USFilter installs membrane bioreactor system

USFilter has installed its MemJet™ Immersed Membrane Bioreactor System (MBR) in Park Place, a residential community located near Lake Oconee, GA. The 160,000-gallon per day (gpd) facility will treat wastewater from the region's rapidly growing golf course communities, resorts, and retirement housing developments.

Apr 17th, 2003

LAKE OCONEE, Ga., April 16, 2003 -- USFilter has installed its MemJet™ Immersed Membrane Bioreactor System (MBR) in Park Place, a residential community located near Lake Oconee, GA. The 160,000-gallon per day (gpd) facility will treat wastewater from the region's rapidly growing golf course communities, resorts, and retirement housing developments.

The Park Place community selected the USFilter MBR process because of the quick turnaround from installation to start-up as well as the small land footprint required. These factors were very important to the developer due to the value of the land near Lake Oconee and the need to quickly begin construction of new homes and commercial facilities. Because the plant will be located near homes, the wastewater facility will also be totally enclosed.

The MBR process will treat wastewater for the community as well as provide water for irrigating the golf courses and landscaping. When the Park Place facility begins operation in June 2003, it will also include steel-field erected tanks from USFilter's Davco Products for the biological process and to house the membranes.

"The membrane bioreactor is one of the fastest growing technologies in the municipal wastewater treatment market because it offers many customers benefits that cannot be duplicated by conventional biological processes, said Steve Wirtel, executive vice president of sales for USFilter.

"Through our development of the MemJet MBR process, we were able to garner perspective by assessing current systems, identifying limitations, and developing a system with improved performance. With the Park Place community, we are pleased to have an operating installation to demonstrate and illustrate these benefits to customers."

By uniting the synergy of two proven technologies, USFilter has made a quantum advance in membrane bioreactor science. The MemJet process fuses world class membrane know how from USFilter Memcor Products with the biological process expertise and jet fluid transfer system perfected by USFilter Jet Tech Products. The result is an MBR system that addresses the inherent limitations of today's process.

Operational simplicity is evident in the MemJet fluid renewal system design, which counteracts the natural tendency for solids to accumulate within the membrane bundle by geometrically directing jets to flush solids away from the membrane surface.

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