EcoWeek,  October 28, 2002

Zenon technology to play role in revitalizing pond

Zenon's membrane technology has been selected to treat wastewater from Edmonton's Gold Bar wastewater treatment plant. The treated water will be used as internal recycle water in the plant, and the city will consider expanding this usage to include local irrigation.

Additionally, in the first project of its type in Canada, the treated wastewater will be used to revitalize a dry weed-filled pond in Gold Bar Park. The newly-created lake, to be filled with tap water this fall, will be filled with membrane-filtered water a year from now.

The Gold Bar plant, located on the outskirts of Edmonton along the south shore of the North Saskatchewan River, is adjacent to two underused city parks. Currently, the facility treats nearly 100,000 million litres of wastewater per day.

In September, City Council decided to upgrade and modernize the existing plant, and purchased Zenon's membrane bioreactor system as the initial demonstration unit with a view to evaluating a larger full-scale system. The demonstration plant is expected to be on line by the spring of 2003.

In other activities, Zenon received the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' first Canadian Innovation Award for Sustainable Development earlier this month during CME's 2002 Annual Conference in Vancouver. The award recognizes innovative excellence in the development of new technology and in the adoption and application of the technology as it relates to environmental improvement. Zenon is the first recipient of this award, both regionally and nationally.

The company was also named Top Exporter of the Year at the presentation of the Canada Export Awards by International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew. The award is presented annually by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) to recognize excellence in the achievements and success of Canadian companies that export their products and services to international markets.

Finally, Zenon was ranked as Canada's Top Corporate Citizen by Corporate Knights, a business publication addressing corporate social responsibility. The publication also named the firm one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the second consecutive year.

More information is available from Andrew Benedek, Zenon chairman and CEO, 905/465-3030, or on the company's Web site,

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