Mines opens onsite wastewater treatment facility
GOLDEN, Colo., Feb. 17, 2009 – Colorado School of Mines Advanced Water Treatment Center (AQWATEC) has opened a pilot-scale wastewater reclamation facility on the school’s campus in Golden.
This facility significantly enhances Mines’ position at the research forefront of onsite/decentralized wastewater treatment, water reclamation, and sustainable sanitation concepts. The unique facility is a result of a partnership between AQWATEC, Mines’ Small Flows Program and Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc.
AQWATEC officials envision the system will provide not only a showcase project for innovative decentralized treatment system at Mines, but also a seed for additional demonstration-scale research in the area of energy efficient sanitation concepts and local water reuse schemes.
Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc. is an industry leader in the design, application and manufacture of wastewater treatment equipment. The company has developed a new hybrid system using sequencing batch reactors coupled with membrane bioreactors for decentralized applications and approached AQWATEC to test their first system under field conditions.
During 2008, Mines researchers identified and established a new site to test this system. Beginning this month, the system treats almost the entire wastewater flow generated by the Mines Park student housing community, about 400 apartments, and provides a water quality that is suitable for direct discharge as well as non-potable reuse.
AQWATEC was established in 2006 to support the advancement of Mines thrust areas of water and renewable energy and to advance the science of emerging water treatment processes/hybrids enabling sustainable and energy efficient utilization of impaired water sources for potable and non-potable water supplies.
Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, the School has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's resources. For more information about Colorado School of Mines, visit www.mines.edu.
Karen Gilbert, Public Relations Specialist