World's largest pump manufacturer paves way for a sustainable future

Can one company make a dent in the California drought? At Grundfos, they’ve already begun the process…
By: Grundfos, EMTS Inc, Floating Islands West
June 10, 2015 - PRLog -- If 10% of California’s 12 million households were to capture and reuse their graywater, that could be a potential savings of 373,000 acre feet annually.

June 15th 2015, Fresno, California; Grundfos will introduce the newest addition to their graywater system and show yet again that they are a forward-thinking company.  Made from recycled product and modeled after nature’s own floating wetlands; BioHaven® Floating Islands will be introduced into the holding pond at Grundfos’ Shields Avenue location.

Three floating islands (approximately 200 square feet each) will be delivered, assembled on-site, and planted with an assortment of plant species carefully selected for their natural ability to absorb unwanted nutrients, provide food for pollinators, and enhance the island's overall aesthetics.  In addition to providing beauty to the waterway, the islands will serve a deeper purpose in providing benefits such as: water quality improvement, removal of excess nutrients from water, as well as habitat enhancement.

Thousands of islands have been installed worldwide and tested by some of the best in the industry.  They have been effective at removing contaminants such as nitrogen, phosphorus, BOD, TSS, and propylene glycol.  Demonstration projects have been performed using BioHavens® in collaboration with the USACE, USGS, NRCS, U.S. Forest Service, Government of Sigapore, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, as well as many others.  The islands for this project were manufactured in California by Floating Islands West, LLC.  Each island is composed of a durable non-woven recycled Polyethylene terephthalate – also known as PET (the same material used in water bottles); for every square foot of 2 inch thick material nearly 3 (12 ounce) plastic bottles are prevented from going into landfills, these islands are about 6-8” thick @ about 600 square feet.

Designed to mimic natural wetlands, Grundfos’ new islands will create a “concentrated wetland effect.”  One island of 250 square feet is the equivalent to one acre’s worth of wetland surface area…the result = a supercharged wetland in a small package.

The integration of a Grundfos Solar Energy Efficient Submersible Pump into their floating island will make it perform at a much higher rate due to the added benefits of aeration.  Over time, the plant roots will make their way through the island and into the water.

Details are as follows:
Date: Monday, June 15, 2015

Time: 10AM

Location: 5900 E. Shields Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727

Contractor: EMTS, Inc. (Clovis, CA)

What: 3 Floating Islands will be assembled, planted and installed into the graywater pond.

Grundfos is committed to their values, with sustainability being number one on their list. “Being responsible is our foundation…we understand the significance of responsibility to the environment and the people we live, work and deal with…”

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