilet-to-tap solutions become not only acceptable, but essential. Now it’s going commercial.
Last month, STW Water—a wholly owned subsidiary of STW Resources Holding Corp. (OTCQB: STWS)--signed an exclusive agreement with Sunstone Water Group to commercialize its patented advanced municipal wastewater treatment technology.
STW is a leader in water reclamation and desalination in the state of Texas, with proven, cost-efficient projects that will provide Texans, oilfield services and other industries with new sources of water never before tapped. Its partner in this new venture, Sunstone Water Group, is the developer of economically viable patented technology that is changing lives across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The two forces combined bring this new technology to the US--targeting the dry state of Texas first. The technology won’t just change the availability of potable drinking water on a daily basis for struggling and freshwater-poor municipalities, but STW will also make drinking water available for use in disaster relief and recovery.
At a time when population growth, drought and climate change are putting immense pressure on our water supplies, Americans even in states not affected by drought are beginning to realize that water is not endless and is a precious commodity that we can no longer take for granted.
While Texas faces a ‘mega drought’ that will make even its current ongoing drought pale by comparison, and California introduces harsh new water regulations that have some areas cutting water usage by 35%, advanced toilet-to-tap technology is not only becoming an acceptable idea, but is poised to become the rule rather than the exception.
The STW-Sunstone agreement unleashes new technology that can process municipal wastewater into potable drinking water in a system that can be easily put inline with existing municipal wastewater systems or transported in shipping containers for fast and efficient deployment.
The process involves removing undesirable chemicals, biological contaminants, suspended solids and gases and contaminated water and returning the water to a potable status—safe for human consumption.
For Sunstone, this deal takes its technology to yet another continent, and for STW Resources, the agreement adds to its already sizable arsenal of water technologies that are being implemented in ground breaking reclamation and desalination projects in dry Texas.
STW chose the Sunstone technology to add to its water portfolio because this solution is the most advanced form of toilet-to-tap out there. What makes it the most advanced system? The processed potable water goes directly from the toilet to the tap for immediate use. In other toilet-to-tap systems in use today, wastewater is cleaned up and then put into reservoirs for future use, adding another reprocessing step—a form of “natural filtration” and evaporation—which makes it less efficient.
Everything else on the US market falls short and has failed to gain acceptance for use commercially in municipalities. Even though this technology is being used in other countries, STW is planning to prove these advancements with Sunstone in pilot testing that will begin next month in a large Texan city subject to the rules and regulations of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
“The Sunstone technology is capable of processing and cleaning this contaminated water to specs that are cleaner than the bottled water that is bought in stores every day,” STW President Alan Murphy said in a statement.
“We are wasting our precious fresh water resources every minute of every day when we could be reusing it. We have the technology to clean and process nearly every type of contaminated water for reuse now. Everyone needs to realize that water is a commodity that has to be conserved in every way possible.”
By James Burgess for Oilprice.com
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