Evoqua Water Technologies Helping the World to Create a More Sustainable Water Supply
by Mark Soroka
April 5, 2022
Water sustainability is becoming a major issue around the world. Climate change, pollution, population growth and scarcity are a few of the many challenges impacting our water supply.
“Water is the most important resource on earth,” said Snehal Desai, Executive Vice President & Chief Growth and Sustainability Officer for Evoqua Water Technologies, a Pittsburgh -based company that is one of the world’s leading providers of critical water and wastewater treatment solutions. “Without a reliable source of safe water, life could not exist. What’s more, most manufacturing processes would come to a standstill without clean water. At Evoqua, we are united by a common purpose: Transforming Water. Enriching Life® for generations to come.”
A key driver behind Evoqua’s efforts to create a more sustainable future is its work with industrial, municipal and recreational customers around the globe.
“For more than 100 years, we have been providing our customers with advanced water and wastewater treatment solutions for removing natural and manmade contaminants from their water supplies,” said Desai. “We offer a wide array of technologies that remove contaminants to make it fit for safe discharge back into the environment or for reuse within their operations.”
Desai added that Evoqua’s anaerobic wastewater treatment systems enable industrial and municipal clients to convert wastewater into renewable energy.
“This technology produces enough renewable energy to meet the electricity needs for the equivalent of 5,000 American homes per day,” he said.
Evoqua is equally committed to providing its industrial customers with innovative solutions to meet their sustainability needs.
“We work with a wide array of industries, including power generation facilities, chemical plants, food and beverage factories, pharmaceutical companies, and much more,” said Desai.
Desai added that one of Evoqua’s crowning achievements is its Water OneÒ service platform. This system uses real-time analytics and remote monitoring capabilities to help Evoqua’s customers become aware of a water quality issue before it becomes a more serious problem.
“Not only does this technology help us serve our customers sooner, but it also cuts down on the number of trips our technicians have to make to investigate a problem,” said Desai. “That helps cut down on greenhouse gas emissions related to fuel usage.”
While Evoqua’s footprint extends to 150 locations throughout the world, the company hasn’t forgotten its local roots. For example, Evoqua’s ETS-UVÔ Systems is providing safe drinking water for residents serviced by the Moon Township Municipal Authority.
Last fall, Evoqua also opened an 18,000 square foot Sustainability and Innovation Hub in the Lawrenceville Tech Forge, part of Pittsburgh’s urban technology park. This facility houses a hands-on demonstration and training area, pilot testing environment, and state-of-the-art laboratory.
“This facility is located close to where all the technological innovation is taking place in Pittsburgh,” said Anthony Webster, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Evoqua. “It’s allowing us to collaborate with our customers to help them find solutions for their water problems.”
Evoqua is quickly earning worldwide acclaim for its sustainability initiatives. Corporate Knights graded Evoqua nineteenth in its 2022 ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies while the World Economic Forum gave Evoqua a high rating for corporate sustainability performance.
In addition, Evoqua recognizes its customers for their efforts to create a more sustainable future for our environment. Each year on World Water Day, Evoqua presents its Water Sustainability Award to a customer for its excellence in water stewardship. Samsung Austin Semiconductor was the 2022 recipient for implementing waste reduction and water conservation enhancements for its facility in Austin, Texas.
“Together with our customers, we are helping create a more sustainable future for our world’s water supply,” said Desai. “That’s a win-win outcome for communities and businesses alike.”