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The share of domestic equipment increased by 20%: Russian entrepreneurs occupy a niche in the market for municipal equipment

Two large exhibitions of equipment and technologies for the water industry and utilities opened in Moscow at the Crocus Expo exhibition complex.

Two large exhibitions of equipment and technologies for the water industry and utilities opened in Moscow at the Crocus Expo exhibition complex.

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Two large exhibitions of equipment and technologies for the water industry and utilities opened in Moscow at the Crocus Expo exhibition complex. This is the 17th International Exhibition of Technologies and Equipment for Municipal and Industrial Water Treatment, Water Supply, Water Disposal and Wastewater Treatment “EquaTek-2023”, as well as the 15th Anniversary Exhibition “WastTek” – the achievements of the waste recycling and environmental protection industry.

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WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

“Improving the quality of the environment directly depends on the timely implementation of innovative solutions in the technological processes of water management,” said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Mikhail Ivanov, opening the joint exhibition. – The volume of production of domestic water treatment equipment at the end of 2022 increased by a quarter, amounting to almost 35 billion rubles. The share of domestic equipment in the Russian market is constantly increasing.

As for waste processing, over the past 5 years, according to the deputy minister, there has been a significant shift: the share of domestic equipment has increased by 20%.

Both expositions have become twice as representative as compared to last year. This is understandable: suppliers from unfriendly foreign countries have left, and new opportunities have opened up for domestic producers. For example, a lot of equipment for the production of pipes for water supply networks was presented. As Deputy Head of the Ministry of Construction Alexey Eresko noted at the exhibition, there are more than 900 thousand km of utility networks in Russia, and approximately 400 thousand of them need to be replaced.

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FRESH BREATH OF TREATMENT PLANTS

Particular attention was paid to units for wastewater treatment plants. According to Roshydromet, surface fresh water pollution was detected in 55 regions of the country last year. At the same time, the sections of rivers on the borders with Norway, Ukraine and Kazakhstan became the dirtiest.

Environmental protection work is also being carried out in Moscow. For example, the reconstruction of the Lyubertsy and Kuryanovsky treatment facilities has been completed.

In total, over 400 companies from 30 regions took part in the EquaTek exhibition, as well as foreign participants from Belarus, China, Turkey, Singapore and Taiwan. The exposition of neighboring WasteTech also turned out to be representative – over 70 companies from 15 regions of Russia, as well as enterprises from China and Turkey. They presented their advanced solutions in the field of collection, sorting, burial and processing of various types of waste, creation of waste-free production technologies, water treatment, collection and processing of scrap ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and others.

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“THE TASK IS TO PROVIDE THE DPR WITH DAILY WATER SUPPLY”

Utilities from new Russian regions showed particular attention to the exhibition. In the halls of Crocus Expo, KP journalists met the chief engineer of the State Unitary Enterprise “Water of Donbass” Sergei Mokry. He told how the region is establishing water supply in the context of hostilities.

“The main problem for us is to achieve a sustainable supply of quality water to the population,” said our interlocutor. “We came here to see what our and foreign enterprises can offer for our water supply system, which was thoroughly destroyed as a result of hostilities.

According to Sergei Mokroy, hydraulic structures and pipelines were damaged, and the main source of water supply was disabled.

“Our region received water from the Seversky Donets River through the Seversky Donets – Donbass canal, which was built in 1956,” continues Mokry. – As a result of the fighting, it was seriously damaged and cannot function; most of the canal is located in the combat contact zone.

Chief engineer of the State Unitary Enterprise

Chief engineer of the State Unitary Enterprise “Water of Donbass” Sergei Mokry.

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-Where do you get water from?

– From all surface sources that are in close access to the canal, so that water can be delivered to the canal and through it to the filtration station. The treatment facilities are in working order, although they have significant damage – they are located at a distance of 2-3 km from the fighting. Carrying out repair work is very difficult due to constant shelling. Repair work on the main pipelines that deliver water from filter stations to cities is also difficult. After all, many areas of Donetsk are under fire.

– Is there enough water?

– After all the destruction there was 21-23% of the need. Until recently, water was supplied for 3 hours every three days. Now, after repair work and partial commissioning of the Don-Donbass pipeline, another 30% has been added. Enormous work was carried out, including ensuring underground water intake in the village of Kipuchaya Krinitsa, and another 50 km of pipelines were laid to Donetsk. This gave additional volumes, and a month and a half ago we were able to switch to supply once every 2 days from 17 to 20 hours. It’s convenient, people come home from work and can get water. It is not guaranteed that it reaches every consumer due to the pressure, but it is certain that there is water on the lower floors, in basements or on the street in areas of private buildings. Now in test mode we are trying to supply water every day for 3-5 hours.

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– How is the water quality?

– We are provided with reagents, filter stations perform all technological cycles, constant monitoring is carried out, laboratories operate, we carry out water sampling, and we are in contact with sanitary services. But working in such a torn mode, when it is supplied and then turned off, leads to the fact that when starting up, the water initially has a ferruginous color and a characteristic metallic taste. It takes 5-10 minutes to drain the water before it looks normal. We take all measures for disinfection, but we still recommend boiling the water and carrying out additional disinfection – because the pipelines are located in a combat zone and ruptures release various particles from the ground.

– What do you expect from the exhibition?

– Most of our equipment is outdated or destroyed. So we are here for equipment that could actually be implemented. And what is also very important is that it would work remotely: it is necessary to eliminate risks for workers as much as possible. We are experiencing a catastrophic staff shortage and there has been an outflow of specialists. There are not enough pumping station operators, welders, and mechanics. Therefore, I would like to see what measures can be taken to modernize equipment so that one operator can service several objects.

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