What is “Integrated Water Management?
Sustainable infrastructure is ranked high on most city-wide “priority projects” list, which includes better methods of dealing with sanitation and more efficient water management.
Make “integrated water management” the foundation of regional economic development
“Integrated water management” approaches can often deliver overall cost savings and water efficiencies
Using “integrated water management” approaches provide beneficial environmental outcomes for water replenishment
2017 EPA “Decentralized Wastewater Management” memorandum of understanding (MOU) reaffirms all previous commitments: “…Through EPA’s “Response to Congress on the Use of Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems” in 1997, EPA concluded that decentralized systems are an integral component of our nation’s wastewater infrastructure and can protect public health and water quality if they are properly planned, sited, designed, installed and maintained.”
In rural areas, this setup can provide ready access to clean water, protect the environment, public health and increase water quality for efficient service delivery of utilities that make a significant contribution to the environment and wellbeing of communities. A solution is constructing decentralized wastewater treatment plants in affected communities. Providing water management is key to sustainable development and stability in drought-prone areas. Unlike city wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), where miles of pipes and multiple pump stations are constructed, installed and maintained, a decentralized scenario offers more flexibility and less disrupting/aging infrastructure. Not only addressing the sanitation issues of each property, but also treating and recycling stormwater and greywater onsite. Decentralized water technologies can replenish local aquifers with safely treated water. The raw “waste” water is treated directly where it is produced on the property – instead of being confined, accumulating in the sewer system then thrown away in to open waterways.
Due to their relatively small size and low carbon footprints, the decentralized, integrated water reduces conventional pollutants, nutrients, and emerging contaminants to provide reliable wastewater treatment. Another bonus is that each site can be tailor-made to suit local climatic conditions, aesthetic requirements, water quality demands, and intended use of the water. The comparative advantages of decentralized, integrated water technologies help project managers, property owners, and green-building seeking goals take advantage of the products and systems available at Bio-Microbics to help achieve Water Efficiencies and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – namely SDG #6.
Water security in particular is a main focus for SDG6. As drought-prone and scarce water issues affect more and more countries every year, Countries need to implement effective long-term and comprehensive sustainable water management practices with increased cooperation among other countries. Investments in water can be conducive to stability by addressing short-term livelihood needs and long-term sustainability challenges.. The goal of promoting sustainable, effective and equitable water management in fragile situations – a goal that can contribute to peace, prosperity and stability.
Conventional, centralized wastewater treatment is expensive for small communities: Plant operation, pumping, and sewer line infrastructure maintenance and expansion costs all pose challenges. Cheaper alternatives that meet strict governmental health regulations and protect the water supply are in demand. Unlike these conventional, Public Utility, WWTP are often fabricated together piece by piece from various manufacturers’ components, resulting in compatibility issues or complex machines and procedures that operators need additional training to maintain.
The technology is engineered to provide maximal treatment capacity—sometimes exceeding local regulations—and be easy to operate. Whether high-end or low income housing, decentralized, fully integrated, pre-engineered systems offer multi-family systems that can be easily scale up and install in small municipalities, villages, communities, apartment buildings, subdivisions, and residential clusters. A Responsible Management Entity (RME) can be better equipped to afford these integrated water management solutions to communities by entering into agreements with nearby public utilities or local cooperatives to create public private partnerships to provide management for the use of decentralized wastewater technologies. Cost-effective, energy-efficient, modular systems are easy to deploy and adapt to a specific community’s needs.
Commitment to Innovation
“Bio-Microbics specializes in innovative and broad-reaching solutions to wastewater and stormwater management problems. Beyond that, the business has built a reputation for providing products that meet the highest worldwide performance and safety standards for treatment of water, wastewater and rainwater. The company serves clients at land and at sea, with a niche in building durable products and systems that are both efficient and easy to maintain.” – 2014 Editor’s Choice winner for the “Best of Greenbuild” by US Builders Review.
Recognizing that globally, the regulations for water quality issues become more stringent each year. And, the trend is expected to continue. The need for smarter solutions proven process and long performance history and energy efficient living as a key driver for the development of smart cities, which will be measured on the level of intelligence and integration of infrastructure that connects people to their water source. Bio-Microbics water, wastewater, greywater and stormwater technologies allow on-site water treatment and recycling to reuse and enable property owner to more effectively manage their water.
These products help transform the industry by conserving water, reducing pollution, and fundamentally changing how we, as a whole, approach water management in building systems. Rural-urban linkages hold great potential, too. Sustainable food, energy and water systems are predominantly delivered from rural areas to towns and cities.
