The problems and limitations of the centralized approaches for wastewater treatment are progressively surfacing. Centralized wastewater collection and treatment systems are costly to build and operate, especially in areas with lower population densities and more dispersed households.
Developing countries lack both the funding to construct centralized facilities and the technical expertise to manage and operate them. Further, installing them retrospectively is not economically or practically viable.
Decentralized Treatment By contrast, small scale decentralized treatment and water reuse in the community is gaining more attention as a very effective water management model for both developed and developing nations. Decentralization negates the need to build extensive wastewater collection networks and enables water reuse to help deliver local water security.
Decentralization is not only a long-term solution for smaller communities but is more reliable and cost effective.
Technical selection is crucial in decentralized applications as these often receive highly variable flows and loadings, making it very difficult to consistently meet the treatment standards required. In addition, smaller communities operate on small budgets and have minimal skilled staff.
Technology providers have varied little in their approach to this problem; still relying on costly and complex biological processes designed for larger systems, whose limitations remain unresolved.
An innovative solution was needed.
As nature has spent millions of years evolving very efficient biological and chemical processes; Algaewheel looked to these systems (biomimicry) for inspiration. The result is a revolutionary technology that uses daylight to power a superior treatment biology, providing advanced treatment with little energy or complex operations, transforming the cost and performance of decentralized treatment systems.
- Treats to most stringent standards
- Tolerates low and variable flows
- No complex process control
- Reduced skilled operation
- Ultra Low energy use
- Can provide water suitable for reuse
- Cost-effective, modular/expandable design
- Contemporary ecostructure
- No odor