Jan 30, 2014

Global Water Center Lab Teaches Water Cycle Management

The lab's mission is to train professionals, accelerate technology transfer and transform communities

Mahattil Intl. opened New Works in the Global Water Center in Milwaukee. New Works offers hands-on training for all water management professionals. State-of-the-art Festo lab equipment simulates the complete water cycle, from source to wastewater treatment and all steps in between.

The New Works mission is to train professionals, accelerate technology transfer and transform communities using appropriate technologies for water management. To that end, New Works has developed six hands-on and practical learning courses to quickly train water management professionals in the following: water purification, water supply, wastewater transport, wastewater treatment, monitoring and controlling operations, and energy optimization in water treatment plants.

Housed in the Flow Lab on the first floor of the Global Water Center, the lab simulates the entire water cycle with four different stations: water purification, water supply, wastewater transport and wastewater treatment. Each area can be used individually or work together as a complete system. The stations also can be leveraged to do applied research like modeling and simulations.

“New Works curriculum was designed to quickly equip water management professionals with the skills to function at an advanced level in the water industry,” said Shajan M. John, president of Mahattil Intl. “Our courses address the global shortage of water industry technicians and engineers.” Trainees are equipped with process control and automation field expertise to effectively manage a precious resource - water.

An open house featuring tours, demonstrations and presentations will be held Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the New Works facility in the Global Water Center, located at 247 Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI, 53204. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, presided over by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., with the day's events concluding with a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Electordialysis technology has applications in water, food, beverage and many other industries. Dr. Johannes Fritsch, professor for the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany, is scheduled to speak on this topic at the Global Water Center in the morning.