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Neptune-Benson announces new Defender Filter installations in Australia

Neptune-Benson announces new Defender Filter installations in Australia
April 18, 2012

Neptune Benson, the leading manufacturer of filtration systems for aquatic centres, waterparks and aquatic life support, has announced five new installations of their award winning Defender® regenerative media filter in Australia.

The facilities are:

• Adventure World, Bibra Lake, Western Australia
• Canning Aquatic Centre, Canning, Western Australia
• Griffith University, South Brisbane, Queensland
• Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland
• University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland

The installation success began with the commissioning of Adventure World's Kahuna Falls in September 2011. This interactive playground utilises just one compact Defender SP-33 filter measuring a slender 838 mm in diameter for all of the attraction's various water features. This single efficient unit filters Kahuna Falls' 95 metre³ at a flow rate of 166 metre³/hour.

The Kahuna Falls installation marks the first use of the Defender filter for Adventure World, however they are already looking at other potential applications.

Neptune Benson Vice President - International Business Development Michael Turner explains "we are honored to have been selected to provide the filtration for so many of Australia's premier installations in such a short span of time.

"Australians are known to be some of the most devout aquatic enthusiasts in the world – earning their approval is a true achievement."

Of the other projects noted, the Griffith University and University of Queensland, St. Lucia installations are also currently in operation. The Queensland University of Technology installation is expected to be commissioned in May and the Canning Aquatic Centre will be up and running by mid year.

Neptune-Benson's recent success in Australia comes on the heels of the Defender's selection as the filter-of-choice for the celebrated State Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Marion, South Australia.

As one of the world's premier aquatic facilities for both recreation and FINA-sanctioned competitive swimming, the inclusion of Defender in the facility's filtration systems was a notable milestone in Defender's history. Several of the Defender filter's attributes were particularly advantageous for the State Aquatic Centre project. Its small footprint allowed the project's engineers to utilize space below the pool decks to house the filter room. The Defender filter also removes particles as small as 1 micron, creating the clearest and "fastest" competitive pool water available.

South Australian State Aquatic and Leisure Centre Operations Manager Gordon Friend explains "the Neptune-Benson – Defender - filtration system has given us fantastic water quality which we constantly receive praise from our customers.

"One of the most exciting aspects of the system is the extremely low water use. Our consumption is far lower than we ever expected."

The Defender filter provides a number of significant sustainability advantages by eliminating over 90% of the water waste associated with traditional sand filters or other "ultra fine filters" that require regular backwashing. With water consumption a constant concern across much of Australia, the Defender represents a responsible choice for water conservation. By reducing waste associated with water and chemical loss as well as electrical use and construction savings, the Defender filter offers considerable economic and operational advantages as well.

With Neptune Benson's first Defender installation at the WhiteWater World waterpark on the Gold Coast, General Manager Bob Tan explains "WhiteWater World's Defender regenerative media system reduces waste by more than 90% and saves over 22 million litres of water per year.

"(As a result) our park has been given the highest efficiency rating possible for a waterpark by the ERM - Environmental Resources Management."

Neptune Benson Vice President - Sales Bob Hawken adds "it is gratifying to see the Australian aquatic community taking to the Defender's capabilities with such enthusiasm.

"The Defender filter has proven to be instrumental in furthering the success of conservation initiatives like the Target 60 and Waterwise programs, currently underway in Perth. We are eager to work with other aquatic professionals throughout Australia in support of their water conservation efforts."

For more information click here to view Neptune Benson's entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory. 



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