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Windesheim/Bayreuth, 4th November 2011 - The so far largest Uranex plant for removing uranium and one of the largest Carix plants for partial desalination have been inaugurated in the waterworks in Windesheim, Rhineland Palatinate, by the Trollmühle association. The geologically-related uranium content of the water is now reduced with the aid of these two ion exchange processes, realised by Krüger WABAG, from an average 14 μg/l to less than 0.1 μg/l. In addition, the overall hardness is reduced from 22° to 12° and the nitrate content from 35 mg/l to less than 25 mg/l. About 42,00 people in 14,000 households in the local area are supplied with 2.1 million cubic metres of drinking water a year by the special association.
"The participation of the local people in advance of this project was very important and necessary," underlined Willy Orben, the waterworks Plant Manager, in his address at the plant opening. Thereby for many people in the area the main need was for softer water. The high uranium content was ascertained during a series of examinations by the state authorities in 2008. Options and the economic impacts were discussed at several publicly held meetings. The building of a new plant was then decided by a meeting of the association in 2009 on the basis of wide approval by the local residents. Building work began in August 2010 and the plant was commissioned in October this year after only 14 months construction time.
Jürgen Stein, Assistant Head of the Rhineland-Palatinate Environment Ministry, praised the decision-takers in Windesheim: "You have decided, and with foresight have acted economically and ecologically and implemented the measures efficiently." For both the planned building time and planned costs were strictly adhered to. The moderately increasing water costs for the households are offset by the absence of decentral water softeners and the lower use of detergents and descalers that are harmful to the environment. In addition, the increased demands on the water quality and public health care are taken account of. Not least, due to the measures compliance with the revised German dinking water regulation in force since November 1 with a limit of 10 μg/l uranium is ensured.
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The waterworks of the Trollmühle association in Windesheim
Some of the decisions-makers of the Trollmühle investment in the uranium removal and part-desalination. At left, Plant Manager Willy Orben.
The so far largest Uranex plant and one of the largest Carix plants have been built in Windesheim. Ion exchange processes are involved In both cases
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