How Big Does Your Wastewater Facility Need to be to Justify a BioHaven WRR System?
Extracting valuable product from large, concrete and steel wastewater facilities has been in the works for years now. But not so with small lagoon based facilities, until right now. BioHaven’s WRR system can operate in essentially any size lagoon facility. Are there economies of scale that argue for large lagoons? Not necessarily. Let’s say your system is handling just 40,000 gallons per day, which would make you a village of about 500 people, based on the 80 gallon per day per person number we typically use to estimate wastewater volume. You might have a three lagoon system, with each cell essentially the best part of one acre.
In such a setting our system would target operating on the third lagoon. We might cover two thirds, or perhaps the whole lagoon, with BioHavens. We would likely replace the current aeration/circulation system with solar BioHaven driven air blowers, reducing your utility bill by a nice fraction. The solar BioHavens add a heat element to the BioHaven matrix. This accomplishes three strategic things. The heat extends growing days for the harvestable plants/trees on the BioHavens. It also extends growing season and optimal spawning temperature for our forage fish, if they are a component of the system. The heat also improves our ability to digest ammonia. This combination results in more cash flow and ongoing regulatory compliance. This relatively small wastewater system can pay for itself in a reasonable time frame.
The idea that small communities can operate sustainably energizes the FII team. Part of this energy comes from the people we serve, as they pick up on the vision of their community operating on such a wholistic basis. People just get it!
Imagine that today, your village’s wastewater empties right into the local trout stream. And no one talks about fishing for a mile or two downstream from town. There is a real solid reason for this, as ammonia contains an extremely toxic compound, and if the facility currently has trouble with cold weather ammonia removal, it really means that extremely sensitive trout are getting hammered. But that’s today. Tomorrow, you can send water by those trout that does them no harm. People get this. And when you show them a system that pays for itself in the process, they end up feeling really good about where they live. See our Wastewater Treatment and WRR page for more information.