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“This level of wastewater Treatment allows for high quality effluent to be drawn through the membranes for Water Reuse.”

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A Guide for Maintenance of Membrane Bioreactor Systems

By Sara Heger, Ph.D.  |  Online Exclusives   |  August 7, 2017

 

Membrane bioreactors need some extra care, so follow these steps for top-notch operation and maintenance service


Currently, there are two small-flow membrane bioreactors actively marketed for U.S. residential septic system applications: Bio-Microbics BioBarrier and the BUSSE GT system. These membrane bioreactors require yearly maintenance, and the operation and maintenance (O&M) is unique for each.

First, we will discuss the O&M of the BioBarrier membrane bioreactor. The BioBarrier was the first system for black water and graywater that was certified for water reuse (NSF/ANSI Standard 350, Class R). This membrane bioreactor is pre-engineered to fit into both new and existing tank configurations.

The flat sheet membranes and processes used in this advanced system act as an impenetrable physical barrier for pollutants found in wastewater. The BioBarrier uses ultrafiltration with microsized-pore sheets for separation of solids and contaminants from the wastewater.

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~ Sara Heger, http://septic.umn.edu/ssts-professionals

TECHNICAL SERVICE AID:
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The BioBarrier® Membrane BioReactor (MBR) is an alternative to both onsite (septic) systems and public sewer. It is important to make sure that service and maintenance are not burdensome to the customer. Because of the increased maintenance needed with the high quaternary ammonium content found in domestic wastewater, Bio-Microbics Illinois size the BioBarrier® module in increments of 250 gallons per day.

This provides long-term performance between the required maintenance servicing at a rate no greater than flow without the presence of quats.

In order to ensure Bio-Microbics Illinois has instituted the following sizing guidelines for the BioBarriers themselves and subsurface clean water dispersal, all new residential BioBarriers will be sized by the following Document: Click Here to Download PDF

Why the BioBarrier® MBR?

Removes virtually all pollutants and bacteria producing recycled water that is safe for human contact. This allows subsurface dispersal of the recycled water that is unique because the soil has no part in the treatment process.

With the BioBarrier MBR, the sizing of the dispersal area is based on engineering criteria for water movement through the soil plus a safety factor alone. This provides a real and permanent alternative to public sewer, unlike ANY soil based treatment system that will eventually clog because of soluble pollution being converted into solid sludge plugging the pores in the soil!

The sizing of utilizing decentralized MBR systems is usually a tiny fraction of that needed for conventional septic systems. Unlike “soil treatment‐based onsite systems” or “Soil Absorption Systems”, there is no need for expansion area for future dispersal because of failed trenches or mounds. Because we are loading the soil with clean water, the range of permeability is greatly expanded; allowing for subsurface dispersal in soils that are normally out of the range of most other types of onsite systems. A public sewer is no longer needed to build when using this permanent wastewater disposal system!

We truly feel that this is the future of water: Wastewater Treatment and Water Recycling!

The 2017 theme for World Water Day is ‘Wastewater’. The Bio-Microbics Team created a video of saying “Better Water. Better World.®” in several languages.

WORLD WATER DAY, held annually on 22 March, focuses attention on the importance of freshwater sources and advocating for the sustainable management of water resources. In 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), it was decided that an international day to celebrate “water” was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly designated the first World Water Day on March 22nd, 1993.

About Bio-Microbics, Inc.: Bio-Microbics, Scienco/FAST, and SeptiTech solve water, wastewater, and stormwater problems. As a global manufacturer of decentralized (land & marine) wastewater treatment systems to help ensure a clean environment and opportunities for water reuse, we work with a GLOBAL DISTRIBUTOR NETWORK in over 70 countries with more than 60,000 installations to provide solutions for residential, community, or commercial properties.

Better Water Management Systems for Architects, Builders & Property Owners, www.BioMicrobics.com, for a Better World

 Illinois is in the forefront of advanced Water/Wastewater Technology

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969984_640497492627172_1542663900_nIntroduced to the market to meet the new water recycling regulations with the BioBarrier® MBR, this system has solved many of the most challenging site conditions for Illinois homeowners and commercial property owners.During the Bio-Microbics “World Series of Water”

Distributor Conference held in May 2016 at the factory, Bio-Microbics Illinois Distributor, Kurt Bihler, was inspired for his dealers to hit a milestone, “The 100th BioBarrier® MBR sold in Illinois” and the prize would be the 100th unit itself. Mr. Bihler challenged his dealers to reach to goal prior to the end of the year. Not only did they meet the goal, they did it in less than 5 months!

