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08/21/2014

Bid Data Available for Sewer Proposals

Orenco has just released a new fact sheet for wastewater engineers: “Small Community Collection Systems: Construction Costs.” This fact sheet documents constructed costs from more than 40 publicly funded and bid collection systems serving small communities, including gravity, grinder, and effluent sewers.

These public bids show that, on average, Orenco effluent sewer systems cost 41% less than gravity sewer. And this data is conservative. 2010 data from the Water Environment Research Foundation shows effluent sewer costs that are 65% less than gravity sewer, or better. WERF’s cost tables, as well as answers to questions that are frequently asked of our engineers, can be found in our newly updated Effluent Sewers FAQ.

 

Collection system costs include on-lot equipment and right-of-way components.

 

New Reference Binder for Effluent Sewers and AdvanTex Treatment Systems

Both of the documents described above — and dozens more — are available in a new reference binder for design engineers: “Overview: Decentralized Wastewater Systems for Municipalities & Subdivisions.” To order your copy, call Orenco at 800-348-9843 and ask to speak to someone in our “Community Systems” group.

 

AdvanTex a Chart-Topper in Nitrogen-Sensitive State

Maryland takes nitrogen-reduction seriously. Ten years ago, the state instituted a “flush tax” to create a Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) for upgrading the state’s wastewater infrastructure, including septic systems. Replacement systems had to be field-verified by the state, and two of the seven field-verified systems are Orenco’s: the AdvanTex AX20 and AX20RT.

Citizens needing a replacement system can go to Maryland’s website to see which ones have been field-verified and how they rank in a number of key measures. While AdvanTex costs more than the other approved systems, it tops the chart in percent of nitrogen reduced, energy efficiency, and O&M costs. Consequently, it also tops the chart by posting the lowest “Price Per Pound of Nitrogen Reduced.”

To get the BRF Ranking Document, select the “CLICK HERE” link at the following url: http://www.mde.state.md.us

For more info, contact Nicholas Noble, Government Relations Manager, 800-348-9843, x484.

 

Case Study and Article Spotlight AX Treatment

Glendhu Bay Holiday Park in New Zealand needed a wastewater system that could meet tertiary treatment standards due to its proximity to Lake Wanaka — a local source of drinking water. Orenco Distributor Innoflow Technologies designed a high-performing AdvanTex System with a quarter million gallons of tankage and treatment, for little more than $1 million (U.S.). Read about it in this new case study.

For a short and simple explanation of why attached-growth packed bed filters like AdvanTex do such a good job of treating wastewater, read an interview with Orenco’s Grant Denn in the March 5 issue of wateronline.com.

 

Reduce Service Calls, Extend Drainfield Life

No one would recommend a cheap filter to protect a drainfield costing several thousand dollars, and yet cheap filters get installed all too often, according to Blake Johnston, Orenco Area Sales Manager stationed in Connecticut.

“I’ve seen cases where a cheap filter repeatedly clogs, requires multiple service calls, and may even get thrown out,” says Johnston. “That doesn’t have to happen. When an appropriately-sized Biotube Effluent Filter is installed, a homeowner will never have to pay for a service call just to have the filter cleaned. The filter can simply be cleaned at the same time the tank requires pumping."

Orenco’s standard 4-inch residential Biotube Effluent Filter has an average maintenance interval in excess of 10 years. Backed by long-term performance data from thousands of installations, Biotube filters reduce TSS by roughly two-thirds. Find our fact sheet here.

 

Upcoming Trainings

Orenco provides training to thousands of wastewater designers, engineers, and operators every year. In September, we’re offering “Wastewater Boot Camp” and in October we’re offering “Commercial Week.” Both are scheduled at Orenco’s HQ in Sutherlin, Oregon, and CEUs are available:
 

  • Wastewater Treatment — System Biology and Design: Sept. 15-16, 2014
  • Control Panels — Selecting, Installing, Troubleshooting: Sept. 17, 2014
  • Effluent Pumps — Selecting, Installing, Maintaining: Sept. 18, 2014

 

  • Effluent Sewer Design — Oct. 20-21, 2014
  • AdvanTex Treatment System Design — Oct. 23-24, 2014
     

For more information or to register, go to www.orenco.com/training.

 

More Videos on YouTube

Our YouTube site now includes videos of Orenco’s wastewater products shot by a number of people working in the decentralized field. If you haven’t visited for a while, check it out here.

If you have a video to share using Orenco’s technologies or processes, contact shuffstutter@orenco.com.

 


04/24/2014

 

AdvanTex Design Criteria for commercial treatment systems.

 

Comprehensive Design Tool for AdvanTex® Commercial WWT Systems

Orenco has just released an updated AdvanTex Design Criteria for Commercial Treatment Systems. This comprehensive Criteria can be used to design wastewater treatment systems using any of the company’s recirculating AdvanTex textile filter models across a range of seven different application types, from domestic to high-strength waste.

