Increasing Demand for Packaged Water Treatment Systems Globally


According to QY Research Report titled ‘2017-2022, the water and wastewater treatment systems market is projected to vastly and steadily expand over the next few years.  Plants for packaged water and wastewater treatment are consequently expected to grow in number due to population growth and new implementation of regulatory standards. The need for clean water is pressing as packaged wastewater treatment is crucial for residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.     

What are Packaged Wastewater Treatment Plants?  They are pre-manufactured treatment facilities that treat the wastewater in communities or individual property.  They include aeration plants, sequencing batch reactors, oxidation ditches, contact stabilization plants, rotating biological contractors, and physical/chemical processes.  

A rise in global population has created its own set of issues with large quantities of untreated wastewater being disposed into bodies of water globally.  Aside from consumer demand, the government and international organizations feel the pressure with many of the environmental pollution issues, forcing them to impose some stricter and more robust regulations. The market will need swift advances in technology as the world becomes more aware of the consequences of pollution. The biggest driver is the building of awareness about what careless discharge of wastewater into bodies of waters is what the dumping does to the environment and the huge impact it can have on communities. 

The next big hurdle will be skilled labor to handle new technologies involved with packaged wastewater systems.  However, national and international bodies are determined to invest in this these packaged wastewater systems which could solve this issue. 

Countries at the forefront of this mission include Asia Pacific which is expecting a significant growth rate over the next few years, North America which is seeking governmental involvement, regional parts of Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa.  

Active Water Solutions is a major player in the packaged wastewater treatment sector. With their innovative solutions for rural and decentralized locations, they are a perfect fit for most communities globally. 

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Iran Makes Big Step Towards Long Term Water Conservation


Last week, 100 water and wastewater plants in urban and rural Iran, worth more than $2.1 billion, went live during the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.  The energy minister, Reza Ardakanian, stated that about 99.4% of the population, 73% in rural areas, are connected to a drinking water network while 48% are linked to the wastewater network.  According to Ardakanian, “The government aims to provide drinking water to an additional two million villagers by 2021.”

With six billion cubic meters (bcm) of potable water, Iran creates 4.3 billion cubic meters of effluent water.  They can only reuse 1.2 bcm of that which is what they aim to fix over the next five years.  Their goal is to alter consumption patterns to fix this issue, especially in sectors that are heavily dependent on water.  This issue matters to the Iranian people as they are used to facing water scarcity: a problem that only gets worse.  

The energy minister is focused on making new guidelines and deciding how to use this precious, yet scarce resource, more efficiently.  Agriculture is a huge culprit.  In fact, Iran deems it as the biggest culprit for water consumption. Agriculture uses about 90% of the country’s water resources. 

Iran uses about 97 bcm of water a year, but they only have 88 bcm of renewable resources.  Experts believe that scarcity in Iran will be at their peak crisis levels by 2025: less than 1,000 cubic meters per capita.  In 1950 it was 2,000 cubic meters per capita.  Ardakanian stresses the importance of studies to see if water is being used efficiently in producing agricultural products.

Experts have proposed some potential solutions.  One of these includes financial aid for farmers to use more modern irrigation equipment that would better conserve this precious resource.  Another is energy tariffs.  These tariffs directly impact consumption of natural resources by “public and industries.”  The energy minister is focused on a subsidy cut for drinking water and raising awareness on wasteful consumption.  

According to Ardakanian, “As long as water prices are not modified, neither can we tackle the water shortage nor will people and industries change their consumption patterns.”  Drinking water costs about $0.21 for each cubic meter and $0.9 for the public per cubic meter.  Still, the agriculture sector and public wastefulness are huge issues in the fight for conservation of water. 

The problem is so prevalent people have actually turned to praying for water, publicly in Iran. Farmers are in need of water for their animals, and people are looking to have drinking water in the coming years.  But if they can’t make it rain, the only option is conservation of what they currently have.  Iran made their first huge investment in the cause by funding and developing 100 water and wastewater plants.  Now it’s up to the people to use water wisely in industry and at home.

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Minnesota Turns to Water Recycling to Help Replenish Water Supply


Water is a precious resource.  It makes up about 70% of your body composition.  Almost every bodily process requires water to function.  A lack of any basic necessity is a scary thought, but a lack of water for consumption is the most frightening of them all.  It’s a genuine threat and some states like Minnesota which has been pushed to realize this danger take it seriously and are looking into recycling water.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, population growth, an increase in irrigation, and industrial use of groundwater resources are depleting supplies in a few parts of the state.  According to Jen Kader, the program manager for the Freshwater Society which is a nonprofit water conservation group, explained, “We don't often think about water being something that we have to consider being scarce in Minnesota.  Yet in some places, water resources are being drained faster than they're being replenished.”

