dws-foz-rhdv-sign-waste-water-treatment-agreement-nereda-for-brazil-770pxMr. Giancarlo Ronconi, Manager Engineering and Technology Foz/Odebrecht Ambiental (right) and Mr Ronald Niermans, Director Patents & Licensing Royal HaskoningDHV visiting the Nereda wastewater treatment plant in Epe, the Netherlands. © photo: Benno Wonink Fotografie

Foz, the Brazilian Water Company of Odebrecht Ambiental, and engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV have signed a cooperation agreement to implement the innovative wastewater treatment technology Nereda in Brazil.

Foz plans to build at least ten Nereda installations in the coming years to treat the wastewater of millions of Brazilians. The total contract value is expected to exceed 11.5 million Euro.

For both companies the cooperation agreement represents a major leap forward. In Brazil less than 30 percent of all domestic waste water is treated.

More sustainable treatment of waste water
Mr Emyr Diniz Costa Junior, Foz’s Engineering Director, said “We believe Nereda can help us to contribute to better public health by providing people with access to sanitation. The Nereda technology treats waste water more sustainably.”

Foz starts the design of three Nereda plants this year, two in São Paulo, treating the wastewater of 140,000 people, and one in Rio de Janeiro for 550,000 people. In the next five years at least ten plants will follow in Brazil.  

Challenge for large cities
Royal HaskoningDHV’s Global Director for Water Products and Innovation, Mr René Noppeney, said “The challenge for many large cities around the world is to find sustainable solutions for sanitation that have a small footprint. Nereda offers that solution.”

The footprint of a Nereda installation is up to a factor four smaller than that of conventional water purification systems. Mr Noppeney continued: “We see the Brazilian municipal water and wastewater market as a growth market. It is of great interest for our company that one of the foremost Brazilian water companies has chosen our innovative technology.”dws-foz-rhdv-sign-waste-water-treatment-agreement-nereda-for-brazil-viewofrio-350px

Nereda in a nutshell
Nereda is an award-winning, innovative technology that treats wastewater with less energy and chemicals and a smaller footprint than conventional water treatment systems. Nereda treats wastewater using the unique features of aerobic granular biomass. The purifying bacteria in Nereda create compact granules with superb settling properties.

The technology is invented by the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and developed in a unique public-private partnership between the University, the Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA), the Dutch Water Boards and Royal HaskoningDHV. After twenty years of research and development this innovative biological solution is now proving itself as the next leap forward in wastewater treatment technology.

This news item was originally published on the wbesite of RoyalHaskoningDHV.

More about Nereda on this website:
- Nereda's revolutionary aerobic granular biomass exceeds expectations at first full scale WWTP Epe - February 2013
- Official commissioning Nereda at WWTP Epe: Wonder-granule keeps its promise - May 2012
- WWTP Dinxperlo turned into public water garden with latest Nereda water treatment technology - December 2011

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