This challenge represents an effort to adopt more advanced wastewater treatment systems to propel Illinois into the future with better water management systems. In recent months, presentations and educational material have been developed to help explain and formulate the failure rate of a soil-based wastewater treatment system (FYI, it is 14 years for a residential system and 1.3 years for a commercial property based on exact 300 GPD influent characteristics).

Since the adoption of the Illinois Regulations in September of 2015, our approval allowed the system to require only a fraction of the size of the drainfield needed; in most cases, the size is 1/6th to 1/10th the size of conventional Septic Systems. In addition, the discharge does not require additional disinfection prior to discharge to the ground surface while still meeting water quality standards.The immersed membrane technology utilized in the BioBarrier Systems allows for installation into a smaller footprint with both above or below ground tank options. Providing First-In-Class performance and often establishing the material, design, construction and performance requirements for onsite residential and commercial applications, the complete, optimized design of the BioBarrier MBR system dramatically simplifies the settling, screening, direct aeration and ultra-filtration of the wastewater treatment process to remove 99.9% of the contaminants.

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Carl’s Septic Service, Inc. of Lemont, Illinois, sold the 100th system! We spoke with Kevin Dominick, Carl’s Septic Service, on this auspicious occasion:

“The Team at Carl’s Septic Service is pleased to help reach this milestone for the State of Illinois,” says Kevin Dominick, Carl’s Septic Service. “We see a great opportunity to continue this momentum and keep Illinois at the forefront of bringing better water management systems to our customers.”

Besides being named a Top 3 Septic Tank Service in Naperville, IL by ThreeBestRated.com (https://threebestrated.com/septic-tank-services-in-naperville-il) based on customer reviews, history, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and their general excellence, Carl’s Septic Service, Inc. has served many Illinois counties since 1962. Other services include: Septic Tank Pumping, Septic Inspections, Septic Tanks & Systems, and Building/Sewer Contractors.

The 99 systems already installed in Illinois have met some of the most challenging site conditions from a YMCA with minimal land available to a home built on the side of a steep hill. To date, 2,243 BioBarrier MBRs have been shipped worldwide.

ABOUT Bio-Microbics Illinois: With more than 35 years’ experience distributing, installing, operating many variants of wastewater treatment processing units, BihlerTech Inc. is the Bio-Microbics Distributor for Illinois. We provide wastewater treatment plants for residential and commercial properties. Through an Illinois professional dealer network, BihlerTech provides onsite, pre-treatment systems and service of Bio-Microbics® FAST® aerobic wastewater treatment systems and the BioBarrier® membrane bioreactor (MBR) water recycling system. Bio-Microbics Illinois Distributor | Phone: 815-714-8505 | Fax: 866-366-5090 | www.biomicrobicsillinois.com

ABOUT Bio-Microbics, Inc.: As a leading manufacturer of Simple, Low-Cost, Robust wastewater (residential, commercial, & marine), graywater, water recycling, and stormwater treatment systems, Bio-Microbics ensures a clean environment and opportunities for water reuse…FITT® for the Purpose Intended. www.biomicrobics.com

PRINT-READY VERSION:  Illinois Steps Up to Stay in the Forefront of Water Technology

FEATURED SYSTEM: The NSF 350 certified Bio-Microbics® BioBarrier® MBR

 

  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks
  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks
  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks
  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks
  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks
  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks
  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks
  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks
  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks
  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks
  • BioBarrier® MBR installed in Infiltrator® Tanks

With the BioBarrier MBR, the sizing of the dispersal area is based on engineering criteria for water movement through the soil plus a safety factor alone.

  • Removes virtually all pollutants and bacteria producing recycled water that is safe for human contact.
  • Allows subsurface dispersal of the recycled water that is unique because the soil has no part in the treatment process.
  • Provides a real and permanent alternative to public sewer, unlike ANY soil based treatment system that will eventually clog because of soluble pollution being converted into solid sludge plugging the pores in the soil!
  • Sizing of utilizing decentralized MBR systems is usually a tiny fraction of that needed for conventional septic systems.
  • Unlike “soil treatment-based onsite systems” or “Soil Absorption Systems”, there is no need for expansion area for future dispersal because of failed trenches or mounds.

Because we are loading the soil with clean water, the range of permeability is greatly expanded; allowing for subsurface dispersal in soils that are normally out of the range of most other types of onsite systems.

You no longer need public sewer to build when using this permanent wastewater disposal system.

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