Community Wastewater (& Water Reuse) Treatment System

by BioMicrobics, Inc.

With a greater need to raise awareness for better sanitation, water reuse, and storm water solutions, Bio-Microbics offers simple, low-cost, robust treatment technologies that offer opportunities for water reuse on site. Decentralized Wastewater Systems are pre-designed systems used for collectio

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Product Name
Community Wastewater (& Water Reuse) Treatment System
BioMicrobics, Inc.
United States

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Renewable energy systems
Rainwater Collection

With a greater need to raise awareness for better sanitation, water reuse, and storm water solutions, Bio-Microbics offers simple, low-cost, robust treatment technologies that offer opportunities for water reuse on site. Decentralized Wastewater Systems are pre-designed systems used for collection, treatment, and dispersal/reuse of wastewater at or near the point (onsite) of waste generation (See the Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment (CIDWT) website Glossary for further information). Often thought of as small flow systems for use mainly on rural homes, larger decentralized wastewater systems are ideal for clustered subdivisions (neighborhoods), isolated communities (villages), commercial properties (restaurants/resorts), industrial facilities, institutional facilities (Hospitals), and marine vessels/offshore platforms are included among the types of treatment practices utilized.

These “alternative wastewater disposal systems” reduce groundwater pollution by decomposing organic wastes or removing nutrients more effectively. With conventional, “decentralized” septic systems, only 10%-40% of treatment actually occurs in the tank. Whereas, advanced wastewater treatment systems, such as our FAST® systems, does 90%-95% of the treatment before discharging to the environment. The natural treatment process of these advanced systems use a fixed, integrated approach to physically and naturally reduce pollutants found in water flows and ideal for Groundwater Recharge Projects. Therefore, close proximity to ground water source is not a problem for these systems.

Decentralized wastewater treatment technologies, such as the MicroFAST® Systems, use simple, low-cost, and robust technology to solve a gamut of onsite wastewater treatment issues. MicroFAST® Wastewater Treatment Systems (500 ‐ 9,000+ GPD) are recommended for individual, small community, and commercial applications. With a small footprint, the MicroFAST® system is integrated into a standard septic tank and does not require additional space. Alternate modes of operation include recirculation of nitrified wastewater to the primary settling chamber for denitrification and (with the SFR® feature) intermittent operation of the blower to reduce electricity usage up to 45% and improved nitrogen performance (in specific situations). The MicroFAST® offers alternate, advanced treatment with higher levels of nitrogen removal to provide better onsite wastewater treatment for new construction or retrofits to existing systems. The effluent meets secondary quality requirements and can be distributed to soil treatment system or water reuse applications.

With decades of water and wastewater experience, Bio-Microbics specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and supply of innovative, adaptive water management solutions providing aeration and mixing, biological processes, filtration, membrane systems, and control systems. Our small, biological wastewater treatment plants and technologies meet stringent effluent requirements. Ideal for subsurface drip systems for onsite wastewater reuse and disposal, our solutions range from on-site pretreatment, influent primary and pretreatment, systems for nutrient removal, and water reuse/recycle, plus biosolids treatment and sludge digestion that enable cost-effective treatment with less maintenance, and a smaller footprint than most other biological process treatment systems on the market today.

Most Green-Building Certifications and Programs identify sustainable building materials, energy-efficient appliances, and emphasize lower water consumption through fixtures and habits. That’s good, especially in today’s climate; however, there is less guidance for Recycled wastewater / reclaimed water use systems. Low-flow fixtures on the front end use less water – and SEEM sustainable. However, they put a higher concentration of wastewater out of the system on the back end to be dealt with further down the pipe.

As Paul Brown, AICP, CDM Smith Executive Vice President, in his closing thoughts at the 2012 World Water Congress pointed out, we need " redefine our vision beyond the boundaries of conventional piped infrastructure - [to include?] small/micro-scale decentralized the possibilities of reaching underserved communities..."

A better water management system would be to not build out a centralized sewer infrastructure, but to incorporate Innovative Wastewater Technologies (see LEED®-NC and LEED®-ND WE:Credit 2) to conserve potable water sources by allowing 50% to 100% of the treated effluent to be recycled onsite (i.e. irrigation, backflow for toilets, sprinkler systems) to reduce the dependence on potable water sources with lower energy costs. As reuse/reclaimed water technologies increase in popularity, so too do the market forces encouraging them and defining the approval processes for them.

Listed in the GreenSpec directory of green building products: • CSI Section 22 13 00 Sanitary Sewerage, Facilities • CSI Section 33 30 00 Sanitary Sewerage, Utilities Bio-Microbics FAST® wastewater treatment systems for a wide range of applications. conforms to the GreenSpec® guidelines for energy-efficiency.

About Bio-Microbics, Inc.: With more than 45,000 installations in over 60 countries, Bio-Microbics pre-engineered, pre-packaged, certified, “Fixed Integrated Treatment Technologies” (FITT®) are the result of decades of real world operating history and proven results of decentralized wastewater treatment that offer significant environmental benefits for homes, communities, commercial properties, and marine vessels…FITT® for the Purpose Intended.

The Bio-Microbics Team encapsulates a staff of engineers, chemists, biologists, drafters, technical engineers, registered sanitarians, and wastewater field experts. Our broad range of experience and education with the latest technology and process innovation maximizes value to our distributors and their clients. While we exercise our innovative and creative abilities, we support our growing network of distributors, whose invaluable knowledge and talent fuels our success on the local level.

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