S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 4: Fashion Forward, Part 2

| by Aerobe and Robust
S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 4: Fashion Forward, Part 2

Synopsis: Designing a truck stop can be fashionable with the right system designed for high strength wastewater, but what to do when the space is needed for parking heavy trucks?

Application: The HighStrengthFAST® Wastewater Treatment System handles high amounts of BOD and TSS from commercial kitchens and washing facilities.

Continued from Part 1

Finding Out More

When the presentation was over, Lara could tell from the clapping that the rest of the audience was as impressed as she was.  Alan had been right to recommend Bio-Microbics.  All that was left to do now was to ask about her specific application for the HighStrengthFAST®.  Aerobe had remained in the room for a few minutes, but given that several people were either talking or waiting to talk with her, Lara figured she would be better off going out to the booth.

Back in the show room and its cacophony of voices, Lara edged and sidestepped her way to Bio-Microbics’ booth.  As it came into view, she saw someone who looked a lot like Aerobe, but with key differences: he was masculine, maybe six-foot-two, and bulky with slightly different Bio-Microbics parts.  At the moment, he was handing a brochure to a visitor and shaking hands in farewell.  The visitor the man mentioned something, grinning, to the Bio-Microbics Representative, who laughed and rested his elbow in arm-wrestling position on the portable table at the front of the booth.  Although the visitor looked strong, the Bio Rep beat him after a few seconds.  Both laughed and shook hands again before the visitor gave Robust his card and departed.  Now was Lara’s chance.

The Bio Rep’s smile reached his steely, gray eyes upon seeing Lara.  “Hi!  I’m Robust.  You must be Lara.”

Lara laughed and looked down at her nametag.  “Why, yes.  Nice to meet you, Robust.”

“Are you familiar with our company?”

“A bit,” said Lara, taking in the booth.  Behind Robust was a  ten-foot tall poster showing three pairs of hands, each pair a different color, holding up a globe on which all the continents were put in closer proximity so that they were all visible at the front of the globe.  Above the globe was Bio-Microbics logo, as well as its slogan, “Better Water.  Better World.”  Next to the poster was a secondary table with their catalog on it.  On the other side of the poster were a stack of blue media blocks and a tubular filter similar to Aerobe’s skirt.

“Alan Artest recommended you for a project I’m working on, and I just came from Aerobe’s presentation on high-strength wastewater,” she explained.

“Oh, right.  Alan’s a good g − ” A loud sound of a heavy catalog falling from the booth next door into his booth interrupted Robust and Lara jumped.  Robust merely bent down and handed it back to the other booth.

“Wow, nerves of steel,” said Lara.

“Stainless steel, actually,” Robust said with a wink.  “So your project calls for high-strength treatment?”

“Yeah, it’s a truck stop, and it’s out in the country, so hooking up to a sewer isn’t an option.”

“It’s going to have a restaurant?”

“…and a coffee shop, and showers for the truckers,” added Lara as she pulled out her cell phone, “but there’s a twist: there isn’t really room for a drain field, because we’ve got this stream that cuts right through the property, and we need as much parking space as we can get.  Here – take a look.”

Robust took the phone, upon which were photos of the site from different angles.  He massaged his sturdy, metallic chin with his thumb and forefinger, thinking for a second.  “You know, we could just have the effluent exit directly to the stream.  It’d be clean enough, and the price is reasonable.”

“I’ve heard that promise before…” said Lara warily.  “Local regulations would allow it, but leery that a treatment system can treat high strength wastewater that good.”

“But we can actually keep it.  Here’s a few case studies on projects just like yours,” Robust said clearly and emphatically.  “..and ask Alan.  His was a water reuse project with our BioBarrier® HSMBR® High Strength Membrane BioReactor, if I’m not mistaken”

He was right; Alan would have mentioned a lack of quality if it had been an issue. “What is the difference between HighstrengthFAST® and HSMBR®?”

“FAST® uses submerged fixed-film media as Aerobe may have mentioned in the presentation and the HSMBR uses membranes in compact footprint.  Both technologies use aeration to promote aerobic bacteria that consume the organic waste and lesser pathogens from the wastewater. The water is treated to standards for direct discharge or reuse for toilet water and landscape irrigation.  Save you some money on your water bill, and still eliminate the need for a drain field,” Robust said.

Lara raised her eyebrows.  “That sounds even better.  The tank’s underground, right?”

“Right.  Only the blower housing is above ground.  You can put some bushes around it if you don’t want it seen.”

Lara nodded and pursed her lips, impressed.  “Now, I know that you can provide grease interceptors for the kitchen, but Aerobe mentioned your SaniTEE® screen as well.”

Robust went over and picked up the object reminiscent of Aerobe’s skirt.  “This is what you’re talking about.  They don’t come standard with a HighStrengthFAST®, but most people get them anyway because they do a lot for how little they cost.  They’re really good about separating solid particles from liquids before the water is treated.  They even intercept some of the kitchen grease that tends to end up going down the drains from getting into the treatment tank.”

Sizing Up Robust

“If I wanted one, what size would I get?” asked Lara as she grasped the tube.

“Given the amount of flow you’re probably going to have, you’d need an eight inch diameter SaniTEE® to deflect particles larger than three-eighths of an inch.”

“And that’s before the bacteria on the media eat the rest of the solids,” Lara finished.  She lifted the handle at the top, so that the disc at the bottom of the tube rose, sliding against the SaniTEE®’s interior.

“That’s how you clean it,” Robust said.  “Easy, huh?”

Lara nodded.  Suddenly, her project just got more design forward and every single complication she had had in looking for the right treatment system now had a solution.

“Well, could I have some more info, Robust?”

“Of course!  Here’s my card.”

“Thanks.  But you won’t get mine in return…unless you can beat me in arm wrestling.” She says as she places her elbow on the table, just as the previous booth visitor had done.

-  Fin  -

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Topics: Sustainable Products, Wastewater Treatment, Water Quality

Companies: Bio-Microbics

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