Common problems in package plants:

  • Poor design
  • Insufficient capacity to support organic and nitrogen loads
  • Fluctuations of wastewater flows and loadings
  • Low temperatures which affect the oxidation of ammonia
  • Build-up of grease and fat in the plant
  • Build-up of solids in pump wells and basins
  • Commercial wastewater causing permit violations
  • Hydraulic shock loads
  • Solids deposition in channels and basins
  • Foaming
  • Inadequate control of air supply
  • Excessive return sludge rates
  • Clogging of return sludge lines
  • Scum build-up on clarifier surface
  • High build-up of grease and fat in the plant
  • Low temperatures preventing nitrification

Why We Are Able To Solve These Problems

With our hands-on experience in designing and building wastewater treatment systems, we have acquired the knowledge to overcome the obstacles listed above. Having built wastewater treatment plants, collection systems, pump stations, chemical feed equipment, and control panels, we have improved our designs to prevent these issues from occurring in our plants. Originally, earthTek designed and built the first low pressure sewers with grinder pumps, recirculating media filters, and drip irrigation systems in the State of Indiana. Additionally, we also designed and built the first “modern” municipal SBR plant in Indiana.

At earthTek, we aren’t satisfied with mediocre. We want our systems to be great, work great, and to provide our customers with a positive and stress-free experience throughout the entire process.

How We Solve These Problems

Our wastewater treatment plants solve the issues described above. We custom design each plant to meet the requirements of that specific project. We utilize state-of-the-art computer analysis to model the design to ensure the plant will perform as expected. Complete with built-in capacity for higher than expected organic or hydraulic loads.
Our SABRE sequencing batch reactor (SBR) contains built-in speed adjustments, which automatically operate the plant at the proper speed for the current daily flows.

The SABRE SBR eliminates the need for return sludge, the problems of return flow rate adjustments, and the issue of clogged pipes. In addition, the SABRE SBR has no clarifier, which eliminates solids washout and scum. We utilize dissolved oxygen sensors and variable frequency drives (VFD’s) to automatically adjust the airflow to the amount needed for the process. earthTek also employs separate mixing to ensure all solids stay in suspension.

Lower temperatures do not pose a problem in our plants due to our tanks typically being buried below grade, which maintains a constant temperature year-round. This provides excellent ammonia nitrogen oxidation, and eliminates freezing issues in cold climates.
earthTek typically provides primary treatment, which eliminates most fats, oils, and grease (FOG), and the scum associated with the FOG. Primary treatment also reduces organic loading, energy use, and provides free anaerobic digestion of waste sludge.

  • Flexibility: The SABRE SBR is highly flexible, and can easily be adjusted to accommodate variations in flow rates and pollutant loads. We can handle both high and low flows efficiently, without compromising treatment performance.

  • High-Quality Effluent: The SABRE SBR continually produces high-quality effluent with low levels of suspended solids, organic matter, and nutrients. Our process utilizes various treatment stages, including biological treatment, clarification, and disinfection, resulting in superb pollutant removal.

  • Enhanced Nutrient Removal: SABRE SBR’s can efficiently remove nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus through biological processes. The sequencing and control of our process allows for optimal conditions for nitrification and denitrification, as well as biological phosphorus removal.

  • Small Footprint: Our SABRE SBR boasts a smaller footprint compared to conventional activated sludge systems. The batch operation allows for a more compact design, making it suitable for sites with space constraints, or where expansion may be required in the future.

  • Energy Efficiency: The SABRE SBR is designed to operate with minimal energy consumption. By optimizing the sequencing and aeration patterns, energy requirements for mixing and aeration can be reduced, resulting in lower operational costs and environmental impact.

  • Process Control: The SABRE SBR is highly automated, which provides excellent control over the entire treatment process. The ability to program and adjust the sequencing of the different treatment stages allows for precise control of process parameters, optimizing treatment efficiency and performance.
  • Sludge Management: The SABRE SBR process produces a more settleable and compact sludge compared to other treatment methods. This facilitates easier and more efficient sludge handling, dewatering, and disposal, reducing overall operational costs.

  • Odor Control: The batch operation of the SABRE SBR minimizes odor issues commonly associated with continuous flow treatment systems. Our enclosed and buried tank design prevents the release of odorous gasses, improving the overall odor control of the treatment plant. We frequently get told that people don’t even realize it is a wastewater treatment plant.

  • Ease of Retrofitting and Upgrading: SABRE SBR’s can easily be retrofitted into existing wastewater treatment plants, or used for upgrading older treatment facilities. The modular nature of our SBR process allows for gradual expansion or modification of the treatment capacity to meet future requirements.

