In 1995, just a year after changing its name from Engineering & Water Supply Department (E&WS) and becoming a state owned corporation, SA Water installed the very first HUBER machine in Australia. A Huber Ro1 Fine screen at Naracoorte Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).
And 20 odd years later SA Water along with Australia’s other largest state water authorities including Sydney Water, Melbourne Water, Water Corporation and QLD Urban Utilities, SA Water continues to select HUBER’s range of Wastewater and Sludge Handling Equipment for new and upgraded STP’s
Over this time over more than 250 HUBER machines have been installed in Australia and almost all of these units, thanks to the innovative design, high quality stainless steel manufacture and long service life, are still in operation today.
With over 35,000 installations worldwide, HUBER’s range of proven equipment includes Wastewater Screening, Screenings Washing, Grit Separation and Washing, Sludge Screening, Thickening, Dewatering and Drying and Wastewater Filtration.
Hydroflux HUBER Pty Ltd staff, HUBER’s exclusive representative in Australia, have been intimately involved with almost every single Australian installation and provide specialist advise and support, OEM spares and maintenance.
According to John Koumoukelis a Director of Hydroflux Huber, “Australian Water Authorities have long since recognised the value in selecting high build quality equipment with a very long service life providing the highest life cycle value. The most popular HUBER supplied equipment in Australia has traditionally been the R0SF4 Grit Washers, followed by the Step Screens which HUBER invented in 1982. These are followed closely by the Screening Wash Presses, Sludge Screw Presses and Sludge Thickeners.”
“HUBER’s ongoing innovation means we are now seeing a growing adoption of the new HUBER QPRESS Rotary Screw Presses with IE4 energy efficient drives and the truly revolutionary HUBER Liquid Drum Screens which can completely replace traditional STP sedimentation basins”.
“What is equally pleasing is we are seeing a high rate of adoption of the HUBER machines into Industrial Wastewater Treatment systems as well. This market has traditionally purchased budget machines with relatively short lifespans, but especially with the larger companies we are seeing a growing understanding that budget is not always cheapest.”
About the Author
John Koumoukelis’ water industry career spans over 16 years. His goals are to provide energy-efficient and high-performance process equipment and treatment solutions to a variety of clients within the wastewater industry, to allow them to meet their sustainability targets.
His experience includes the introduction of key technologies into the Australian market place such as step screens, centre flow band screens, advanced grit washing and screenings washing, sludge screening and digester pre-treatment.
He also has extensive process design and sizing knowledge with inlet works, biological process and sludge management systems as well as water reuse using hybrid MBR-RO for industrial applications.
For over 15 years John has had a close association with HUBER Technology AG of Germany.
About the Hydroflux Group
The Hydroflux Group comprises seven companies based in Australia and the UK, providing design and build, equipment, processes and operational services in water and wastewater treatment. Hydroflux Huber specialises in municipal wastewater and sludge treatment and is the exclusive Australian representative for HUBER Technology, AEROSTRIP, CNP Technologies, Aeromix, Flootech MBBR and Organica Water.
Hydroflux Huber Pty Ltd is a member of the Hydroflux Group.
2 November 2016
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