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Santa Paula's MBR Basis of Design and Construction Update

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This paper will present the basis of design for the first large membrane bioreactor (MBR) installation to employ a single header membrane module in North America. An MBR is a treatment process that combines biological wastewater treatment and membrane filtration into one unit process, producing a consistently high quality effluent in an extremely compact footprint. The City of Santa Paula, California has selected the team of Pacific Environment Resource Corporation (PERC), Alinda Capital, LLC., Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering (PACE), and Trussell Technologies, Inc. to design, build, operate and finance (DBOF) a 7.2 MGD peak day flow (10.4 MGD peak hour) MBR facility. This paper will present the details of the biological design, the MBR facility design features, the issues considered and addressed during design such as biological foam control and the ability to sustain peak flows, along with a construction update with photos of the facility under construction. With energy-conscious equipment selection, this facility promises to be one of the most energy-efficient MBR installations in the world.

Keywords: Wastewater recycling; biological foam; membrane bioreactor; peak flux

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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