Jan 09, 2013

U.S. Water Prize Winners Webinar Series Converting Industrial Food Process Water into High Quality Drinking Water for Direct Reuse--PepsiCo Frito-Lay

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012 

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET 

Webinar Overview:
Water shortage and water scarcity are becoming serious issues at both national and international levels. In the U.S. there are real water shortages in California, Arizona, Georgia and Texas. The most promising solution for reducing water footprint is water recovery and reuse. Also prolonged depletion of groundwater, increasing treatment costs of water/wastewater and enforcement of new direct discharge limits are accelerating the need for evaluation and implementation of water recovery and reuse projects. Water recovery and reuse not only prevent groundwater tables from dropping but also protect water resources for future generations. Frito-Lay Inc., a Division of PepsiCo, as part of its robust and thoughtful approach to environmental sustainability and reducing water footprint, has selected one of its manufacturing plants in U.S. to be the first full-scale “Water recovery and reuse facility” in U.S. The objective of this project was to identify the most viable technology to convert food process water into high quality drinking water for direct reuse at food manufacturing plants. This plant currently converts its process water into drinking water quality for direct reuse. 

This webinar will discuss the design criteria, operational and water quality data including some of the lessons learned during the design and startup of this project. LPRO membrane fouling was the most challenging issue which required much time and investigation to resolve and develop a feasible solution. Currently the combined MBR-Activated Carbon-LPRO membrane system is running at 75% water recovery and producing high quality permeates which meet US EPA Primary and Secondary drinking water standards. This is the first industrial water recovery and reuse plant in the United States which converts food process water into drinking water quality for direct reuse in production. Annually, this plant will save more than 100,000,000 gallons of fresh water in State of Arizona. 

Attendees to this webinar earn one Professional Development Hour. 

Mohammad Haghighipodeh, Ph.D.
Corporate Sustainability Manager
Frito-Lay North America Inc., A Division of PepsiCo. 

Mr. Haghighipodeh has been with PepsiCo since January 2001. “Mo” received his Doctoral Degree in Environmental Engineering specializing in Water and Wastewater from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tulane University in 1991. He worked as an Assistant Director of the LCU Institute of Water Research and Trace Analysis Inc., in Texas from 1992-1993. He worked as assistant professor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Isfahan University of Technology in Iran from 1994 – 1999 and the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas from 1999 - 2000. In all, Mo has more than 26 years of experience in research, teaching graduate and undergraduate environmental courses, design of industrial water and wastewater treatment plants, water quality management, and environmental management systems. He has also published water and wastewater papers in more than 28 technical journals and presented at 32 conferences, both national and international.


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