MIDLAND, Texas, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- STW Resources Holding Co. announced today that its proprietary water desalination system using its technology adapted from oil and gas fields is fully functional at the Ranchland Hills Gold Club near Midland, converting 700,000 gallons a day of brackish water into fresh water the quality of rainwater that is being used for fairways and greens.
Stanley Weiner, CEO of Midland-based STW Resources, said the system is economical to operate and returns a higher percentage of fresh water from brackish water. He explained that Ranchland's wells are 1,800 feet deep, in the brackish Santa Rosa aquifer, which is below the fresh water aquifer used by most individuals and municipalities.
"There was not enough flow in the standard fresh water aquifer to supply the needs of an 18-hole golf course and because of the brackish water's high salinity, Ranchland was spending significant money on chemicals designed to keep salt buildup off the roots of grass, trees and other plants," Weiner said.
Weiner noted that the system is similar to, but not exactly the same as, the system that STW uses to clean up produced oilfield water.
"Salinity is not the main issue in produced water, whereas it is the main concern for the golf course," Weiner said. "Our system uses a proprietary technology, and proprietary chemical combination, that allows the system to recover a higher percentage of water, at a lower cost, than most desalination systems. Water coming from this treatment is like rainwater." He noted that so much dissolved content is removed that certain amounts of minerals must be mixed back into the water before being distributed to Ranchland's pipes. "Water that is too pure is highly corrosive since it tries to dissolve whatever it comes into contact with," he explained.
Weiner said STW's system also could be used on a large scale for cities and industries. He said STW is in negotiations with certain municipalities. "We believe that the STW system can operate at a per-gallon cost that is comparable to the cost that most municipalities are currently being charged," Weiner said.
About STW Resources Holding Corp.
STW Resources Holding Corp. provides customized water analysis, reclamation and remediation services to a variety of complex industrial and municipal applications throughout several geographic locations. As an independent solutions provider, STW utilizes proven technologies from various well-known manufacturers. These technologies are available as fixed or mobile units with varying capabilities. STW's process ensures that the most effective and efficient technologies are implemented. Current potential project locations include the Eagle Ford Shale (TX), and the West Texas Delaware and Permian Basins (TX).
About Ranchland Hills Golf Club
Ranchland Hills Golf Club is located in beautiful Midland, Texas. Ranchland has recently undergone an ownership and management change, bringing with it exciting change and opportunities for the Ranchland Hills members. The course will be undergoing a facelift with all new Bent Grass Greens, state of the art equipment and all new gas powered golf carts. The Club House is being completely rebuilt to a high level of sophistication and will house a world-class chef and beautiful views of the course. www.ranchlandhillsgolf.com
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