General Environmental Management Inc., through the recent purchase of Southern California Waste Water (SCWW), has taken its first major step in the process of transitioning from being a waste management company to becoming a wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy enterprise.

Southern California Waste Water (which also continues to do business under the earlier name of Santa Clara Waste Water) was created in 1959 by six major oil companies to service the unique waste water processing needs of the oil and gas industry. It continues in that role, in addition to serving domestic and industrial waste clients. SCWW uses advanced treatment processes to receive, treat, and safely dispose of most industrial waste water.

Over the years, SCWW has established a stellar reputation of customer dedication, shown in a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. For example, if a company needs to do a boiler wash down at 2 AM, but finds it doesn’t have enough onsite water storage for the job, SCWW will open up for them to solve the problem, with the ability to store up to one million gallons of contaminated water. Or if a customer is facing cost control problems, SCWW can put together short or long term contracts with fixed pricing.

They continue to grow their technology, recently adding electro-coagulation, UV filtration, and advanced ozone systems. Many manufacturers today utilize reverse osmosis, resulting in a reject discharge that is often high in TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) with which the manufacturer must deal. SCWW offers a solution because it has no TDS limits. They also work with metals and other contaminants.

Another advantage SCWW offers is quick turnaround. Their typical waste water truck waits less than four minutes to begin offloading. And offloading itself is done quickly and efficiently. They are also efficient when it comes to customer trucks that need washout. SCWW can return the truck in minutes versus hours. All of this can save a customer thousands of dollars each month in trucking costs. SCWW can also help customers who want to outsource their transportation logistics, booking the transporter and even handling the billing. Also important is the fact that SCWW is a non-hazardous facility, meaning that customers don’t have to worry about facing some sort of hazardous superfund lawsuit years down the road.

GEM CEO, Tim Koziol, sees the acquisition of SCWW as just the first step in GEM’s plan to expand into the waste water industry. “We believe there is a large and growing opportunity in wastewater treatment, both nationally and globally. We plan to use our core competencies to develop the business through professional sales and marketing while standardizing operations for regional, national and global growth.”

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