  • High Treatment Efficiency: Our AMBR MBBR provides excellent treatment efficiency due to the high surface area of the biofilm carriers (MBBR media). The biofilm carriers provide a habitat for microorganisms to attach and grow, allowing for effective removal of organic matter, suspended solids, and nutrients.

  • Increased Capacity and Flexibility: The AMBR MBBR can handle higher organic loads and hydraulic flows compared to traditional biological treatment processes. The biofilm carriers allow for higher biomass concentrations, and promote the growth of diverse microbial communities, enhancing the treatment capacity and flexibility.

  • Reduced Footprint: The AMBR MBBR requires less space compared to conventional activated sludge plants. The biofilm carriers provide a large surface area for microbial growth within a smaller tank volume, resulting in a more compact design, and a reduced footprint.

  • Process Stability and Resilience: The biofilm carriers in the Ambre MBBR provide a stable and resilient microbial population. The carriers help retain a diverse microbial community, which is more resistant to process upsets and shock loads. This stability ensures consistent treatment performance even under varying operating conditions.

  • Ease of Retrofitting and Upgrading: The AMBR MBBR can easily be retrofitted into existing wastewater treatment plants, or used for upgrading older treatment facilities. The adaptability of the MBBR allows for simple integration into the existing infrastructure without significant modifications.

  • Reduced Sludge Production: The AMBR MBBR typically produces less sludge compared to conventional treatment processes. The biofilm carriers allow for the development of a thicker and more compact biofilm, resulting in lower sludge production. This reduces the costs associated with sludge handling, dewatering, and disposal.

  • Energy Efficiency: The AMBR MBBR can be operated with low energy consumption. The biofilm carriers in the tank provide sufficient mixing and aeration, reducing the energy requirements for the treatment process. This contributes to lower operational costs, and a smaller environmental footprint.

  • Tolerance to Toxic Shock Loads: The AMBR MBBR boasts a higher tolerance to toxic shock loads compared to some other treatment processes. The biofilm carriers offer a protective environment for microorganisms, allowing them to recover and maintain treatment performance even after exposure to toxic shock loads.

  • Flexibility in Process Control: The AMBR MBBR is easily controlled and optimized for specific treatment objectives. The flexibility in controlling the carrier fill ratio, aeration rates, and hydraulic retention time allows for precise process control and optimization of treatment efficiency.

  • Sanitation and Public Health: The PUP TANK Sewer Collection System plays a critical role in maintaining public health and sanitation. It effectively removes wastewater from homes, businesses, and industries, preventing the accumulation of sewage, and the associated risks of disease transmission, and foul odors.

  • Environmental Protection: PUP TANK Sewer Collection Systems help protect the environment by preventing the discharge of untreated or poorly treated wastewater into natural water bodies. By collecting and directing wastewater to treatment plants, we ensure that pollutants are removed or reduced before being discharged, minimizing water pollution and ecological damage.

  • Efficient Transport: PUP TANK Sewer Collection Systems provide a dedicated infrastructure for the efficient transport of wastewater from individual buildings or households to treatment facilities.

  • Odor Control: PUP TANK Sewer Collection Systems help control odors associated with untreated wastewater. By confining wastewater within enclosed tanks and  pipes, and using appropriate ventilation and odor control measures, foul odors are minimized.

  • Infrastructure Longevity: The PUP TANK Sewer Collection System has a long service life, reducing the need for frequent replacements or repairs. Proper maintenance and periodic upgrades ensure the longevity of sewer pipes, manholes, and pumping stations, providing a reliable and efficient wastewater management system for your community.

  • Capacity for Growth and Expansion: PUP TANK Sewer Collection Systems are designed to accommodate population growth and urban development. They provide the flexibility to expand the network, and increase capacity as needed to meet the demands of growing communities. This allows for long-term planning and adaptability in managing wastewater infrastructure.

  • Cost-Effective Operation: PUP TANK Sewer Collection Systems are typically more cost-effective in the long run compared to alternative methods of wastewater management. Once the initial infrastructure is in place, the ongoing operation and maintenance costs are relatively predictable, and can be efficiently managed. Additionally, our centralized treatment facility associated with PUP TANK Sewer Collection Systems are much more cost-effective due to the reduction of the facility size.

  • Water Resource Management: PUP TANK Sewer Collection Systems contribute to water resource management by separating wastewater from freshwater sources. This helps protect and preserve freshwater resources for drinking water supply, irrigation, and other purposes.

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