Municipalities

Government funding cut backs coupled with an intensified focus on ensuring compliance have caused municipalities to seek alternative solutions to aging infrastructures.

  • Currently in Canada over 150 billion litres of untreated and undertreated wastewater (sewage) is dumped into our waterways every year; ¹
  • Canadian municipalities currently face some $31 billion to repair and maintain the existing capital stock, and an additional $56.6 billion for new infrastructure. ² (Mizra, 2007)

Municipalities substantially reduce operating costs by using Sewage Treatment Solutions Inc. technology.  Government funding cutbacks have resulted in municipalities seeking alternative solutions for depreciating infrastructures.  As wastewater facilities represent a significant portion of budget expenditures for a municipalities it is imperative that government
councils seek out cost saving alternatives for their aging wastewater treatment plants.

Legislation from both the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada as well as provincial environmental agencies has fortified their mandate to ensure municipalities maintain compliance of sewage discharge.  Failure to comply can result in severe fines to the municipality and/or the need to transport effluent to other locations – neither of which is an inexpensive proposition.

 

Sewage Treatment Solutions Inc.’s involvement with product development researchers from around the world has enabled us to bring innovative technology to Canadian municipalities. Municipalities have been able to reduce influent organic loading and effluent pollutant levels, thereby assisting compliant plants to function more efficiently and helping non-compliant plants to achieve their targets. Through the use of microorganisms Sewage Treatment Solutions Inc. has enhanced the fundamental process by starting treatment at strategic locations throughout the sewer collection system and transforming miles of sewer pipe into an active part of the waste water treatment system. This technology reduces odours, corrosion, and fats, oil and grease (FOG) – extending the life of the infrastructure. Metabolizing FOG reduces maintenance and energy costs.

Innovative technology provided by Sewage Treatment Solutions Inc. greatly reduces the cost associated with lagoon clean up.  Currently Olds, Alberta, enjoys the benefit of this technology and is ecstatic about its results. Olds plant managers and city government officials were pleased to say that within 4 months this technology has improved the effluent quality by 49% on biological oxygen demand (BOD) and 61% on total suspended solids (TSS). It is important to note that these results occurred during a 40% plant failure and temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius.

Sewage Treatment Solutions Inc. provides patented aeration and mixing technologies with biological treatment to maintain optimal performance and reduction of sludge from lagoons. This inexpensive solution reduces costs associated with clean up or replacement of lagoon systems and generates results in substantial savings for municipalities. An additional benefit is a major reduction of odour associated with lagoons.

 

Advances in Wastewater Treatment

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Sewage Treatment Solutions engages In-Pipe Technology to maximize the efficiencies of wastewater treatment.

The engineered design group of Sewage Treatment Solutions of Westlock, AB has been providing advanced and patented wastewater technologies from around the world including such countries as: Germany, Holland, Luxemburg, Amsterdam, the U.S., and others.  Because of our research and development of microbiology and related technologies, Sewage Treatment Solutions has partnered with In-Pipe Technologies out of Wheaton, Illinois, U.S.  Sewage Treatment Solutions in development and research work with In-Pipe Technology, a provider of an engineered technology and service provider for wastewater treatment, uses a biological treatment service to turn a passive sewer system into an active, controlled part of the entire sewage treatment process.

Transforming traditional beliefs that treatment of wastewater has to occur within the confines of a treatment plant, only Sewage Treatment Solutions engages the entire sewer piping system where a biological transformation occurs.  If an area of the sewage treatment infrastructure can be utilized then the biological process of sewage treatment can be expanded. By providing an engineered wastewater treatment process, municipalities are capable of dealing with many of their water treatment concerns as a managed service with no capital expenditures.  This patented technology addresses the regulatory, budgetary and operational challenges facing today’s municipalities.

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Dosing units as simple as seen below provide patented genus bacillus material for the system.

Biological treatment is administered through multiple computerized dosing systems situated throughout the entire sewer pipe structure.  The activation of  this biological treatment process starts within minutes of the dosing occurring. Kilometers of sewer pipe lines are now treating sewage long before reaching a wastewater treatment facility. This process converts the entire sewer pipe infrastructure to a wastewater treatment process.

 

Biological Dredging Replaces Traditional Dredging

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Involving a biological process with a wastewater treatment system not only increases the efficiency of a wastewater treatment plant but also is very effective with lagoons.  Most lagoons are reaching full capacity may avoid an expensive de-sludging process by using a biological process.  A reduction of sludge in lagoons that were thought to require traditional expensive excavation are now achieved with the implementation of this patented biological technology.  The diagram to the left shows the effectiveness of sludge reduction with the implementation of the biological process.  In a mere 8 months, levels of sludge are reduced by 49% as well as a 75% reduction in FOG.

“In-Pipe Technology did more than just eliminate our grease problem – it eliminated our complaint problem as well. Storm and sewer overflow isn’t a problem for us like it was.”

– Anthony Harkless, Wastewater Engineer

 

Sustaining Growth in a Community Requires a Solution for Wastewater

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A growing number of communities have impeded growth due to the lack of capacity for wastewater.  Restrictions on the  development of either residential or industrial construction sites continues to turn away people and business ultimately affecting the communities tax base.

A community can develop land with an economical wastewater treatment solution that does not affect the existing infrastructure by either;

  • providing effluent from a development site that is pretreated and enters the current sewer system with very low effluent readings causing no disturbance to the current wastewater treatment system, or,
  • develops a standalone wastewater treatment system that provides very low levels of effluent discharge at the existing development site.

Engineered systems are designed in order to provide specific solutions for all aspects of a municipalities requirements.   Whether  it’s a wastewater treatment plant, a lagoon, or restroom facilities at a campground, golf course, ski hill, or other recreation facility,  Sewage Treatment Solutions is able to provide an engineered solution.

 

¹ Environment Canada (Modified Sept. 9, 2012)
² Mirza, S. 2007. Danger Ahead: The Looming Collapse of Canada’s Municipal Infrastructure (2007 FCM–McGill survey). Ottawa: Federation of Canadian Municipalities.