27 Apr

Results of the EKOTON-2018 Conference

From 27 to 31 of March 2018 in Sochi, Russia the 22nd International Scientific and Practical Conference “Technologies and equipment for the water industry” was held by the EKOTON Industrial Group.

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After a one and a half year break, the Conference gathered more than 150 wastewater treatment professionals from the CIS and Europe. Representatives of municipal and industrial WWTP, engineering companies and design organizations, equipment manufacturer, industry associations and the mass media were among the participants. The partners of the Conference were Grundfos Ltd – a leading pumping equipment manufacturer in RF, as well as the company “Sistemy Plastikovykh Truboprovodov”.
Over the years, the EKOTON Conference has proven itself as a platform where WWT professionals can share their experience, represent new technological solutions, discuss interesting practical cases and establish professional contacts. The Conference progaramme is traditionally reach in interesting reports. This year during plenary sessions there was made more than 35 presentations on current topics.

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The greatest interest among participants had the reports which were directly connected to the experience of different programmes and new technologies implementation at the water and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as legislative issues, namely:

  • “Transition to technological rationing: “game rules” are being formed” - Elena Sobolevskaia, deputy executive director of the RAVV;
  • “Reconstruction and modernization of WWTP in Tomsk. Retrospective and strategic plans” - Vladimir Kiselev, chief engineer of GOS Ltd;
  • “Belarusian practice of construction of efficient, but affordable wastewater treatment facilities” - Eduard Brazovsky, Director of LOSBEL Ltd;
  • “Baikal water - systemic problems and comprehensive solutions” - Evgenii Pupyrev, Sc.D. in Technology, prof., President of the MRSP, chairman of ETS RAVV;
  • “Sewage sludge as “not quite waste”. Problems of normative acts interpretation” - Georgiy Samburskii, scientific secretary of ETS RAVV.

The conference was attended by leading equipment and technologies manufacturers in wastewater treatment. Their presentations contained a large number of practical examples of implementation with evaluation of project achievements and economic effects. Among the speakers were representatives of such companies as Grundfos, PENETRON-Russia, Alfa Laval, Wilo, SEEPEX, Endress+Hausser, Gidromashservis, Xylem, Atlas Copco, BASF and others.

The materials of the Conference which were presented during the plenary sessions can be found here.

Representatives of the EKOTON Industrial Group gave a brief information about our production line development over the last one and a half year, and also raised an issue of the strategic partnership importance between Municipal WWTP and equipment manufacturer. On the example of three EKOTON long-term clients, practical issues of such partnership were considered and its successfulness was shown.

Also, during the plenary sessions the important topic of sewage sludge dewatering and its further utilization was raised. EKOTON Industrial Group professionals presented comparative analysis of operating costs for sludge dewatering at small-to-medium sized (up to 100 000 m3/day) WWTP, which included consideration of the projects using belt filter-presses, decanter centrifuges and multi-disc screw presses, as well as advisability of specific equipment selection depending on the wastewater characteristics.

On 29 of March, for the first time within the EKOTON Conference, it was held the meeting of the Expert and Technological Council of the RAVM, dedicated to issues and aspects of sludge treatment, which is generated in the water supply and wastewater stations, as well as its storage and utilization. From the ETS RAVV side, in the roundtable meeting took part: chairman of ETS RAVV, Sc.D. in Technology prof. E.I. Pupyrev; scientific secretary of ETS RAVV, Ph.D. in Technology G.A. Samburskii; chairman of the sludge treatment section of ETS RAVV, development director of the Company Groups “EKOHOLDING” Aliev Ali.

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The tone of the discussion was set by the Sambursky presentation, which were dedicated to the legal aspects faced by operating organizations working in the field of water supply and wastewater treatment, while utilizing and treating sludge generated in water treatment process. Pupyrev, Samburskii and Aliev (ETS RAVV), Pesin, Litostansky, Voloshin (EKOTON Industrial Group), representatives of Municipal WWTP in Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod region, GMS group of companies, MIRRIKO group of companies and other participants of the roundtable took part. During the discussion it was noted that the existing legal framework in RF concerning sewage sludge utilization requires immediate improvement in terms of numerous normative and legal acts harmonization in this field as well as making amendments to relevant documents aimed to remove numerous bureaucratic barriers and obstacles when treating sludge. All roundtable meeting participants noted the usefulness of such conversation and the relevance of the raised issues. At the participants request, the organizers are considering to hold such an event within the EKVATEK exhibition.

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As a part of the informal programme, the Conference participants visited and strolled along the SkyPark – one of the longest pedestrian suspended bridges in the world, and the most desperate brave souls experienced breathtaking attractions from the bungee-jumping creator.

The Conference participants noted the unique atmosphere at the EKOTON Conference, which allows not only to fruitfully work during plenary sections, but also to have a rest in the circle of close friends.

The Organizing Committee thanks all the participants of the Conference who took the time to join us in Sochi. Thank you and see you soon!