State officials and environmental groups have decided to treat and reuse dirty water to build up their clean water sources.  Meanwhile, by capturing this stormwater, it’s reducing flooding and ridding lakes and rivers of pollutants.  After all, the water is fine, but it’s the stuff in it that isn’t.  

The way the process works is you take raw sewage, run it through bar screens and a grit chamber to take out the big stuff then run it through a primary clarifier in which the chunks go to a digester and for de-watering to produce useful biosolids.  Meanwhile, the water from the primary clarifier goes to the aeration basin and final clarifier, supplemented with a thickener to return to the digester or run through a sand filter and disinfectant to produce reusable water.  

So far, in Minnesota, state officials and environmental groups have been collecting, treating, and reusing dirty water for the purposes of reducing demand for clean water and ridding lakes and rivers of pollutants.

St. Paul installed a water-reuse system to save about 450,000 gallons of water annually.  Water is collected from the roof of the Metro Transit maintenance facility, treated for debris and microbe removal and used for toilets and irrigation for the field.  Also, in Hugo, a housing development is buying stormwater for irrigation opposed to using drinking water. According to the City Administrator, Bryan Bear, “The stormwater costs them a lot less to buy, and so that saves significantly on their water bill.”

Luckily, people are interested in reusing water in Minnesota.  According to Anita Anderson, an engineer in the Minnesota Department of Health, even though water recycling projects are expensive and the state regulations are confusing, there’s significant interest in reusing water.  She said, “We were starting to get more calls from people asking, 'Can I use this source of water to irrigate with?’  Or, 'I want to do an eco-development, and I want to recycle all the water on site.'"

Water reuse is soon to become a popular process in Minnesota, perhaps a pioneer for other states in need of water conservation.

Can Less Food Waste Save Our Planet?

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Sure, you may not love that meal your parents packed for you, but don’t throw it out!  Don’t waste food and valuable resources!  The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization states that one in three people are malnourished.  However, keep in mind, 1.3 billion metric tons of food is wasted every year.

Food waste is both an economic and environmental issue.  As the world’s population increases, this issue is only expected to get worse, unless we can be less wasteful.  Meanwhile, the environment is being harmed because it takes a lot of water, fertilizer, and land to produce food.  Not to mention, this significantly contributes to issues like global warming and excessive landfill waste.

According to another FAO study, 54% of food waste occurs through food production, harvesting, handling, storage, processing, distribution, and consumption stages.  But, why should you care?

When you dump leftovers, you’re not only throwing out food that someone else in the world needs., you’re also throwing out all the resources that went into producing your food.  This includes energy, water, and fuel.  Food waste easily becomes a lot of water waste.

The World Resources Institute says that 135 trillion liters of water are lost for every 1.3 billion metric tons of food waste. Believe it or not, agricultural practices consume most of the water used every year, about 70% of it.  A quarter of that goes into draining the food waste.

The food waste that ends up in landfills then produces methane.  Methane is a greenhouse gas. A report stated that if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases, next to the US and China.  

What you can do about it

You cannot solve this issue alone, but every step you make towards less food waste. Here are ten things you can do to reduce your food waste!

1.    Grocery List

When you go shopping, save yourself some money and food you’ll throw out anyway.  Buy only what you need and will eat.  Avoid buying things in bulk if they have a small expiration date.  Then, if you get food with a short expiration date, make sure to eat it first!

2. Smaller Portions

Get healthy and save the Earth all at the same time just by consuming smaller portions!  If you don’t put more than you can eat on your plate, you won’t waste as much food.  

3. Buy Quality 

Buy quality food.  If you purchase vegetables and fruits, make sure they’re in great condition, so you won’t end up throwing them out.  Sometimes they have dents or rotten spots.  But at the same time, don’t throw out food you’ve boughten if it’s got just a few bad spots.  You can cut out the nasty parts and eat the rest!  It’s perfectly fine!

4. Monitor the Fridge

Monitor your fridge at all times to keep your food safe.  If it gets too warm, everything will rot.  If it’s too cold, that’s just as bad.  Prevent the need to throw out food.

5. Reuse and Recycle

Keep looking for opportunities to reuse or recycle food.  If you really cannot stand that can of beets in your pantry, give it to the food shelter where starving people would love that can of beets. Anytime you have excess, unopened, food, donate it to your local food bank.  It’s much appreciated!

