JOHNSTON, Pa. –A green laundry system invented by Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) and Water Energy Technologies will be installed at the Cambria County Prison and is expected to recycle 90 percent of greywater generated by laundry operations. CTC will install the system at the prison in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, without any capital outlay from county government.
“Water is too precious a resource to be used just once,” said Jeff Grabarek, Senior Director, CTC. “CTC’s water recycling system captures water that has been gently used and allows it to be reused in a variety of ways, providing an economically feasible and environmentally responsible means to maximize water resources.”
According to CTC engineers who worked with Cambria County Prison officials to identify baseline data, the Cambria County Prison uses approximately 16 million gallons of water a year. By reusing 90 percent of the water from the laundry operation, CTC’s green laundry system will save more than 4,000 gallons of water daily, or nearly 1.5 million gallons of water per year. In addition, the system will reduce electricity consumption by nearly 500,000 kilowatts a year and chemical use by nearly 40 percent. It is expected that the system will pay for itself in five years.
“CTC’s water recycling technology has global applications as pressures on freshwater resources grow and as new sources of supply become increasingly scarce and more expensive,” said Grabarek in a news release. “CTC has been approached by a Christian mission in the Philippines, developers in Mexico, and stakeholders in Asia and the Netherlands for this technology. It’s exciting to install the system within Cambria County where CTC was founded 30 years ago, giving taxpayers in our own backyard the opportunity to benefit from this invention.”
He notes that healthcare, hospitality, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and mining industries, for example, can utilize this innovative technology to maximize the productivity of one unit of water.
According to President Commissioner Tom Chernisky, “This is a win for Cambria County and CTC. The prison laundry system is in use 24 hours a day, and having this technology to reuse water will provide savings to Cambria County.”
The green laundry system is a product of the collaboration announced in September 2016 between CTC and Water Energy Technologies, Inc. This partnership combines CTC’s water reuse and recycling technology originally developed for the U.S. Air Force with Water Energy Technologies’ ozone treatment technology that was developed for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
“This is an excellent example of leveraging government-funded technology for non-federal applications that benefit taxpayers and the environment,” said Grabarek.