May 20, 2009

Bord na Móna to Offer New Rainwater Harvesting Products, Membrane System

Company’s new offerings will include rainwater harvesting products, new compact membrane system and greywater residential recycling system

Bord na Móna Environmental Products U.S., Inc., the American market subsidiary of the $550-million Bord na Móna group based in Dublin, Ireland, has announced plans to introduce a complete range of rainwater harvesting products as well a new compact membrane for residential wastewater reuse/recycling applications.

According to Shane Keaney, president of Bord na Mona Environmental Products U.S., Inc., Bord na Mona will soon begin providing a complete range of residential & commercial rainwater harvesting products. The company will offer packaged solutions directly to green-build developers, self-builders and to homeowners retrofitting rainwater recycling into their houses. It will also offer skid-mounted units and recycling components to builders and owners of commercial properties, such as schools, universities, office buildings and for industrial water reuse applications.

The company has also started offering a packaged subsurface drip irrigation solution, which incorporates an upstream filter and the required controls. Drip irrigation conserves water by distributing treated wastewater rather than using potable water and can provide the fertilizer compounds necessary for plant growth.

Already a provider of a zero-energy, high-performance residential wastewater treatment solution with its Puraflo Peat Fiber Biofilter system, and a range of decentralized wastewater treatment technologies, Bord na Mona announced that it would soon introduce its PuraMc Compact Membrane system, and is developing a greywater recycling system for the U.S. residential market. In doing so, the company will be able to offer a complete range of residential water reuse solutions and leverage its experience in offering water recycling products in European markets.

The PuraMc bioreactor has been designed to reduce the operation and maintenance requirements compared to other residential membrane systems while providing a water quality suitable for non-potable reuse applications such as toilet flushing, and irrigation. “The PuraMc Compact Membrane Bioreactor system achieves high-quality effluent that meets water reuse and stringent Total Nitrogen standards within a greatly reduced overall footprint,” Keaney explained.

The PuraMc system uses ultrafiltration membranes to remove solids and pathogens from the wastewater without the need for chlorination or UV while the biological process removes constituents such as BOD, nitrogen and phosphorus. The advanced treatment is provided by the extremely small pore size of the membrane, smaller than any bacteria, creating the physical barrier that ensures the high water quality standard.

“We believe that the use of rainwater, greywater and wastewater reuse systems will increase dramatically throughout the United States over the next several years as drought restrictions expand, new water reuse regulations are introduced and a greater consumer environmental consciousness solidifies,” Keaney said. “We want to be able to offer a solution that can reuse every drop of water by combining wastewater recycling with rainwater harvesting.”

“It’s time to forge a new contract with nature,” Keaney said. “All of us have a responsibility to protect the environment we live in. The solutions being introduced today reinforce and extend our commitment to offering sustainable approaches to wastewater pollution, water conservation and clean air technologies for municipalities, communities, and homeowners.”

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