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Isratech Water Works launched

Published:Friday | January 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Representatives of respective companies examine the new manhole by Isratech Jamaica Limited. - PHOTO BY DAVE LINDO

Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer

KENDAL, Manchester:

ISRATECH JAMAICA Limited on Tuesday launched its new company Isratech Water Works, boasting some new innovations and equipment in water systems.

They are expected to cost consumers less and be more efficient and longer lasting. In some cases, they are implemented by another new innovation, high-density polyethylene pipes (HDPE).

Isratech originated in Israel and operates two other companies in Jamaica, Jamaica Drip Irrigation Company and Isratech Energy Solutions.

"We have been looking at new ways to collect water waste, especially from new housing developments," Dovi Ayalon, vice-president of Jamaica Drip Irrigation told The Gleaner at a seminar which was held at the company's Kendal, Manchester plant. Ayalon said the company has implemented new waste-collection systems so far in new housing developments in Trelawny and in St Catherine.

"We lead the sewage to a septic tank and run it through a reed bed lined with geomembrane liner (made by Isratech). We then fill it with special sized stones and plant some special plants which evaporate the water. The result is that you have very little water running out, which has been tested by laboratory, so it's safe, environmentally; no problem," Ayalon told The Gleaner.

Isratech Water Works has also implemented new waste-extraction systems at J.Wray and Nephew Ltd's plants in Appleton, St Elizabeth and New Yarmouth in Clarendon.

The company also manufactures HDPE in Jamaica. "It's cheaper; they carry higher PSI (pressure per square inch)," Ayalon said. "They are plastic, so they are more flexible and longer lasting compared to PVC pipes."

The HDPE pipes are also reputed to be corrosion, chemical and abrasion resistant. They are used for water distribution, irrigation, sewage under pressure, transportation of gases, electrical installation and industrial applications.

The new Isratech Water Works line also includes gully traps, a basin in-ground with water seals to prevent foul odours from the sewer reaching the surface and penetrating the house. They also have septic tanks and manholes made from HDPE materials.