Centralized Sewering…Extensive & Expensive! Think Smaller
Integrated Water Management uses Decentralized Technologies in a Centralized Sewer scheme to maximize treatment quality, offer onsite water reuse opportunities and minimize maintenance, operation, and overall costs! Integrated water management planning should be multidisciplinary, with the multi-objective model at its core. While wastewater systems in large cities are often effective, they are also very expensive to construct and costly to maintain and operate. This is still better than the situation in smaller cities. There, you frequently find badly adapted systems that lack the necessary staff to perform the needed maintenance and operation. In Latin American countries, those living in small and medium-sized cities have, at most, onsite treatment, in the form of septic tanks that lack regular and proper maintenance.
Integrated Water Management uses Decentralized Technologies in a Centralized Sewer scheme to maximize treatment quality, offer onsite water reuse opportunities and minimize maintenance, operation, and overall costs! Integrated water management planning should be multidisciplinary, with the multi-objective model at its core.
Waste water is rich in carbon and nutrients and – if collected and treated properly – it could provide new water, fertilizer, and energy. A number of nations and major cities have already built sophisticated waste water treatment plants that effectively recover nutrients and bioenergy, and produce “new water” that can be reused. But more than 80% of all wastewater still currently flows into natural ecosystems, polluting the environment and taking valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials with it.
Partnerships provide opportunities to collaborate on compliance solutions and operations and maintenance activities and to share costs with other nearby systems. Urban stormwater management and water reuse systems for green infrastructure capabilities provide property owners with cost-effective infrastructure solutions. This increases water conservation capacity and enables systems to provide safe and affordable water management for commercial properties and small to medium sized communities.
Whether managing the complexities of new supply chains, investing in Integrated Water Management and sustainable, “smart city” infrastructure or collaborating to improve dialogue with city governments and inhabitants, capturing these huge opportunities for businesses will require them to be more open, innovative and more flexible and collaborative. 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 2017 World Water Congress pointed out, we need “..to redefine our vision beyond the boundaries of conventional piped infrastructure – [to include] small/micro-scale decentralized technologies…open 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.
USGBC® LEED®: Focused on the LEED principles of sustainable sites and water efficiency, clients of our Distributors want technology that promotes best management practices (BMPs) and provides water conservation and efficiency in landscaping and reuse. Additionally, the implementation of Low Impact Development (LID) practices for stormwater and water management projects are equally important with the sustainable principle of valuing water on a site and seeking opportunities for sites to mimic more natural hydrologic conditions through surface runoff volume reductions.
Water Reuse is a BETTER way to solve the following “Water issues”:
- Increasing water and sewer fees
- Lack of treatment from centralized WWTP (pollution)
- Updating aging infrastructure into “Smart” infrastructure
- Adopting Sustainable Architecture components
- Growing demand for increased resiliency
- Green-building Programs and initiatives
- Changes in Regulatory requirements
With many benefits of onsite treatment, a BioBarrier® MBR, BioBarrier® HSMBR®, and/or FAST® Treatment System treats wastewater to higher standards over conventional methods. After tertiary treatment, water from a BioBarrier® MBR, BioBarrier® HSMBR®, and/or FAST® Treatment System can be reused for water reuse opportunities:
- Provide drip irrigation for landscaping, gardens, green walls, etc.
- Provide (non-contact with edible portions) irrigation of small-scale agriculture and/or vegetable gardens.
- Toilet flushing water
- For larger Commercial Properties: Use reclaimed water for cooling in thermal power generation.
- For larger Commercial Properties: Process water for power or various production or manufacturing processes.
- Use as “cleaning” water for machine wash down or other non-potable use.
Bio-Microbics’ systems are a scalable, efficient solution to significantly lower the cost of wastewater pretreatment, which enables our customers, regardless of their size, to gain a rapid return on their investment. As consumer demand continues to grow for incorporating sustainable water reuse solutions, Bio-Microbics will respond by providing a number of treatment technologies that assist in completing the project on budget and to the satisfaction of the owners and local regulations.
Bio-Microbics Receives “2017 North American Integrated Water Treatment Technology Leadership” Award
Frost & Sullivan awards Bio-Microbics on the basis of overcoming industry challenges and leveraging business impact with a commitment to innovation, creativity, and technology incubation.
Bob Rebori, Bio-Microbics President, receives award from Frost & Sullivan Awards Gala.
Shawnee, KANSAS: Bio-Microbics is pleased to receive the 2017 North American Integrated Water Treatment Technology Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan.
