Large Scale and Commercial Treatment Systems

Onsite systems are not only common in single-family homes, but also in larger-scale applications, such as at schools, commercial areas and residential subdivisions. Here is an assortment of advanced treatment systems and related products designed for onsite treatment of wastewater on a larger scale.
Large Scale and Commercial Treatment Systems
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Advanced/Commercial Treatment Systems

  Moving bed biological reactor

PuraMax from Anua can be designed and installed for pretreatment from a variety of commercial waste stream sources. It is a moving bed biological reactor (MBBR) and is suitable for high-strength waste pretreatment. Following a primary tank, biological treatment is achieved through an attached growth process. Recycled plastic biocarriers, suspended in the tank, provide a large surface area for bacteria to attach and grow. An aeration grid supplies oxygen to the biofilm, along with the mixing energy required to keep the biocarriers suspended throughout the tank. Biosolids are naturally sloughed off the biocarriers, which – along with the treated effluent – flow by gravity to a clarifier for solids separation. It is compatible with most off-the-shelf tanks, and is suitable for high-strength applications such as food service businesses. It operates effectively under shock loading, underloading and intermittent flow. 336/547-9338;

  High-strength sewage treatment plant

MyFAST Wastewater Treatment Systems from Bio-Microbics are designed for a flow range of 10,000 to more than 160,000 gpd, making them ideal for use in new construction, renovations and repairs for nitrogen-sensitive areas. The systems combine a submerged fixed film process with a passive recycle process. They maintain microbial growth during low, average and peak usage, increase sludge settleabilty and eliminate sludge bulking. Multiple biological, biochemical, chemical and physical processes occur simultaneously within the system to consistently reduce nitrogen levels, including nitrates and all other nitrogen species, at high percentage rates. The treatment quality can allow for reductions in distance to groundwater and field size requirements. 800/753-3278;

  Advanced treatment unit

The B-600 advanced treatment unit from Bluewater ATU can treat 600 gpd and suit small commercial applications. It features low BOD and TSS numbers, and is NSF/ANSI Standard 40 approved. It has no moving parts and is simple to maintain. The unit is self-contained and lightweight to install and ship, and the effluent processed is nearly colorless and odorless. 877/702-4634;

  Fixed-film treatment system

The Pentair ECOPOD-N wastewater treatment system from Delta Environmental significantly reduces BOD, TSS, fecal coliforms and nutrients in the wastewater. Nitrification and denitrification occur in a single tank. It uses a fixed-film process, and meets ANSI/NSF international standards 40 and 245 – Class 1. Its completely submerged reactor disposes of wastewater quietly, efficiently and with no odor, as effluent has the typical quality of 9 mg/L BOD5 and 8 mg/L TSS. It has no inner tank filters, screens or diffusers to service. Units are manufactured to specifications according to wastewater flow requirements, and are available from 500 to 1,500 gpd, in fiberglass or concrete construction. 800/219-9183;

  Intermittent aeration system

SoilAir from Geomatrix Systems intermittently aerates the drain/leachfield and the surrounding soils rather than constantly aerating the wastewater in a tank. This process allows rapid rejuvenation of failed septic systems, extends the lifespan of new leachfields and enhances treatment. These systems serve single and multi-family homes, as well as challenging and high-strength waste streams, such as restaurants, hotels, marinas, laundromats, health care facilities, grocery stores, food processing facilities and convenience stores. They have been proven effective by leading universities, third-party test organizations and industry leaders in the field. 888/764-5247;

  Commercial wastewater treatment plant

Commercial wastewater treatment plants from Jet Inc. are modular in design, can treat flows of 1,500 to more than 300,000 gpd and allow for phase build out. This makes it possible for hotels, apartments, shopping centers, restaurants, RV parks and service stations to be constructed when access to municipal infrastructure is limited. They treat wastewater through an aerobic digestion process that enables microscopic organisms to transform wastewater into a clear, odorless liquid. The company offers assistance with design, engineering and construction, as well as onsite tech support, plant start-up commissioning and operator training. 800/321-6960;

  Commercial treatment system

With system capacities ranging from 1,500 to 500,000 gallons per day, Modulair package wastewater treatment systems from Norweco are pre-engineered to accommodate current as well as future treatment needs. They employ an extended aeration process to quickly and efficiently oxidize organic compounds in the most cost-effective manner. They can be easily enlarged or modified, and have the flexibility for any treatment requirement, including pretreatment, AFE, ASH, tertiary, disinfection, denitrification and phosphorous removal. Non-clog Evenair diffusers reduce plant maintenance, and the Air-lift surface skimmer simplifies maintenance. Heavy-duty reinforced precast concrete tanks provide durability and long life. Each system is sold complete including delivery, tank setting, equipment installation, start-up, service and single-source warranty. 800/667-9326;

