It may not be mentioned as Ryan Seacrest begins the countdown on New Year’s Eve, but a few treatment plants scattered across the country may recall 2015 as the year of ballasted treatment.
When describing its BioMag and CoMag systems on Water Online Radio during WEFTEC, Evoqua Water Technologies’ director of municipal marketing Paul Rice called it a “banner year for those treatment technologies.” The systems use iron ore or magnetite to weigh down chemical or biological floc, making it settle faster. In BioMag’s case, faster settling means that plants can utilize a smaller clarifier or conduct more treatment in the existing one.
Given the recent introduction of these technologies (Evoqua itself is only two years old), Rice’s enthusiasm for ballasted treatment this year is mostly fueled by the fact that engineers and municipalities now have the chance to see it in action.
“This is a conservative industry, and rightfully so,” he said. “Let people see what’s going on and share those successes. That’s why I’m really excited about the BioMag and CoMag. We had such a great year. We’re going to have another twenty plants operating around the country, where people are going to be able to stop by and kick the tires.”
To hear more about the “year of ballasted treatment,” plus Evoqua’s MBR and SND technologies, tune in below.