CITY OF ORLANDO
COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM


Items Types:
Consent Agenda
For Meeting of:
05/21/2007
Signature Approval
Alan Oyler
District: AllFrom: Public WorksBudget Approval
James S Varnado
Exhibits: YesOn File (City Clerk) : NoDraft Only: No
Grant Received by City?:

Subject:
Approving agreement with SuperWater Systems, LLC.

Summary:
The City utilizes anaerobic digestion and lime stabilization to treat the solid residuals created through the wastewater treatment process. The resulting materials are land applied at various contracted agricultural sites as a soil amendment. During inclement weather, the City is forced to store this material at the treatment plant site, creating odor and other operational problems. After the extremely wet conditions in 2004, staff concluded it would be to the City's advantage to adopt a residuals treatment process that did not rely on landspreading as part of the treatment strategy.
Staff investigated a number treatment systems that could significantly reduce the volume of residuals and eliminate the City's dependency on landspreading. The super critical water oxidation (SCWO) process appeared to be the most cost effective technology of those considered. The patents for SCWO technology are held by SuperWater, LLC (SuperWater). SuperWater and the City have agreed to construct a pilot unit at the City's Iron Bridge treatment plant to refine the SCWO technology and develop a unit that could be marketed to other utility companies. In exchange for the City's efforts, and the City conveying the intellectual property rights for any technology developed through this process, SuperWater has agreed to grant the City a no cost license to treat wastewater residuals with SCWO technology. SuperWater has also agreed to pay the city $2.50 for every ton of sludge processed though one of their SCWO units licensed to another entity anywhere in the world.
The attached agreement memorializes the terms and conditions of this arrangement.

Fiscal & Efficiency Data: [As applicable, cite funding source; original approval date and contract amount, Documentary Number, cumulative change orders, recurring cost, (e.g. operating and maintenance); allocation of any generated revenues; any applicable efficiency data; etc.]
The cost benefit to the city is indeterminate at this time and will be dependent upon SuperWater successfully marketing SCWO technology in the future. Funds for the pilot project have been previously approved in project 2892 under 441, the wastewater operating fund.

Recommended Action:
Recommend approval of the agreement with SuperWater Systems, LLC and request authorization for the Mayor to execute the documents subject to the review and approval of the Office of Legal Affairs.

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scwo final agreement 5 2 07.DOC

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Distribution:
General:
Jon Somsen/LEG/EXO/Orlando, David S Sloan/WEM/PWK/Orlando, Robert B Cadle/WEM/PWK/Orlando, Robert J Rutter/CIP/PWK/Orlando, Roy A Pelletier/WEM/PWK/Orlando, Paul K Deuel/WPO/PWK/Orlando

Contact:
Alan Oyler/PWK/PWK/Orlando

Accepted By: Alana C Brenner

Minute Notes:
Agreement with SuperWater Systems, LLC. Approved the agreement with SuperWater Systems, LLC, and authorized the Mayor/Mayor Pro Tem and City Clerk to sign the Agreement, subject to review and approval by the Office of Legal Affairs. The City utilizes anaerobic digestion and lime stabilization to treat the solid residuals created through the wastewater treatment process. The resulting materials are land applied at various contracted agricultural sites as a soil amendment. During inclement weather, the City is forced to store this material at the treatment plant site, creating odor and other operational problems. After the extremely wet conditions in 2004, staff concluded it would be to the City's advantage to adopt a residuals treatment process that did not rely on landspreading as part of the treatment strategy.Staff investigated a number treatment systems that could significantly reduce the volume of residuals and eliminate the City's dependency on landspreading. The super critical water oxidation (SCWO) process appears to be the most cost effective technology of those considered. The patents for SCWO technology are held by SuperWater, LLC (SuperWater). SuperWater and the City have agreed to construct a pilot unit at the City's Iron Bridge treatment plant to refine the SCWO technology and develop a unit that could be marketed to other utility companies. In exchange for the City's efforts, and the City conveying the intellectual property rights for any technology developed through this process, SuperWater has agreed to grant the City a no cost license to treat wastewater residuals with SCWO technology. SuperWater has also agreed to pay the city $2.50 for every ton of sludge processed though one of their SCWO units licensed to another entity anywhere in the world
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