Matt Wagland

last updated 4/23/2018

Matt Wagland

QLD State Manager at WestWater Enterprises Pty Ltd

Unit 5 16 - 18 Riverland Drive, Loganholme, Queensland, Australia

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"I think the whole industry will eventually move away from chlorine gas as the conversation around safety and environmental impact becomes more prevalent," says Matt Wagland, Managing Director of WestWater Enterprises.
"While safety is the biggest motivator, cost, transportation, and storage are all playing their part in the search for change too," he says. Taking it back to Emergency Shutdown Devices for a moment and in laymen's terms, ESD's are installed in chlorine gas plants to reduce the risk of a deadly chlorine gas leak. The automated systems continuously monitor the levels of gas in the air via a leak detector, and should a leak occur, the ESD's trigger an instant shutdown response and the plant is evacuated of all staff - keeping workers and the surrounding community safe. While the aim of all ESD's are the same, they are all not created equal and Wagland describes how the team at WestWater Enterprises are innovating these systems for a sharper and safer response. "The technique used in a standard shutdown system is a pneumatic, air operated valve but there are some limitations to this technique, basically because it means that you have to store and maintain a whole other energy system in the plant, one that can be faulty," says Wagland. "Our team have innovated an electric actuator which works with a specially designed DC motor and gearbox. It mounts on the top of the chlorine gas drum and uses battery power rather than compressed air," says Wagland. "Chlorine gas is used in most towns in Australia as it is currently the most reliable way to disinfect water, and the easiest, but the effects of chlorine gas to humans and the environment can be dire," says Wagland. "As far as I know, we are the only ones that have completed the whole process and are successfully running electrochlorination plants in Australia," says Wagland. Electrochlorination uses a brine solution to create the chlorine in a concealed environment. A large tank of salted water (brine) is passed through a DC cell, therefore removing hydrogen from the solution and leaving the chlorine solution that is then dosed into the water. Creating this chemical reaction onsite means that staff are only buying, transporting, handling, and storing a salt solution which is a lot safer than the highly toxic chlorine gas. "Another benefit to the electrochlorination treatment process, beyond the safety aspect which is of course the biggest motivator, is that it is a cheaper process," says Wagland.

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The WestWater Theory of Evolution - West Water

"We had project management, design, and engineering capabilities however an industry perception meant that we were often not provided opportunity to fulfil the total project requirements," says Matt Wagland, Technical Sales Manager.
"We therefore provided just the final manufacture and install of chlorination modules." The catalyst for growth was quite an obvious one as the team at WestWater found themselves, not only designing, building and installing plants for some customers, but also making design and engineering changes to the plans they were given based on achieving the results at ground level. "Because our team has the history of manufacturing equipment and are the ones actually working on site, we can instantly see the faults and/or limitations of a design ... we are the ones going to site two years later to pull the pump out and if the design hasn't left enough spacing, for example, then performing a simple task could turn into a headache for these maintenance tradesmen or even mean a rebuild or shutdown of equipment. We know these finer details and can add the correct spacing etc. to the design from the start," explains Wagland. The benefit of having these two areas of the project work side-by-side - design and engineering with the manufacturing and installation - are clearly evident and the place where WestWater began to make their evolution towards complete systems... "We started with the move into controls and PLC (programmable logic controller) programming to support the instrumentations and electricians we had. This came about with a new full-time controls engineer," says Wagland. "The current staff expansion essentially means that we can take on larger projects with more efficiency and collaboration," says Wagland. "The new office space is very open, from tendering to design to manufacture, meaning that everyone is working together and is continually across each stage of the project," says Wagland. "The new service centre is also a great addition as it allows for a dedicated space to maintain and test the equipment that we sell," he says. In the last two years, the expansion of WestWater has positioned them alongside larger water treatment companies in Australia. "To complement our move into larger projects, the business has just been accredited with AS/NZS 4801:2001 for safety and ISO 14001:2015 for environmental standards," says Wagland.

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