Wastewater Resources Inc. (WRI)

Wastewater Resources Inc. (WRI)

Wastewater Resources Inc. (WRI) is an original equipment manufacture of wastewater reclamation and advanced treatment systems. Since its inception in 1988, WRI has advocated the continuous reclamation, treatment, and reuse of treated wastewaters to create sustainable water supplies. All of our installed advanced water purification (AWP) plants reclaim, clean, and recycle or reuse millions of gallons of treated wastewater daily, saving clients millions of dollars each year while minimizing discharge into the environment. Each water application represents a global water market where people and businesses consume significant amounts of water and, in turn, produce significant amounts of wastewater - at a substantial cost to people and businesses - and the environment.

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9318 N. 95th Way, Suite 102 , Scottsdale, , Arizona 85258 USA
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Water Treatment
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Wastewater Resources Inc. (WRI) is an original equipment manufacturer of advanced water purification plants for industrial, municipal, and marine water applications.

Each water application represents a global water market where people and businesses consume significant amounts of water and, in turn, produce significant amounts of wastewater - at a substantial cost to people and businesses - and the environment.

Since 1988, WRI has advocated the continual reclamation, advanced treatment and reuse of treated wastewater to create renewable water supplies for its clients.

Since then, our patented and proprietary advanced water purification (AWP) plants have reclaimed, cleaned, and recycled millions of gallons of treated wastewater daily.

By continuously recycling or reusing treated wastewater, our clients save millions of dollars each year while minimizing freshwater use and discharge into the environment.

WRI has become a valuable business resource to its clients, enabling them to:

  • Comply with environmental regulations
  • Reduce production costs
  • Protect human and corporate assets
  • Maximize their return on investment

Wastewater Resources specializes in reclaiming, cleaning and recycling/reusing treated wastewaters in three global markets:

  • Industrial
  • Municipal
  • Marine.

Our expertise begins by helping clients develop a water management plan to better manage:

  • Influents
  • Consumption
  • Effluents
  • Reclamation
  • Treatment
  • Recycling or reuse
  • Discharge.

Because of the number of critical variables in each water use environment, our designs are customized to achieve the client's objectives.

Whether clients are drilling natural gas wells, upgrading wastewater treatment plants, or purchasing marine sanitation devices, our design priorities are to use the minimum amount of feedwater as possible and discharge the minimum amount of wastewater possible.

Therefore, our approach to designing advanced water purification plants is to continuously:

  • Minimize freshwater consumption
  • Maximize wastewater recovery
  • Maximize treatment efficiency
  • Maximize recycling and reuse
  • Minimize environmental discharge
  • Maximize automated system control.


WRI has commercialized twelve advanced water purification (AWP) plants for terrestrial applications and two for marine applications, making WRI one of the most innovative firms in the Water Industry.

Its first line of patented products, AquaTex 360, 720, and Ultra, were designed to reclaim, treat and recycle laundry graywater.

Beginning in 1989, WRI sold this family of laundry graywater products to hotels, resorts, hospitals and commercial laundries. Today, WRI has installed over 50 laundry graywater systems - reclaiming, cleaning, and recycling millions of gallons of water daily.

In the late 1990's, AquaTex™ CT was engineered and patented as reclamation and advanced oxidation technology to treat and recycle cooling tower water.

As demand and technology evolved, WRI began designing AWP plants using advanced membrane, ultraviolet, and batch reactor devices, allowing the company to expand into the industrial process market in the 2000's, and most recently, the marine wastewater market in 2007.

Today, clients include Four Seasons, Westin, Mission Industries, Crothall, Alcoa, General Dynamics, the US Navy and Army, Royal Caribbean, and dozens more notable companies. Sales to six clients in Australia are also under negotiation.

Current R&D efforts focus on commercializing a creative biofuel cell technology with the J. Craig Venter Institute in San Diego, CA.

Wastewater Resources Inc. was founded in 1988 by Randall J. Jones. One of Randall's early projects was to develop nanofiltration membrane technology for the purification of brackish waters commonly found in the Western United States. Pilot work was performed over two years with the University of Arizona's Water Resources Center and funded by the John F. Long Foundation. The University's Water Resources Center and Department of Arid Lands are world renowned for their research of water solutions and technologies for desert environments.

WRI developed a working model of the nanofiltration membrane technology along with the University. The successful delivery of an advanced membrane solution to the University served as the basis of several early projects at WRI to recover potable water from wastewater.

While working with the University, WRI designed an advanced water purification plant for commercial application. In response to market demand, work began on a water purification plant for cooling tower blowdown water. In 1991, WRI patented a Wastewater Purification System (US Patent 4,981,594) that continually reclaimed, filtered and disinfected blowdown water through the use of nanofiltration and advanced oxidation, reducing water discharge by more than 80%.

In late 1994, WRI was selected by Black & Veatch and the City of Scottsdale to design and manufacture a turnkey Advanced Water Treatment Pilot Complex for Scottsdale.
The Pilot Complex, completed in 1995, was the primary pilot system for the City's 14-million gallon per day facility constructed in North Scottsdale in 1997. The 75,000-gallon per day Pilot Complex remains operational at the Gainey Ranch water treatment center in Scottsdale.

In Early 2000, Randall and his team began work on developing a laundry graywater recovery and treatment plant. In 2001, WRI patented a Laundry Wash-Cycle Water Recovery System (US Patent 6,195,825) that used tubular filtration, advanced oxidation, UV, and nanofiltration to treat recovered laundry graywater, ultimately heated and recycled back into the wash cycle. This patent was the cornerstone technology for AquaTex™ 360, 720 and Ultra, the most successful and prolific laundry graywater treatment plants in the industry.

In 2005, Randall transferred technology to Navalis Environmental Systems, LLC, laying the groundwork for the first application of membrane water treatment technologies to marine wastewater. In 2009, Navalis patented a Dual-train Wastewater Reclamation and Treatment System (US Patent 7,534,357), leading to the development of the Poseidon® and Orion® product lines of marine sanitation devices. Poseidon® and Orion® are now Coast Guard Certified and have produced effluents that exceed the US Alaska Cruise Ship Standards.

Since its inception, Wastewater Resources has been guided by its founder and president, Randall J. Jones. Since 1988, Randall has been the creative force behind the company's successful lines of advanced water purification plants. Through his vision, the company has captured market share by leading the treatment and automation technology curves. WRI now offers fourteen leading-edge automated water purification plants in the industrial process water, municipal water and wastewater, and marine wastewater markets.

Steve DePoli, AScT, serves as Senior Project Engineer at WRI. Drawing upon more than twenty year of engineering experience, Steve brings extensive expertise in the design of marine environmental systems. Steve has worked extensively on the development, design, fabrication, and project management of advanced wastewater purification systems for cruise ships and inter-coastal ferries. In addition, Steve also brings a strong client liaison ability, especially as it relates to problem solving, troubleshooting, and onboard systems refinement.