Bio-Microbics has achieved this distinction through its commitment to improving water treatment for the sustainable development of rural properties and communities. The Bio-Microbics team applies its expertise and insight to drive sustainable, integrated water resource management with not only products and policies, but to assist with planning and technical know-how to ensure proper sizing, installation, and maintenance are performed.
“We are proud to present Bio-Microbics with this year’s Award for best practices in Technology Leadership in the integrated water treatment technology industry,” said David Frigstad, Chairman, Frost & Sullivan. “To exhibit leadership in technology is never an easy task, but it is one made even more difficult considering today’s competitive intensity, customer volatility, and economic uncertainty-not to mention the difficulty of innovating in an environment of escalating challenges to intellectual property. Within this context, your receipt of this Award signifies an even greater accomplishment.”
Headquartered in Shawnee, Kansas, Bio-Microbics’ commitment to society is reflected in its compact, easy to deploy, and sustainable solutions that exceed performance, security, quality, and safety standards for treatment of water, wastewater, stormwater, greywater, and marine sewage. The company has revolutionized the water treatment industry with its alternatives to the ineffective conventional septic systems of municipal sewage treatment plants. Through its subsidiary companies Scienco/FAST and SeptiTech, Bio-Microbics’ systems provide numerous advantages over traditional sewer lines. These include the return of treated water to communities or industrial plants, water supply reliability, ecosystem welfare, ground water management optimization, and water quality enhancement.
“This award proves our commitment to innovation and provides instant credibility for Bio-Microbics as we compete with many companies in over 70 countries to support nearly 3,000 water-related projects a year,” said Robert J. Rebori, President of Bio-Microbics, Inc. “It validates the hard work of our employees, as Bio-Microbics overcomes industry challenges to create simple, low-cost, robust water treatment solutions that are normally complex. Thank you!”
Bio-Microbics (https://www.biomicrobics.com) products are an ideal “integrated water strategy” for the rural/urban environment. Tested and certified by many National and International Certification programs, the products allow long-term operational performance with easy and low-cost maintenance to deal with sewage (blackwater), greywater, and stormwater runoff. With water supplies increasingly strained, communities are looking for new ways to develop and manage local water resources. One of the most exciting paradigm shifts in sustainable water management is the integration of smaller, decentralized onsite systems that treat and reuse water within buildings.
Water Reuse is no longer “Optional”…it’s essential
Water Reuse is No Longer “Optional,” It’s Essential.
Bio-Microbics supports sustainable construction with the environmental benefits of water reuse.
“The new Decade will focus on the sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives and on the implementation and promotion of related programmes and projects, as well as on the furtherance of cooperation and partnership at all levels in order to help to achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
– International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018–2028, Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 21 December 2016
With these challenges and innovative measures, Bio-Microbics can help identify effective solutions with our sustainable, water resource recovery solutions. Our commitment is to build a “better world” by advancing “better water” treatment technologies. Bio-Microbics products are an integrated water strategy for the rural/urban environment. Tested and certified by many third-party certification programs and real-world field service history, they prove our long-term operational performance capabilities for wastewater treatment.
We recommend BioBarrier® Membrane BioReactors (MBRs) technologies tackle water reuse and purification by recycling and reusing treated wastewater, communities and industries can save on the costs of clean water, ensure adequate supplies and help to preserve a diminishing natural resource.
SIMPLE | LOW-COST | ROBUST
Towards sustainability, from adaptive reuse to new construction, environmentally-conscious property owners are looking for ways to offset the limited supply and rising cost of potable water resources.
Certified Water (blackwater/greywater) Recycling technologies that combat drought-ridden and water scarce-prone areas. Bio-Microbics focuses on providing advanced, wastewater treatment systems that are design efficient and support sustainable construction goals for resilient homes or long-term performance of buildings. Using Fixed Integrated Treatment Technologies (FITT™), Bio-Microbics FAST® and BioBarrier® systems have proven themselves to meet the rigorous demands of the most challenging projects. Our products deliver consistently high performance in a simple, pre-engineered, modular design for easy shipment around the globe:
- Water efficient landscaping
- Onsite Water reuse
- Innovative wastewater technologies
- Environmentally-friendly construction practices
- Erosion and sedimentation control
- Stormwater management
- Energy reduction and optimization
- Existing Building Improvements
- Operations and maintenance optimization
- Construction waste reduction
- Local and regional materials
- Rapidly renewable materials use
- Reducing and Recycling Waste
Promoting our Fixed Integrated Treatment Technologies (FITT™) to provide economical and effective solutions for homes (MicroFAST® & BioBarrier® 0.5-1.5: NSF/ANSI Standard 40 class 1, NSF/ANSI Standard 245 – Nitrogen Reduction, and BioBarrier® 0.5-1.5: NSF/ANSI Standard 350 class R – Water Reuse certified), multi-family / small communities, and commercial (high strength wastewater) properties.
NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) verifies that all design and performance requirements of the standard have been met, and confirms through testing that effluent reuse water meets stringent quality criteria for designated uses, including: Independent validation of system performance by a respected third-party organization; proof of a manufacturer’s voluntary effort to demonstrate the performance and reliability of their technology, including unannounced manufacturer audits comprehensive test reports for distribution to customers, specifiers and public health officials; public listing in the NSF web-based directory of certified treatment systems; use of the respected NSF Certification Mark on certified systems and promotional materials.
These NSF/ANSI Std 245 certified systems provide nitrogen reduction for residential wastewater treatment systems (400 gallons and 1500 gallons per day). FAST® and BioBarrier® systems (.5-1.5) met the following effluent concentrations averaged over the course of the testing period (6 months). The NSF/ANSI Standard 245 defines total nitrogen reduction requirements to meet the growing demand for nutrient reduction in coastal areas and sensitive environments. NSF/ANSI 245 covers residential wastewater treatment systems with rated capacities between 400 and 1,500 gallons (1,514 and 5,678 liters) per day. (http://www.nsf.org/services/by-industry/water-wastewater/onsite-wastewater/nitrogen-reduction):
- CBOD5 – 25 mg/L
- TSS – 30 mg/L
- Total Nitrogen – at least a 50% average of influent TKN
- pH – 6.0 to 9.0 SU
The NSF/ANSI Standard 350 blackwater/greywater certified systems have a pass/fail criteria of:
- CBOD5 – 10 mg/L
- TSS – 10 mg/L
- Turbidity of less than 5 NTU
- E. Coli of less than 14 MPN/100 ml
- Total Nitrogen – at least a 50% average of influent TKN
- pH – 6.0 to 9.0 SU
The BioBarrier® MBR test results were non-detectable CBOD5 and TSS; Turbidity of 0.25 NTU; and E. Coli of 1.3 MPN/100 ml.
Bio-Microbics systems removes 80-99.9% of pollutants from the wastewater in a simple, low-cost, robust treatment process. Treating water to higher standards for non-potable water reuse opportunities (i.e. irrigation, backflow for toilets, sprinkler systems, equipment wash down, etc.), an onsite system can reduce the dependencies on potable water resources. Water recycling methods are not a matter of energy vs. materials recovery; rather, it relies on the appropriate treatment process employed to achieve optimum results; only then, can “waste” become a resource. For applications such as lawn irrigation and toilet flushing, more homeowners are turning to onsite wastewater to reduce their impact on the environment.
The rise in demand for sustainable technologies to the world’s water needs, green-building incentives, changes in regulations, water shortages, and the rising cost of water have all become principal drivers towards the sustainable water, wastewater, greywater, and stormwater treatment solutions. A decentralized wastewater treatment plant allows communities to remotely treat wastewater to high standards, thereby alleviating the need for expanding centralized sewage systems and long distance pipelines, which can be disruptive and costly.
These advanced, onsite wastewater treatment systems are designed specifically treat all the blackwater (toilets/kitchen sinks) and grey water (sinks, showers, washers, etc.) generated from single-family homes to other larger, multi-family residential and commercial properties that far exceed typical effluent requirements. In addition, the treatment quality from Bio-Microbics systems can meet onsite applications and project goals to alleviate the need for a drain field, overcome land constraints, protect ground/surface waters, help conserve natural resources or ideal for environmentally sensitive applications.
Bio-Microbics wastewater and stormwater treatment systems can compete economically with other filtration and secondary treatment technologies when consistent nitrogen and phosphorous removal is required, or the water is typically difficult to treat (i.e. higher organic loading from commercial properties or contains fats, oils, and grease, etc.). Other applications include, but not limited to winery wastewater (averages ~7700 mg/l BOD5 – 35 times stronger than domestic wastewater); other commercial-type applications: food service, resorts, camps, service sections, manufacturing plants, restaurants, business parks, etc.; sediment, grit, oil, and litter/trash/debris control from stormwater runoff; and Water Reuse applications that require NSF/ANSI Standard 350 certification.