If you’re the farmer, retailer, food processor, or consumer, it’s your responsibility to reduce waste.  You can start today by finishing those veggies on your plate that you may not love!

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King Point Cove - A Lesson In Wastewater Reuse

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While in the early stages of the development, the developers were interested in creating a wastewater treatment and reuse system that could scale up as the community continued to expand.

The King's Point Cove Project needed a solution that could handle wastewater flows that were highly variable. Given peak times created by events at the clubhouse and tournaments on the course, the current system would get overwhelmed. Additionally, with a small number of homes on the collection system to start, a traditional activated sludge proved too difficult to operate effectively. Thus, the Active Water Solutions Packaged system was chosen for its ease of operation, and its resiliency in the face of variability.

The effluent criteria for this project include 5 mg/L for BOD, 12 mg/L for TSS and 3 mg/L for NH4-N.  The design for the initial phase was developed to treat 15,000 gpd, and  was built in a single 53’ high cube shipping container.  Due to the permit requirements, and intended reuse, tertiary filtration was also included for effluent polishing.   

The treatment system was designed as a submerged fixed-bed biofilm reactor (SFBBR), which incorporated a specifically-calculated fixed-film surface area submerged in the aeration basins (i.e. bioreactors). The process train is simple and includes an influent fine screen, two aerobic bio-reactors, clarification, disinfection, and tertiary filtration.  A sludge holding tank was also integrated into the self-contained system. 


Simplicity and biological stability are the core benefits of the King's Point Cove system. Considering the required low BOD effluent, and additional nitrification requirements, the SFBBR’s biofilm-based treatment process allows for a more complete carbon oxidation and improved autotrophic bacteria proliferation.  Biofilms are highly self-regulating in accordance with pollutant concentrations, thereby omitting the need for a RAS process in most cases. Therefore, the operator does not have to be concerned with balancing F:M ratios or varying quantities of wasted versus returned sludge.

The development at King’s Point Cove is an ideal example of what happens when science and design work together to make wastewater treatment and reuse seamless and environmentally friendly. 

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Wastewater Recycling to Increase by 37% by 2027


The general water supply has become a huge problem lately, so more and more investments are being targeted towards new water reuse or wastewater solutions. According to a new report issued by Bluefield Research, estimates show that expenditure for alternative capacity solutions in the municipal water sector in the U.S. will exceed $2.1 billion in the upcoming decade. 

According to Bluefield Research Director, Erin Bonney Casey water reuse solutions have become the prime focus for the US municipal utilities.  In fact, the municipal utilities are constantly looking for alternative options and strategies that would save the existing supplies of water. The director also points out that Bluefield Research has been monitoring about 247 water reuse projects in 11 US states in 2015. By this year, the number of these projects increased dramatically, from 247 to 775 across 19 US states. 

Florida, Texas, and California represent the core players regarding reuse activity. Even though the state of California saw a huge increase of rainfalls last year, the utilities have still gone further by adding 6.0 million m3/d of innovative water reuse facilities and supplies. Bluefield Research estimates that utilities will add supplies of potable water exceeding 2.2 million m3/d in the upcoming 10 years, especially in urban areas of the US. 

Bonney Casey further highlights the importance of a powerful potable reuse policy. California regulators seem to be the leaders in adopting such a strong policy, which will basically serve as a role model for all other states. Municipal reuse investments will likely increase by 15% in the upcoming decade, and water reuse solutions will represent a very important opportunity for growth across many sectors.  In the upcoming 10 years, the greatest majority of Capital Expenditure intended for reuse will be redirected towards pipes strategies (up to 42%), while the remainder will go towards engineering & design or advanced treatment solutions. 
The general market request for potable water solutions is quite high. Even more so, both national and foreign investors see advanced systems as the best opportunities for growth. It seems that the increased request for potable solutions, together with market growth is most beneficial to companies offering advanced technological solutions such as osmosis or bioreactor systems. 

Recycled wastewater usage was limited to uses in agriculture, golfing or green spaces. Today, wastewater seems to be present across many industrial applications and fields, such as data centers, for toilet/cooling systems in commercial spaces, or even in craft breweries. The future of reclaimed wastewater is not limited to use in municipal utilities, but treated wastewater will become precious in settings such as oil refineries, gas companies, power plants and more. 

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Fish Farm Gets Water from the Waste of a Sustainable Brewery


Sustainable recycling practices represent not only a trend but also a necessity nowadays. Many companies today are rethinking how to dispose of their waste in the most positive, sustainable manner. Different organizations collaborate in this sense and come up with solutions that are helping make waste easier to dispose of in an effort to lower costs and create a more sustainable business practice.

