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News ReleaseNew Guidance Renews Industry Focus on Water Pollution Prevention Says Air Products

March 11, 2008 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

New guidance on river basin planning will renew UK industry’s focus on water pollution prevention, encouraging them to shop around for the best available water treatment systems, says Air Products.

Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government opened the latest volume of guidance on River Basin Management Planning to consultation at the end of February 2008. The guidance sets out the role of environmental quality standards in implementing the Water Framework Directive, explains the range of new standards that have been developed by the UK environment agencies and considers the way in which the Directive’s costs and benefits should be balanced.

Philip Whittaker, Air Products’ business development lead for water systems, at Air Products, said:

“This new guidance comes as a timely reminder to industrial, landfill management and agricultural businesses that the implementation of the Water Framework Directive is well underway and the first draft River Basin Management Plans will be in place from the end of this year.

“Companies that are involved in activities that could potentially cause pollution of the water environment, even by diffuse pollution, will need to adopt best practice standards of emissions control.”

To meet demand for tighter wastewater emission control technologies, Air Products has developed an innovative pure oxygen-based treatment system that is capable of treating effluent onsite, before it is released into the environment.

The OXY-DEP® VSA system, developed by Air Products, produces its own supply of high purity oxygen, for use during the wastewater treatment process. This oxygen is used to oxygenate the effluent or wastewater in the treatment basin, in a similar way to a traditional aeration process. The high purity of the oxygen allows a higher volume of contaminants to be removed in a much smaller treatment volume. Using pure oxygen that is generated onsite, rather than atmospheric air, gives the treatment system improved flexibility to meet variations in demand due to the type of contaminants being removed; their concentration or the volume of effluent requiring treatment.

Philip Whittaker added:

“Water companies and processing industries need to keep an open mind when it comes to wastewater treatment and regard the directive as an opportunity to drive efficiency by upgrading existing systems. Technologies are being enhanced on an ongoing basis and industries should review their options regularly.”

For advice about how to assess the efficiency of existing wastewater treatment systems, process managers should call 01270 614317 or visit

Note to Editor:
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. Air Products has annual revenues of $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 22,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit  

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