Bio-Microbics is not alone; our growing network of dedicated distributors and their skilled employees share our emphasis on improving worldwide water quality and are ready to help with localized services including assistance in construction, installation, regulatory, service/maintenance, consultation and training, and accessory products. In over 70 countries, our Distributors typically specializes in the following water and wastewater consulting activities:
– Process control and troubleshooting
– Pilot plants and treatment studies
– Regulatory compliance and permits
– Water and wastewater start-up services
– Collection system infiltration-inflow studies
– Sampling and analysis
– Distribution and collection system engineering
– Operations and maintenance (O&M) manuals
– Emergency response plans
– Reliability studies and general plans
– Facility planning
– Water reuse applications
– Biosolids management solutions
Onsite wastewater treatment systems are more and more in use in suburbs and rural areas. Local regulations require that systems be certified to ensure the protection and preservation of the public’s health and the environment. Our Bio-Microbics FAST® (submerged, attached growth bioreactors), SeptiTech® STAAR™ (trickling filter), BioBarrier® (membrane bioreactors), and RollsAIR® (extended aeration) treatment technologies provide countless solutions for small decentralized treatment from single-family homes to large commercial and small municipality facilities flows of 150 gpd to 1 million gpd. The Bio-Microbics BioBarrier® MBR system (the first “wastewater” treatment system certified for Water Reuse, NSF/ANSI 350!) can compete economically with secondary treatment technologies in the market.
Review Bio-Microbics NSF Listings: http://info.nsf.org/Certified/Common/Company.asp?CompanyName=Bio-Microbics&Program=WSTWTR
- NSF® (National Sanitation Foundation International)/ANSI® (American National Standards Institute) Std 40, Class 1, a 6-month (26-week) test. Class I systems must achieve a 30-day average effluent quality of 25 mg/L CBOD5 and 30 mg/L TSS or less, and pH 6.0-9.0.: http://www.nsf.org/consumer-resources/green-living/wastewater-treatment-system-alternatives/residential-wastewater-treatment-systems.
- NSF/ANSI Standard 245, Nitrogen Reduction, defines total nitrogen reduction requirements to meet the growing demand for nutrient reduction in coastal areas and sensitive environments: http://www.nsf.org/services/by-industry/water-wastewater/onsite-wastewater/nitrogen-reduction.
- NSF/ANSI Standard 350, Class R (Water Reuse), NSF 350 is a water (health) standard, not a wastewater treatment standard with a pass/fail criteria: http://www.nsf.org/services/by-industry/water-wastewater/onsite-wastewater/onsite-reuse-water-treatment-systems. The BioBarrier system had test results that were non-detectable CBOD5 and TSS; turbidity of 0.25 NTU; and E. Coli of 1.3 MPN/100 ml.
- EN-12566-3, Europe Union, Packaged and/or site assembled domestic wastewater treatment plants for up to 50 People, tested conform the EU Norm EN 12566-3 by PIA in Aachen (Germany) with the percentage reduction of influent pollutants. During the 38-week test the BioBarrier performed the following levels: COD reduction 97.2%, BOD reduction 98.9%, Suspended Solids reduction 99.8%, NH4-N reduction 96.2%, fecal coliforms 99.9%.
- Compliance with Canadian National Standards and CAN/BNQ (Bureau de Normalisation du Québec) 3680-600, Canada, Installations must comply with the Q-2, r.22 regulation in accordance with NQ 3680-910 standard
The use of these certifying bodies helps to open new markets and instill confidence that newer technologies are in fact better than current methodologies. With tens of thousands of installations all over the world, the FAST® technology is used successfully in municipal, industrial, marine, commercial and residential type applications for over 35 years. When you buy our advanced Wastewater or Stormwater treatment products, you get the support of a valuable team.
The Future: Net-Zero Water
Net-zero water (NZW) is a new vision for municipal water management, in which significant water is neither imported to, nor exported from the service area, i.e. local “water independence”. While such a system has long been possible in areas of sufficient water supply and/or sparse population, it is now becoming possible and economical for municipal systems in virtually any modern watershed, through the use of emerging direct potable reuse (DPR) technology.
In fact, current implementations are producing design and operating data. Moreover, distributed NZW systems recycling at a high rate are projected to be capable of energy-positive operation, saving more domestic hot water energy than is consumed in treatment. However, NZW and DPR approaches vary widely in terms of source water, source segregation, treatment, and recycling rate. In this study, a workshop was convened to assemble and synthesize a broad cross-section of current NZW and DPR experience, to develop recommendations for water management planning. It was concluded that technology is currently emerging to support widespread NZW management.
Recommendations included the introduction of NZW systems into new construction, to be supported by controlled demonstration projects over periods of two years or more; development of supporting regulatory structure with public engagement; development of real-time water quality monitoring devices; and retention of the term “net-zero water” to signify a new water management vision to advance water and energy autonomy.