Collaboration between a New York-based brewery, Five & 20 Craft Spirits and Brewing and a startup fish farm, TimberFish Technologies began to help develop a more sustainable way of disposing of brewery waste. The idea is that the fish farm gets the food and water for the fish from the brewery, in the form of used grains and wastewater. It all started when TimberFish built a tank system for the fish and other aquatic creatures to have a suitable habitat. Then, Five and 20 brewery had to build a system that would help them filter the brewing water properly. It is important to note that the grains from the brewing do not go directly in, but first, they get finely chopped and mixed with sustainably harvested wooden chips. 

The wooden chips being mixed in will release Phosphorus and Nitrogen in the water. These chemical elements help create a favorable environment for the microbes to feed properly. The microbes will eventually settle at the bottom and clean the water. As the microbes grow, they become food for the snails and worms in the water. As a result, the fish have food from a completely sustainable and clean process. The fish will also produce the excrements which will go back to the bottom of the tank, and the microbes can re-start producing food for the nails and worms. Everything works just like a chain-solution, a most ecologically friendly one.  This system offers the fish a beneficial ecosystem where they can thrive. 

The fish farm provides an innovative solution for the brewery to recycle their water, but that’s not all. The fish farm steps up on a financial level too in the befit of the brewery. In the past, the brewery had to pay separately for a service to clean up their water and take away the grain residue. Another company would take the grain waste away and then re-use it for compost. 
However, the brewery paid out almost $30,000 for these services alone. Today, this successful collaboration eliminates any costs, yet these two companies have created a truly sustainable and clean recycling concept. In fact, the companies have high hopes they will be able to build even more farms based on this sustainable procedure. The first harvest will take place next spring/summer, and the fish will go to local restaurants and markets. 

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Industrial Water Reuse On The Rise


This is the time of year when we all begin reflecting upon the past year and deciding what direction we want our companies to take next year.  Black and Veatch recently put out a comprehensive report entitled; 2016 Strategic Directions: Water Industry Report. The 2016 report is a quantitative analysis, conducted over the past year that identifies current trends and the continuous challenges faced by the water industry. They found that the top concern was the increased demand and raising cost to maintain and preserve the integrity of infrastructure systems due to population growth. The report finds the water industry rising to meet some the grandest challenges yet. Managing infrastructure maintenance cost, navigating capital investment with limited resources and engaging customers who may be questioning the cost or the safety of their supply are all top of mind for many of the experts that were surveyed. Fortunately, there are bright spots of innovation and new approaches in cities that are learning to do more with less. Many are exploring alternative water supply strategies and energy efficiency while others are testing advanced purification technologies. In addition, they found that the application of advanced data analytics insights offers opportunities to future-proof their systems.

According to the report, the importance and interest in alternative water supplies, such as water reuse, brackish groundwater, and desalination, continues to grow throughout U.S as organizations look to build diversified, resilient water supplies.

It can be seen from the survey results that non-potable reuse is finding its way as a good “middle ground” for utilities and the public to consider. The report also states that non-potable reuse for landscaping or industrial use enjoys solid public support, and respondents to the survey indicated a strong outlook for this type of program. They suggest that the Water Reuse industry is expected to grow significantly due to the due to the following factors:

  • Interest in industrial reuse

  • Capacity for growth

  • Utilities are increasingly willing to take on new areas that they’ve not delved into in the past.

According to the survey, nearly 25% of water utilities that serve power plants are implementing non-potable water reuse, a figure expected to rise another 10% over the next three years. Use of recycled water in cooling towers is also expected to nearly double in the next three years, from 16% to 30%, and data center reuse will fully double in usage. In fact, master planning for water reuse is another way to look at the broader acceptance of alternative water supplies. Nearly 50% of respondents say they either have or plan to develop a master plan for water reuse, which shows a broad consideration across the country. Given that these results are based on responses from the entire country and not just regional responses from arid states, they highlight the bright prospect of water reuse in the future.

However, despite all of the innovations and acceptance of industrial water reuse, the scale and nature of the challenges in the water industry – from climate change to legacies of underinvestment – call for alignment, leadership, shared responsibilities and collaboration go beyond business-as-usual. Water leaders from around the world will have to address the current water situation in collaborative ways to overcome water challenges faced by cities throughout the world.