  Small commercial treatment system

AdvanTex AX20 and AX20-RT treatment systems from Orenco Systems are ideal for small commercial projects in rural areas with flows up to 2,000 gpd, such as apartments, offices and industrial parks; farms and agricultural facilities; schools and churches; rest stops and parks; bars and taverns. They can make raw wastewater up to 98 percent cleaner, meeting stringent regulatory requirements. They can also reduce nitrogen significantly, depending on influent and configuration. Benefits include reliable treatment, even under peak flow; modular units, installed in arrays; a complete package, including textile medium; easy shipping and handling; low maintenance requirements and power costs; production of clear, odorless, reuse quality effluent; and UV disinfection, if needed. Ideal for small sites, they can be installed on top of a septic tank. They are also a good solution for deep installations, and can be shallowly buried behind a working septic tank. 800/348-9843;

  Sodium hypochlorite generator

The SciCHLOR sodium hypochlorite generator with SciCELL technology from Scienco/FAST produces chlorine on demand from salt, water and electricity on site. Hypochlorite is generated through a balance of brine, and is dependent upon solution consumption. The system includes an integral brine tank, chlorine storage tank or tanks, control panel, multi-pass SciCELL unit and recirculation pump to allow the system to use a recirculating method for minimal operator attention, automatic production and consistent desired chlorine strength up to 0.8 percent. The SciCELL technology creates a uniform chemical reaction, which also extends cell life. As the chlorine is used, the water will automatically refill the brine tank. If no solution is used, the system will shut off to save power. It is ideal when onsite disinfection is required, including recycling water and reuse systems, large aquatics and pools, cooling tower processes, fire water systems, food and beverage processing, marine vessels and oil platforms, oil drilling injection systems, water and wastewater treatment systems, and other hospital, industrial and commercial applications. 866/652-4539;

Control Panels

  Level alert control panel

The Minuteman level alert from CSI Controls is a pedestal-mounted plugger-style control panel featuring a high water alarm with 9-volt battery backup alarm system (alarm float switch included). It features an internal outlet for piggyback pump operation and an external test/silence/normal operation switch. The flashing red LED alarm light and high-decibel horn activate when a potentially threatening condition occurs. The weatherproof poly enclosure and pedestal protect the components and wiring from the elements. The pedestal features a removable access door to allow for easier wiring, and can be mounted to a 4- by 4-inch post or conduit. It is UL Listed and has a three-year limited warranty. 800/363-5842;

  Data logging control panel

The EZ Series In-Site CL control panel from SJE-Rhombus quickly connects to a laptop computer for system programming, monitoring and reporting. It is designed to control up to two 120/208/240V single phase pumps in water and sewage installations, and features a Modbus port on the inside door to connect to a Windows-based PC to download system events, including pump run times, pump cycles, alarm conditions, HOA settings, power outages and service calls. The software formulates system data, up to 4,000 events, creating easy-to-read reports so system conditions can be monitored and corrected. It features a NEMA 4X weatherproof enclosure, lockable latch, audible/visual alarm, external alarm test/silence switch, auxiliary alarm relay, circuit breaker, transformer, pump run and tank-level indicators, control and alarm power indicators, and a large terminal strip. It also has a floatless C-level sensor and is available for simplex and duplex, demand dose and timed dose applications (can be converted in the field). The optional mounting post features a removable access door for easier wiring, and can be mounted directly into the ground, over a 4- by 4-inch post or conduit. 888/342-5753;

  Exterior pump control

The JJ1CB 120-volt exterior pump control with exterior alarm from Septronics requires only one power line. A mini break is located in the junction box, allowing the alarm to continue functioning if the pump shorts or fails. The alarm can be silenced and the light will stay illuminated until the condition is resolved. All components sit up on a high-impact poly pedestal to protect wiring and provide a convenient area to connect through to the tank. The pipe nipple and locknuts are included. Wires can be brought up through the cord seals (included) into a sealed junction box. The exterior alarm comes with a control float switch, which is wired into the terminal strip. 262/567-9030;

Drainfield Media/Disinfection

  Wastewater disinfection tablets

Accu-Tab aerobic wastewater tablets from Axiall don’t contain stearates, but instead are Hi-Sil silica, an erosion modifier that provides a steady source of available chlorine. They have a beveled edge and 2.5-inch diameter to reduce the impact of wicking, and are compatible with standard 2 5/8-inch aerobic wastewater feeders. They use an erosion modifier, Hi-Sil H-303 silica from PPG Industries, instead of potentially hazardous aluminum stearate, to deliver equivalent dissolve rates to provide a steady source of available chlorine. They are available in convenient, easy-to-store 100-, 43.5- and 27.5-pound pails. They are NSF-60 compliant and have no foreign ingredients and a slow dissolve rate. 724/325-5959;

  Sand filter

The GSF Geotextile Sand Filter from Eljen Corporation provides advanced treatment and dispersal in the same footprint. The internal design provides sufficient void space to allow for aerobic conditions while the Bio-Matt fabric promotes biological growth on its multiple surfaces. The fabric enhances system performance while keeping the biological growth away from the native soil, preserving the soil’s long-term acceptance rate. It produces a quality of effluent that far exceeds the standards of secondary treatment. Independent tests verify the treatment levels are in compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 40 Protocol. Its lightweight and easy-to-handle modules allow for quick delivery, and can be used in areas where traditional advanced treatment units would be difficult to transport and install. The scalability and size of the modules are well suited to both residential and commercial applications. 800/444-1359;

