USA: Spring Valley Lagoon Treatment Nears Completion
In-Pipe Technology® Company, Inc. announced today it is nearing completion of the first phase of its contract with the City of Spring Valley, IL to reduce lagoon sludge and frequency of dredging events.
In-Pipe is on track to exceed the performance criteria of 25% total sludge volume reduction over a six month period effectively reducing the amount of material that must be dredged, dewatered, and hauled away. This contract was a result of EPA sanctions to reduce the sludge inventory and improve effluent quality. Contract oversight has been provided by McClure Engineering for Spring Valley.
“After 40 years in operation, the lagoon capacity was maximized. Sludge accumulation caused effluent violations and we needed an efficient and cost effective alternative to reduce the total sludge volume.” Said Rob Baracani, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for Spring Valley. “In only 3 months, In-Pipe was already near their performance goal.”
In-Pipe Technology’s patented services greatly enhance the wastewater treatment process within lagoons through the continuous addition of a highly concentrated formulation of facultative bacteria, which are more robust and sustainable than indigenous wastewater bacteria. In-Pipe microbes can accelerate the treatment process under aerobic or anaerobic conditions. By significantly reducing accumulated sludge volumes up to 85%, In-Pipe Technology extends the intervals between dredging events. Additional benefits are seen in improved BNR, a significant reduction of odors and collection system degradation.
In-Pipe’s traditional lagoon service was complimented with the addition of a low-energy recirculation pump. The low-energy mixer facilitated the distribution of In-Pipe microbes to the lower, compacted portions of the lagoon which and resulted in enhanced reduction of the organics.
In-Pipe Technology offers specialized technical expertise, strong customer understanding, and deep resource knowledge. Since In-Pipe uses natural, biological methods that complement the treatment plant’s own processes, In-Pipe is a sustainable solution − environmentally and economically.
Press Release, November 2, 2012