Arizona Paper Mill Reuses 300,000 Gallons of Water Daily with GE Technology
OREANDA-NEWS. September 27, 2016. Doubletree Paper Mills in Gila Bend, Arizona, is saving 300,000 gallons of water daily by using GE’s (NYSE: GE) advanced water reuse technology. With GE’s ZeeWeed* membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, the paper mill has doubled its paper production capacity without impacting the limited treatment capacity of the city’s existing municipal wastewater treatment plant.
Over the past year, Doubletree Paper Mills has been treating and reusing its process water, reducing water consumption and preserving the limited capacity of the city’s wastewater treatment plant for its residents. Gila Bend is a small desert town with limited wastewater treatment infrastructure. Prior to the installation of GE’s ZeeWeed MBR technology, the paper mill was unable to increase its paper manufacturing capacity due to the limitations of the existing city water treatment plant.
“With the installation of GE’s MBR water treatment technology, Doubletree Paper Mills was able to reuse enough water to double paper production without burdening the city’s public wastewater plant. By reusing process wastewater for production, we are being environmentally and fiscally responsible members of the community,” said Samir Kanuga, vice president of finance, Doubletree Paper Mills. “GE’s MBR system works flawlessly every day. It requires minimal maintenance, and we have peace of mind knowing it is monitored by GE 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
“The paper and tissue manufacturing process requires large quantities of water and produces an abundance of wastewater. Being in the desert southwest, Doubletree Paper Mills is a model for environmental stewardship. Doubletree is using GE technology in a production-critical process that is enabling the mill to double capacity without burdening the city’s wastewater treatment plant. That’s sustainability in practice,” said Kevin Cassidy, global leader, engineered systems—water and process technologies for GE Power.
Situated approximately 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, Doubletree Paper Mills is GE’s first MBR wastewater reuse project for a paper mill in the United States. Doubletree Paper is a privately owned mill producing high-quality paper and tissue products for retailers in the southwest.
About Doubletree Paper Mills
Further to our commitment to obtaining the most responsibly sourced raw materials, Royal Paper Converting opened its own paper mill in 2007. Located in Gila Bend, Arizona, with the capability of sourcing 100 percent of its products, the state-of-the-art facility features more than 100,000 square feet, over 40 employees and equipment that produces both virgin and 100 percent recycled paper. Doubletree Paper Mills provide the paper for a comprehensive range of items (bath tissue, kitchen towels, napkins, facial tissues and more) for commercial and retail private label and in-house brands.
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