Aquapolo Ambiental S.A.

Installation overview


São Paulo, Brazil

Commissioned / installed date:


Technology configuration used:

Hollow fibre

MBR technology / membrane product used:

Koch Membrane Systems (PURON™)

Scale of installation:

Large-scale municipal

Capacity range MLD:


56 MLD. Reaching capacity of 86 MLD.

About Aquapolo Ambiental S.A.

The need for advanced wastewater treatment and reuse is increasing in all parts of the world as the limited supply of freshwater is being rapidly depleted. This is especially true in the São Paulo region of Brazil, where there is a growing demand for high quality water for industrial processing as well as for clean drinking water.

The Aquapolo Ambiental water reuse venture was created to address new regulations to restrict industrial use of potable water in São Paulo. Aquapolo is the largest wastewater reuse project in the Southern Hemisphere, and the fifth largest of its kind in the world. Upon completion, this groundbreaking facility will free up enough drinking water to continuously supply a population of 350,000 inhabitants, with the potential capacity to reach 600,000.

Membrane bioreactor design has been identified as the most cost-effective solution to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant to meet São Paulo’s pressing demand for industrial reuse wastewater. The new Aquapolo facility will employ Koch Membrane Systems’ (KMS) PURON™ MBR technology as well as MegaMagnum® reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.

Construction started in April 2010; the water treatment portion of the project is following an aggressive schedule for start-up in November 2011.

For more information, read our feature Focus on Aquapolo Ambiental S.A., São Paulo, Brazil.

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