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Modularized Membrane Bioreactor Wastewater Treatment Systems – Big Things Can Come in Small Packages

June 8, 2017

From the telegraph to the cellular phone or from the automobile to the impending release of the first flying car, it’s no secret that advancements in industrial technology are developing by leaps and bounds.  Science and technology continue to revolutionize our daily lives leading to inspiring new concepts and designs.  Developers have streamlined production processes leading to smaller products with increased efficiency and convenience.  The wastewater treatment industry is no exception as innovative new designs and techniques continue to emerge.  Milnes Engineering and Construction realizes the importance of embracing these new concepts and is dedicated to bringing them to fruition to help promote economic and environmental sustainability.

Modularized Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) wastewater treatment systems are gaining significant momentum.  These systems combine low cost with high performance removal of contaminants and are suitable for sustaining small flow communities, municipalities, and commercial developments.  These structures contain all of the necessary elements for a customized biological treatment process that includes the removal of phosphorus and nitrogen.  The structure itself is comprised of one or more modified shipping containers that are fully insulated and equipped with heating, cooling and ventilation.  They contain all necessary treatment units including tankage, mechanical equipment and controls.  For larger capacities, hybrid systems that use a combination of packaged treatment equipment and in-ground tankage can be utilized.  The exterior shell can be modified for visual aesthetics and the systems can be monitored and controlled remotely.  These modules are pre-constructed in a dedicated manufacturing facility and delivered to a prepped location.  The units can simply be placed on a concrete slab, thus limiting the amount of costly site preparation.
In Pennsylvania, these units can be placed in virtually any location because the high quality effluent is suitable for reuse, or for discharge into an intermittent stream – whereas on-site sewage disposal systems are soil dependent which limits if and where they can be built.
Applications for these modular systems can be as little as 2,500 gallons per day.  Conversely, as experience has proven, these systems can handle 200,000+ gallons per day, which would address treatment requirements of approximately 750 homes.  To handle such a treatment capacity only requires approximately 40’ x 52’ of space leading to minimized surface impact by reducing the environmental footprint compared to conventional treatment methods.  These modular components have been designed for easy expansion and are low maintenance, resulting in a significant cost savings over the long term.  This cost efficient “Pipe and Go” method is not only better for the environment, but will also save valuable time and space.

Milnes Engineering and Construction proudly maintains a value-creating innovation strategy that results in sustainable growth in the wastewater treatment industry.  Our team is equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to provide you the most affordable and efficient wastewater treatment solutions for new project development or upgrades to existing facilities.