As technology improves, the best industrial water treatment methods are going to shift the paradigm from treat to discharge to treat to reuse. This is the mantra that is being recited more frequently, in the US and the rest of the world. In developing countries, high water use companies are looking for ways to reduce and reverse the consumption of potable water, putting more clean water back into the system than they take out. For instance, bottling companies are being called on to not only reuse their process water but clean enough water to be able to help the local municipalities increase clean water output to relieve the strain that they impose on the treatment system. Treatment systems that can amplify processing by reuse and even initial processing of water sources at the least cost are in high demand. The Active Water Solutions (AWS) system has proven to be capable of such processing. Using proven biological methods which have low energy requirements as well as low initial and life time costs, the AWS system approach is well suited for a wide variety of both treat to discharge as well as treat to reuse applications.

If you are actively looking for wastewater treatment technology that has industrial reuse capabilities, contact us today to learn more about our advanced treatment technologies.

The Need For Better Wastewater Technologies in Rural America


We often hear about urbanization globally. More and more people are moving to the city. At the same time there are many people moving out of the city looking for a quieter and slower pace of life.  People looking for quiet green countryside, friendly neighborhoods, and pristine lakes, streams, and rivers. While these words conjure images of a Norman Rockwell existence the reality is that a number of households in many small and rural communities in the U.S. lack adequate facilities for the proper collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater not only protecting their quality of life but their health as well.

The average home in the US uses 75 to 100 gallons of water per person per day. When people "use" water it doesn't go away; it becomes dirty and is wastewater or sewage. We typically don’t even think about where our wastewater might go once it’s gone. Out of sight out of mind, Right? The reality is that that waste often wreaks havoc on our greater ecosystem if not disposed of properly. Wastewater contains pathogens (disease organisms), nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, etc.), solids (organic, inorganic), chemicals (from cleaners, disinfectants, medications) and water. Our poor environment can be decimated by all that we put into it. As individuals and members of a larger community, everyone must take responsibility for wastewater generated in their community. We need to start looking a new and improved ways of taking care of this unglamorous but highly important aspect of daily life.

To ensure ideal and most appropriate technology for the community, leadership must have clear goals and specific criteria during the decision process.  The wastewater treatment solution that is chosen must provide the community with effective and manageable wastewater treatment at a reasonable and viable cost.

It’s important to remember that no two communities will have the same criteria, location or soil conditions, so looking at packaged systems can be the most beneficial and easiest option. Packaged plants like the scalable and customizable packaged treatment plants manufactured by Active Water Solutions can be very effective in alleviating the treatment challenges rural communities face. The AWS packaged treatment plants can be an easier more plug and play option for those looking to keep costs at a minimum and avoiding major infrastructure debt. The AWS systems can serve communities of 100 residents to 1,500 residents with minimal service and operations cost over the lifetime of the product.

Engaging all of the members of the community early in the decision-making process leads to the best solutions and encourages responsibility. Finding appropriate technological solutions to a community's wastewater problems is the easy part because of technologies like the AWS packaged wastewater treatment solutions. Working together as a community can ultimately be the biggest challenge to overcome.

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Advanced Wastewater Technologies Helping Developing Countries


The World Millennium Development Goals were set up by the United Nations in 2000 in an effort to help solve our global poverty crisis by 2015. It’s now 2018 and we can look back fondly at all that was accomplished, as well as all that still needs much more work. 

According to the World Bank, sanitation was one of the most off-track Millennium Development Goals (MDG) globally. Only 68% of the world’s population has access to improved sanitation, but 70% of the Sub-Saharan Africa population and 53% of South Asia still lack access. The world missed the MDG target for sanitation by almost 700 million people. Lack of sanitation not only causes major health related issues but it also holds back economic growth.

The economic losses that were found were mainly due to premature death, cost of treatment in healthcare facilities and lost productivity due to contaminated water systems. Lack of treatment has profound long-term impacts on populations.

Most people cite the high cost of implementing sanitation technologies and infrastructure as a barrier but the reality is that the cost of not implementing sanitation services and infrastructure can mean even higher costs in the long run. Many countries don’t put sanitation on the top of the priority list because many are dealing with political unrest, food supply issues as well as education and medical treatment of their citizens.  Many countries are dealing in the near term because they can’t look beyond what is happening today.  The long term strategy can be challenging,  making it only more costly. Most people are aware that poor sanitation has a health impact, but there is a lack of awareness of the extent of the economic implications as well. 

Many of our global urban centers are in desperate need of infrastructure upgrades due to rapidly growing urban populations. With advancements in wastewater sanitation technologies like Active Water Solutions we can help move the needle by decreasing waterborne illnesses and reusing the valuable but limited resources that are available.

The infographic below shows the real cost of prolonging sanitation development globally.