According to Grant Denn, Senior Manager, Engineered Projects, “This version of the Design Criteria includes new information on pre-anoxic treatment, which is something we’ve found to be very beneficial in all applications. It also includes two-stage configurations for advanced removal of Total Nitrogen and sizing criteria for ammonia-sensitive sites.”

We are offering two webinars to help you get better acquainted with this Design Criteria update.  
 

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 9-11 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time: Click here to register.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 9-11 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time: Click here to register.

Space is limited. For more information, contact Angela Bounds at (541) 459-4449 ext. 328 or abounds@orenco.com

 

 

Click on the image to see a larger sample of the AX100 lid pattern.

 

Improved AdvanTex Lids: Better-Insulated and Lighter

All lids on AX20, AX-RT, and AX-100 textile filter pods are now molded with a one-inch thick, high-density structural foam core that provides integral insulation and creates a stronger, longer-lasting product. These new lids are also lighter: 17 lbs lighter for AX20s and AX-RTs and 35 lbs lighter for AX-100s … so they’ve been a big hit with operators.

Finally, all lids now include the AdvanTex logo in the corner, which can be important when properties change hands but system info doesn’t! Now, new owners can just Google “AdvanTex” and call for info. And speaking of Googling …

 

NEW! Distributor locator with Google mapping.

 

 

New Distributor Locator with Google Mapping

Find one of Orenco’s 300 distributor locations with our website’s much- improved Distributor Locator with Google mapping.

You can find it here or you can click on the “Distributor Locator” link that is in the upper right corner of this web page. Then enter your postal code and you’ll get a Google map to your nearest distributor outlets. Contact info, product lines, and distance from your current location are also provided. For locations outside the U.S., there’s an “International Distributor Locator” sub-link. Check it out.

 

Two Towns Add Sewers and Subtract Odors

 
 

Fulton, Alabama, and Piopio, New Zealand, are a world apart, but both these small communities were dealing with failing septic systems, foul odors, and untreated sewage flowing into local creeks. Both communities resolved their wastewater problems by researching — and then selecting — high-performing, affordable Effluent Sewers and AdvanTex Treatment Systems, manufactured by Orenco. 

To find out more, here are new case studies for both Fulton, Alabama and Piopio, New Zealand. If you’d like to talk to an Orenco expert in those parts of the world, in Alabama, contact Ben White, Orenco’s Community Systems Sales Engineer, 251-580-1927; and in New Zealand, contact Brent Hawthorn, Technical Manager, Innoflow Technologies, +64 9 426 1027.

 

Upcoming Wastewater Workshops

 

Orenco's Cory Lyon discusses residential WWTS.

In addition to our two design webinars (see first article) in May, Orenco is once again offering its popular four-day “Wastewater Boot Camp” training from May 12 - 15, at its Sutherlin, Oregon, campus. This training is ideal for new staff or as a refresher for old hands. Course outlines are as follows:

Days 1 and  2 (May 12-13) — Wastewater Boot Camp, $200 (CEUs available)

An intensive 2-day wastewater workshop that lays the groundwork for understanding what is required for effective wastewater treatment — regardless of technology. Begins with basics and quickly advances from there. Includes how-to’s for designing successful systems and what makes the AdvanTex Treatment System work so well.

Day 3 (May 14) — Control Panels, $100 (CEUs available)

An in-depth course that covers everything from selecting and installing control panels to troubleshooting the panel once it’s up and running. Includes hands-on practice and lots of time for questions.

Day 4 (May 15) — Pumps, $100 (CEUs available)

A crash course in the operation and maintenance of centrifugal effluent pumps, both single- and multi-stage. Includes the history of pumps, the mechanics of how they work, and how to evaluate and select the proper pump for your application. Also includes do’s and don’ts for increasing the life of a pump, plus tips for troubleshooting and maintenance.

You can register for the full four days or just pick and choose your courses. To sign up, go to www.orenco.com. All meals are provided. You can also request customized trainings in your region. For more information about customized trainings, contact Angela Bounds: abounds@orenco.com

 


 

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8/21/14 Update

  • Bid Data Available for Sewer Proposals
  • New Reference Binder for Effluent Sewers and AdvanTex Treatment Systems
  • AdvanTex a Chart-Topper in Nitrogen-Sensitive State
  • Case Study and Article Spotlight AX Treatment
  • Reduce Service Calls, Extend Drainfield Life
  • Upcoming Trainings
  • More Videos on YouTube

 

4/24/14 Update

  • Comprehensive Design Tool for AdvanTex
  • Improved AdvanTex Lids: Better-Insulated and Lighter
  • New Distributor Locator with Google Mapping
  • Two Towns Add Sewers and Subtract Odors
  • Upcoming Wastewater Workshops