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New! Helically Wound Fiberglass Basin
(24-in to 12-ft Diameters)
New! Peaked-Roof Fiberglass Shelter
See Us at WEFTEC: Booth #1061
If you’re going to be in Chicago for WEFTEC 2013, Orenco will be easy to find — Just look up. A 16-ft blue pinwheel that says “Orenco Engineered Products” will be spinning over our 20-ft x 40-ft island booth in the main hall: #1061.
“We’re showing a range of full-size and scale-model products for water and wastewater operations that are manufactured by three divisions of Orenco: Composites, Controls, and Wastewater,” says Eric Ball, VP Product Development.
Composites is Ball’s specialty, and a number of innovative new products are coming out of that division.“We’re displaying our latest ultra-strong Fiberglass Shelter — a pitched-roof design,” said Ball. “We’re also showing our helically wound wet wells and basins, as well as fiberglass tanks, fiberglass railings, and more.” Orenco’s AdvanTex wastewater treatment systems, effluent sewers, and control panels will also be on display.
“Life Cycle Costs” Presentation was 20+ Years in
Lacey, Washington has been operating an Orenco Effluent Sewer since the late 1980’s, along with a standard gravity sewer. In the process, Lacey has accumulated a wealth of operational data on both systems. Bill Cagle, Orenco’s Business Development Manager, and Roger Dickenson, Lacey’s Senior Wastewater Tech, will present the results of Lacey’s operational experience at WEFTEC, on October 8th, at 8:30 a.m., in Rm S502b.
But just in case you can’t be there, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: O&M costs for Lacey’s STEP sewer are similar to O&M costs for its gravity sewer, leading to lower STEP life cycle costs, overall. This real-world data validates the Water Environment Research Foundation’s 2010 series of Fact Sheets on the performance and costs of various collection system technologies and gives consulting engineers solid life cycle cost data for their municipal clients.
Fall/Winter Training Schedule is Shaping Up
Orenco’s engineers and technical specialists are presenting design trainings across the U.S. this fall and winter, focusing primarily on Orenco Effluent Sewers and AdvanTex Treatment Systems. To enroll in one of Orenco's upcoming training courses, register online at Orenco Training.
For information on trainings that are closest to your location, call Angela Bounds, Senior Training Analyst, at 800-536-4197.
Three new product catalogs
Updated Product Catalogs Now Available
We’ve completely updated our Product Catalogs and split them into three:
General Onsite Wastewater Products
(excluding pump packages)
Wastewater Pumping Products
(including pump packages)
Controls & Monitoring Products
Our 2013 Catalogs include a number of recently released products, including …
PRTA24-2 tank adapters
Roth tank adapters
High-flow effluent pumps
New! Interactive product catalog area on orenco.com
EasyPak and ProPak Pump Packages
UV disinfection units
You can get our catalogs in multiple formats: online, PDF, and printed. For interactive online catalogs with related links, go to our Product Catalog
You can also just download catalog PDFs from that web page.
Or, for a bound copy, go to our online Lit Request form and request the catalog(s) you want.
An Orenco Treatment Systems Catalog is in the works. Look for it soon!
AdvanTex Surface Discharge Permit Saved Their Home
For this AX-RT case study,
When the drainfield failed on a residential home in North Carolina, there was no additional land for a new one. Sewer service was unavailable, and the homeowners were faced with the very real possibility of losing the use of their home.
Engineer Kevin Davidson suggested the installation of an AdvanTex AX20-RTUV (i.e., with ultraviolet disinfection), manufactured by Orenco. And the North Carolina DWQ approved it, since it could produce effluent that would meet surface discharge standards — and the limit for fecals, too — thus eliminating the need for a drainfield.
Davidson was able to use the existing tank, so the RT’s configuration also eliminated the need for a discharge tank, separate UV basin, and several risers and lids, reducing costs. Said Davidson, “I think the RT is the best unit, when you look at aesthetics, installation cost, ability to treat waste, and support from Orenco.” For a Case Study, click here.
