VRTX Technologies, a water treatment company that provides chemical-free treatment for cooling towers and evaporative condensers, was awarded the first-ever Going Green Award in the innovation category from theSan Antonio Business Journal.

VRTX is one of 16 companies located in San Antonio recognized by the publication for its green efforts. The Schertz, Texas-based water treatment company was recognized its ability to conserve more than one billion gallons of water every year and eliminate potentially harmful chemicals in cooling towers and evaporative condensers in more than 500 worldwide installations.

The newspaper established the Going Green Awards in 2009 to spotlight San Antonio’s leading eco-friendly companies. Categories included public and private sector, entrepreneur, innovation, educational program, commercial builder and retail. CPS Energy, Sea World of San Antonio and San Antonio Water Systems were named winners in other categories. The awards will be presented during a luncheon on October 22.

"It is an honor for VRTX to be recognized by theSan Antonio Business Journalas a leader in green technology in San Antonio," says David Nicholas, VRTX’s CEO. "We hope this award will encourage more sustainable practices in cooling towers in the area."