  Pre-packaged basin assembly

The pre-packaged basin assembly from Polylok is a lightweight and compact all-inclusive unit made of high-density polyethylene. To install, just glue three pieces of PVC, connect the inlet and outlet pipes and provide power. An adapter ring allows up to 24 inches of risers to be added to reach the desired height. The pre-packaged assembly is easy to access and disconnect for future servicing. The kit includes a 24- by 40-inch basin, 24-inch heavy-duty cover, .4 hp effluent pump with a piggyback float for automatic on/off operation, indoor/outdoor audible and visual alarm with float, internal piping system, three grommets, and a junction box with three watertight connectors. 877/765-9565;

  Pump filter

The No-Vault pump filter from Sim/Tech Filter protects turbine pump intake screens.  Filtration is achieved through a choice of a 6-inch PVC or 316L stainless steel screen with 1/16-inch perforations. The shorter model has 139 square inches of open area, while the tallest has 325 square inches of open area. Typically the intake of a turbine pump has less than 4 square inches of open area. With 35 to 80 times the open area of the intake screen, it reduces the frequency of screen and pump cleaning. The interior sealing sleeve allows it to adjust to different pipe heights. The smallest unit handles pumps up to 26 inches tall, while the largest unit handles pumps up to 50 inches. 888/999-3290;

Pumps/Pump Stations

  Wastewater pumping system

The Experior from Flygt – a Xylem Brand combines hydraulics, efficient motors and intelligent controls in a package that is simple to install and easy to operate. Adaptive N-technology allows the impeller to move axially upward when necessary to permit bulky materials or tough debris to pass through smoothly, significantly reducing stress on the shaft, seals and bearings. It includes efficient motors that are optimized for wastewater pumping applications, including some models featuring a Line Started Permanent Magnet design. Its SmartRun controls enable the pumping system to be pre-programmed and pre-set. They optimize energy use and can reduce energy consumption significantly. 704/409-9700;

  Grinder pump

The ProVore grinder pump from Liberty Pumps is designed for applications where the addition of a bathroom or other fixtures below sewer lines requires pumping. It features V-Slice cutter technology, and is powered by a 1 hp motor that operates on a standard 115- or 230-volt circuit, requiring only a 20-amp breaker. No special wiring, necessary with larger grinder pumps, is needed. The pump comes with a 2-inch vertical style discharge and a standard leg pattern, allowing for an easy retrofit into existing systems. Compact factory-assembled systems are available in both simplex and duplex versions – the ProVore 380 and the ProVore 680. 800/543-2550;

  Ring blower pump

The Whirlwind R-5760 ring blower pump from Septic Services is ideal for high-vacuum or compressed-air applications in horizontal and vertical mounted positions. With a 1/2 hp single-phase multi-voltage electric motor, it has air flow capabilities up to 57 cfm and pressure capabilities up to 60 inches (water). Its aluminum-balanced impeller is directly connected to the motor shaft, providing powerful force with minimal friction. It can be mounted in any plane, and features 1 1/4-inch inlet/outlet connections and a 3-foot power cord. 800/536-5564;

  Wastewater pump

The V-Series wastewater pump from Weber Industries – Webtrol Pumps features a recessed cast iron impeller, which reduces load on the bearing and prevents clogging, providing more pump life. The motors are air-filled and offer continuous duty ratings. To protect the motor from water, it comes standard with potted epoxy cord seals, as well as double silicon carbide mechanical seals. For further safety, all single-phase motors come standard with overload protection. Constructed from stainless steel and cast iron, they are available from 1/2 up to 2 hp in 115V, 230V, single and three phase. 800/769-7867;


  Underground wastewater tank

The Carat S underground wastewater tank from Graf Germany is ideal for rainwater harvesting, and is equipped with a flexibly positioned baffle and CE certification. The company offers a module system for wastewater around the tank, meaning that tailor-made solutions can be put together for any application. In addition to the underground tank, the cover, watertight baffle and technical pack can be selected individually. Thus, different systems emerge, from the sealed collection tank to multi-chamber tanks, as well as fully biological treatment systems. The tank consists of two stackable half-shells, is produced using injection molding, and is available in 700-, 1,000-, 1,250- and 1,700-gallon sizes. Sets of two or more underground tanks are offered for larger storage volumes.

  Belowground holding tank

The 2,650-gallon belowground holding tank from Norwesco is typically used to store both potable and non-potable water, but can also be used as a large-capacity sewage holding tank. The end ribs and fitting flats accept up to a 4-inch fitting. The integral columns were designed and molded into the tank for superior structural integrity and rigidity. It also incorporates a molded-on manhole extension. The length of the tank is 155 inches, the width is 98 inches and the height is 51 inches (81 inches with the manhole extension).


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