Efficient, independent plants bring top-quality treatment to even remote areas
Every human settlement, regardless of its size or location, requires an effective way of dealing with the wastewater generated by those who live and work there. Discharging untreated or inadequately treated sewage into the environment poses a risk to the environment and human health. It can also have broader socioeconomic impacts. For example, untreated sewage can damage fisheries or tourism, which can, in turn, impact livelihoods.
Communities living off-grid in remote areas typically face a challenge when it comes to wastewater treatment. Because they don’t have access to municipal sewer infrastructure, people living in remote rural communities typically treat wastewater on-site using either septic systems or composting toilets. With these methods, sewage may not be treated adequately to prevent soil, groundwater, or surface water contamination, and sludge disposal can pose a challenge.
In situations such as these, decentralized wastewater treatment may offer the perfect solution.
What Is Decentralized Wastewater Treatment?
With decentralized wastewater treatment, there’s no need for costly sewage pipelines to carry wastewater to a distant, central wastewater treatment plant. Instead, a small, self-contained plant is installed on-site or close to the point of use. It’s the perfect solution for construction and mining sites, oil and gas worker camps, industrial facilities, hotels and resorts, or small rural communities in remote areas.
Fluence offers highly efficient decentralized wastewater treatment solutions with its Aspiral™ line of containerized plants based on membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) technology for high nutrient removal.
Aspiral™ plants, which are packaged in standard shipping containers, incorporate passive aeration, which uses 90% less energy than conventional aeration. Since MABR technology is so energy-efficient, modular Aspiral™ units can be powered by alternative energy sources, making them highly suitable for use in remote off-grid locations. After being treated with Aspiral™, the effluent can be reused for irrigation or it can be safely discharged into the environment.
Benefits of Decentralized Wastewater Treatment
Decentralized wastewater treatment with Aspiral™ is a practical, cost-effective solution for treating sewage in remote off-grid locations, and offers many benefits.
Easy transportation, setup, and operation: Fluence’s decentralized wastewater treatment plants are packaged in 20- or 40-foot shipping containers, making them easy to transport, deploy, and maintain.
Modular design for scalability: Aspiral™ plants’ can be integrated with other treatment systems and equipment, and their modular design allows capacity to be expanded as needed. Several configurations are readily available to facilitate quick delivery, integration with existing equipment, and smooth operation.
Environment-friendly: Aspiral™ units produce very little noise and odor. They require very little energy and chemicals to operate efficiently, resulting in a reduced impact on the environment and improved sustainability.
Compactness and portability: The compact design of Aspiral™ reduces the amount of site development needed for installation, together with the associated costs. Units can be installed with minimal impact to the surrounding environment, and can be moved at a later stage if needed.
Smart Operation: Fluence’s Smart Packaged wastewater treatment solutions are fully automated, allowing them to be operated and monitored remotely. This means several separate installations can be controlled by a single operator.
Treating sewage in remote off-grid locations can be challenging, but these challenges can be overcome with the right technology. For more information, contact Fluence. Our experts can help tailor a solution to fit your needs.