Rocky Mountain High

A fixed activated sludge treatment system is the solution for a Colorado lodge with poor soils and steep slopes.
Rocky Mountain High
An Esco Construction Co. backhoe operator lifts the 1,600-pound Bio-Microbic’s HighStrengthFAST 4.5 bioreactor as Leo Castro of All Service Septic helps steady it. (Photos courtesy of All Service Septic)

Effluent running out of the observation port and ponding in the drainfield alerted the manager of Echo Lake Lodge in Idaho Springs, Colo., to a serious problem. The lodge has a full commercial kitchen, 45-seat restaurant, and gift shop.

The lodge owner, Denver Parks and...

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