Sustainability Story

Past, Present, and Future

Sustainability is a part of every decision we make at WaterSurplus. More than 30 years ago, at its founding, John Barelli rooted this company in the concept of recycling and redeploying idle or discarded water treatment assets. We are proud to say that this business model has proven that a focus on sustainability and reuse can be successful and profitable in the water treatment industry. The innovative technologies that we are researching and developing in our facilities today ensure that the impact of that focus will continue to grow for generations to come.

From exporting recycled surplus assets to the farthest corners of the globe where it’s needed most, to optimizing water treatment plants right here in the midwest, WaterSurplus has stayed true to our model of sustainability by emphasizing three things: fostering a team of seasoned subject matter experts, investing in cutting edge research and development, and delivering innovative water treatment solutions globally.

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Our Approach

Sustainability at WaterSurplus is not only beneficial to our environmental and social stakeholders but also drives economic growth for our shareholders. Our patented membrane and RO system technologies, innovative techniques, and everyday business decisions increasingly address the sustainability needs of these diverse stakeholders.

Below are some highlights of our sustainability efforts to date ranging from solid waste to whole system footprint savings.

“Sustainability and innovation are the cornerstones of our corporate identity and strategic vision at WaterSurplus. Rooted in investment recovery, WaterSurplus continues to push the limits of sustainability through rigorously developing, testing, and optimizing our new bio-inspired nanotechnology, NanoStack, as well as our high efficiency and high recovery ImpactRO. These technologies have the disruptive capability to foster a sustainable global water treatment community for years to come”

– John Barelli, President and Founder
Reduced Footprint

Reduce System Footprint

Bringing to market catalytic media filtration systems (OxiPlus line of media) which effectively remove iron and manganese using a footprint that is less than half of a traditional treatment system.

Reduced Chemical

Reduce Chemical Consumption

Decreasing the volume of antiscalant chemicals required to operate an RO system effectively with our ImpactRO and NanoStack coating.

Improve Water Recovery

Improve Water Recovery

Developing the patented operational techniques of ImpactRO to reduce the amount of water sent to drain.

Waste Reduction

Reduce Waste

Redirecting water treatment equipment, RO membranes, and ion exchange resin headed for landfills with our Sell to Us programs.

Improve Treatment Efficiency

Improve Treatment Efficiency

Advancing RO membrane technology with our patented NanoStack coating to reduce system-wide energy consumption.

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LED-ing the Way

Reducing our own energy consumption by completing a company-wide LED lighting upgrade.

Minimize Membrane Waste

Minimize Membrane Waste

Implementing novel approaches to increasing the lifespan and reducing the operational costs of RO membranes with our Membrane Buyback Program.

Giving Back

Giving Back

Supporting global NGOs, like EOS International, to provide potable water for water-scarce communities.

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The WaterSurplus Philosophy

The recruiting of subject-matter experts to the ranks of WaterSurplus has driven our careful expansion over the decades and remains our key to success in the future. While satisfied customers frequently ask us to help them address ever more complex water treatment needs, we only proceed when we have the human capital in place and ready to go. Our collaborative and innovative business model only works because of the commitment of our team to find or develop optimal solutions to our customer’s needs.

Our Team

Customers tell us that the reason they keep coming back is that we deliver superior value with every project. From innovative treatment solutions to brand-agnostic supply recommendations and investment recovery, our subject-matter experts listen to the needs of our customers, probe for information that will help them make the strongest possible recommendation, and then trust our customers to make the right decision for their needs. With access to the top brands in the world, our own innovative solutions, and the widest selection of top-quality surplus equipment, our customers know that we will help them find the very best solution.


Advancing sustainability has been a core part of our philosophy at WaterSurplus since the beginning. Be that by pushing the boundaries of water recovery in reverse osmosis, developing systems that require significantly fewer antiscalant chemicals, recycling and/or refurbishing equipment, membrane elements, and resin, or licensing catalytic filtration media that require half the footprint of a traditional media system. Our expert team is continually seeking (and finding) value for our stakeholders while pursuing more sustainable processes.