Pentair's ECOPOD-D Offers Versatility

Versatile, submerged fixed film treatment system suits a wide range of flows.
Pentair's ECOPOD-D Offers Versatility
Tim Smith of Pentair Flow Technologies, talks about the ECOPOD-D advanced wastewater treatment system at the 2015 WWETT Show. The system can be configured to treat 1,500 to 100,000 gpd.

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The ECOPOD-D advanced wastewater treatment system is versatile. The staff from Pentair Flow Technologies wanted attendees at the 2015 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show to take that idea away.

The unit is a fit for anything from duplexes to large schools, subdivisions and even communities, according to Tim Smith, regional sales manager. “This is a system that can treat anywhere from 1,500 all the way up to 100,000 gpd,” says Smith. “It’s a great fit for an application that doesn’t have an operator looking it over daily. It only requires periodic attention.”

The ECOPOD-D is simple in design, requires minimal maintenance and is effective in treating BOD, TSS and nitrogen, according to the company. It is a larger, commercial version of Delta Environmental’s NSF-certified ECOPOD single-family residential unit.

“It basically takes a proven system for residential wastewater treatment and expands the technology into larger applications,” says Smith. “It’s an all-in-one system that can be installed quickly and easily. It’s designed as a replacement for standard package plants.”

It reduces nutrients, BOD and TSS in a single tank. The intra-tank bioreactor can be integrated into typical wastewater tanks, including steel, stainless steel or concrete structures. Its submerged fixed film process is marketed as stable, reliable and sturdy.

It has an efficient removal process and is simple to operate, with no valves or controls to manage. It produces low sludge volume, helping reduce removal costs. It produces no mixed liquor suspended solids, eliminating washouts. One unit can handle smaller, intermittent flows, while units can be installed in succession to handle large flows.

“Because we’re talking about a modular unit, operating multiple ECOPOD-D units in succession can be a nice solution for larger flows,” says Smith. “Pentair feels that the decentralized wastewater treatment market has large growth potential, so our goal is to provide products that fit the largest need.”

Smith says customers asked for a product requiring little operator oversight and equipped to meet changing discharge requirements. “Basically, as the laws change, a lot of people are looking for other options to adapt wastewater treatment,” he says. “This unit is great for them because of its high removal rate of BOD, TSS and nitrogen. When the company built this product, it not only looked at where the regulations are now, but where they’re predicted to go in the future.”

Smith was enthused by the traffic Pentair’s display received. “We’ve had a lot of great questions this week, which tells me that this crowd likes to keep their fingers on the pulse of the industry,” he says.

Smith says Pentair is already working on new products to tackle more stringent regulations. “Lately we are seeing a huge increase in the importance of phosphorus reduction in addition to increased nitrogen reduction,” he says. “I think that’s the direction everyone is headed.” 800/219-9183;


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