We need to purchase a wastewater treatment system, but aren’t all treatment plants the same?
That’s almost like asking if a Cooper Mini and a Ram 3500 are the same! Just as both are automobiles, so too all treatment plants are designed to treat domestic waste, but that is where any similarities stop. Treatment plants, like automobiles, can be generically designed and common for all normal domestic waste, or they can be purposely designed for specific types of waste or specific effluent requirements.
Okay, so they are designed to work differently. What are the main differences between a reUse MBR and other conventional type treatment plants?
While all systems rely heavily on a biological process to reduce the organics, such as Nitrogen and Phosphorous, a membrane acts as a physical barrier to reliably prevent solids and pathogens from leaving the system, thus eliminating the need for clarifiers, cloth filters, or other such separation processes.
Without the need for filters or clarifiers, everything about the design of the plant changes.
Smaller tankage is required. Smaller blowers are utilized. Significantly less land space is needed for the plant. Finally, the installation and construction labor is greatly reduced. It’s like getting all the power and performance of the Ram 3500 with the fuel efficiency and drivability of the Cooper Mini!
If they are so different from each other, what quality effluent can we expect from the reUse MBR?
The best effluent quality in the industry - reliably meeting Class A+ standards. Because the membrane acts as a physical barrier, you will consistently achieve TSS and BOD; numbers below 2 mg/l, and in most cases they will be non-detectable.
While Nitrogen, Phosphorous and other solubles are not filtered out by the membranes, their reduction is directly tied to a robust biological process, many times utilizing multiple anoxic/oxic processes to achieve complete degradation of organics.
You have me convinced. A reUse MBR is the best choice - but ONLY if it makes financial sense, right?!
Absolutely. And it does!! A reUse MBR is, in most cases, less expensive per gallon than a conventional plant, even though it is a vastly superior system. Why? As we mentioned above - less tankage, smaller blowers, less equipment and a significantly smaller footprint (reduced land costs). Let us show you! Ask us for a proposal and we will prove it is possible to deploy the very best system while saving money!!
We were told that MBRs typically have higher operating costs than other plants. Is that true?
Typically, when people speak of high operating costs, they are referring to one of two areas, electrical consumption or ancillary processes. While capital costs are always a consideration when choosing the right equipment, reUse strives to utilize the most efficient components available in all of our systems.
As for ancillary processes, reUse utilizes the most advanced membranes available, meaning fewer processes and lower operating costs versus our competitors. Just ask for details!
What if we have an existing system, but need to expand? What are our options?
In many cases, by utilizing the existing tankage, reUse can double the treatment of your existing conventional plant by adding a membrane tank along with the correlating equipment. While it may be less expensive to simply upgrade existing equipment to an MBR, it may also require the rental/lease of a temporary plant during the upgrade process.
What is considered standard quality for reUse MBR equipment?
All tankage is made of concrete, X-lined steel (100 mil lining), HDPE or Fiberglass.
All systems come with:
- 2mm Contec rotary drum screens to ensure longevity of the membranes;
- Air piping made of stainless steel or high-temp industrial hoses;
- VFD controlled tri-lobe blowers or screw blowers for efficiency;
- Progressive cavity pumps or Lobe pumps for permeate and recycling;
- The patented and exclusive MaxFlow membranes, with a life expectancy of 10-12 years;
- Full SCADA system with remote operational and monitoring capabilities; and,
- DO probes, MLSS sensors, Temperature sensors, and Turbidity sensors for fully automated operations.