"Insanely Better Products"
Fiberglass Basins — People often ask us, "Why do you make such high-quality products? They're just going to get buried underground." Our new Fiberglass Basins for onsite + sewage applications are a good example. At the Pumper Show we showed off the basin's smooth helically-wound fiberglass structure with gelcoated surface, carefully thought-out attachment mechanisms, non-corroding composite brackets, and rock-solid infiltration-proof adhesive seams. Visitors asked, "Is this a show model?" It wasn't. Orenco is just weirdly devoted to building "insanely better products" ... and building them in the USA. Basins come in 24, 30, 36, 48, 60, 72, and 96 inch diameters and are lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and extremely strong. Standard heights up to 20 feet. Custom heights (up to 30 feet) and diameters (up to 24 feet) are also available. Click here for a Fiberglass Basin Spec Sheet and then contact Darren Simmie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Custom Controls — Orenco's Controls Division built hundreds of custom panels in the first quarter of 2013 and OEM sales are up 20%. Little wonder. They're "insanely better products" too, built with touchsafe components from name-brand manufacturers ... protected by stainless steel enclosures ... produced in a UL-certified 508A and 698A shop. "I can't imagine trying to run our wastewater and potable water plants without relying on Orenco's TCOM telemetry panel," said Brian Boswell, senior project engineer for a large casino-resort SCADA system. Click here for a Custom Controls Brochure.
AdvanTex a "Top Product" and "Top Project" in 2012
What do AdvanTex Treatment Systems around the world have in common? They keep winning awards. The latest? Rural Builder's "2012 Top 10 Products" award and Water & Waste Digest's "2012 Top Projects" award.
Rural Builder honored the entire AdvanTex product line and its use of "recirculating media filters to produce clear, odorless effluent with outstanding nutrient-reduction, suitable for subsurface irrigation or surface discharge after disinfection (where regulations permit)." It also noted that "Using less than 2 kwh per 1,000 gallons treated, it [AdvanTex] is LEED eligible, as is all the AdvanTex line."
Water & Wastes Digest gave a shout-out to an AdvanTex AX-Mobile Treatment System installed at the top of Knipple Glacier in British Columbia, to serve the Brucejack Mining Camp. The remote location required that the system arrive (by helicopter) "preassembled and prepackaged, produce disinfected effluent, and be simple enough for camp staff to operate with minimal training."
In 2012, our products and projects were described in 40 articles read by approximately three million people. Here are links to a few additional stories that have appeared in the past couple of months:
"Self contained effluent sewer system allows development of an Alberta green community"
Environmental Science & Engineering, December 2012
"Improving treatment to improve treatment: How a new wastewater system saved Soyo Hospital"
WATER New Zealand, November 2012
WaterWorld, Nov/Dec 2012
Upcoming Wastewater Workshops
In 2012, Orenco's wastewater experts provided trainings to more than 1000 people all over the world. You can still sign up for our April and May 2013 workshops, which are being held at Orenco's Sutherlin, Oregon headquarters. CEUs and PDHs available.
April 8-11 Workshops:
May 13-16 Workshops
Effluent Sewer Design, Installation, and Operation
Commercial/Municipal AdvanTex Design, Installation, and Operation
Wastewater Boot Camp
Control Panels A to Z
Pumps O&M Short Course
New Case Studies Describe WW Challenges
When wastewater is needed in the world's pristine environments, the challenges can be immense: environmental, operational, and financial. Here are three new write-ups describing recent Orenco projects in wildly different locations and terrain:
Sunset Bay, TN
— The developers of a 750-home lakefront resort adjacent to a Forest & Wildlife Management Area in Tennessee needed a wastewater solution that could consistently meet the stringent nitrate requirements set by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The solution also had to be modular due to slow build-out. An on-lot AdvanTex secondary treatment system was paired with an Orenco Effluent Sewer System, in an innovative approach that met environmental requirements and kept developers' costs to a minimum.
Adams View, WA — The Yakama Nation wished to rehabilitate some of its tribal housing in rural central Washington, but couldn't do so without rehabilitating an overloaded sand filter, too. Three phases of AdvanTex systems later, the Nation now has 10 AX100 units and 5 AX-Max units handling nearly 55,000 gpd flows. The system is maintained by a local part-time operator who traveled to Orenco for one of our annual "Operator Workshops."
St. Constantin Village Hotel, Greece — The owners of a luxury hotel on Crete needed a replacement for its failed wastewater treatment system that could meet permit limits of 25/25 BOD5/TSS. Equally as important, they required a solution that could be shoehorned into the hotel's existing built-out site and be completely, transparently odorless. Project engineer Georgios Dialynas designed an interior, six-unit AdvanTex AX100 system that met all the client's criteria.
New Line Card
Here's an undated version of our Orenco Line Card, which indicates the range of our products and services. But Orenco has literally thousands of water/wastewater products. If you don't see something you need, give us a call: 800-348-9843 or +1-541-459-4449.