Water, November 2012: "Improving Treatment to Improve Treatment: How a New Wastewater System Saved Soyo Hospital"

" ... Governmental leaders in Angola, Africa … (partnered with) a consortium of oil and gas companies and local stakeholders called Angola LNG to identify priority rehabilitation projects across the country … The expansion and renovation of Soyo Municipal Hospital was labeled as one of these projects, in hopes of increasing the hospital’s capacity so it could continue to provide sufficient medical services to the local community. A new and more reliable (wastewater) treatment system was necessary to keep the hospital running effectively. 

"… The hospital sits on fine, sandy soil and has a high water table during the rainy season, making the site unsuitable for a standard septic tank and drainfield. The hospital originally received a proposal for a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) … Although MBRs are an effective wastewater treatment system, they require a reliable source of electricity, a ready supply of chemicals, and regular operator attention. These requirements can pose difficulties in a remote location.   

"Angola LNG special projects construction superintendent Gary Bridier had concerns. Bridier had worked in Africa for more than 20 years and knew that there had to be a more appropriate and sustainable solution for the hospital’s wastewater treatment plant than what he’d seen so far.  In June of 2011, Bridier began to research alternative wastewater treatment technologies. His search led him to Orenco Systems, a leader in the decentralized wastewater industry, which has decades of experience supplying wastewater equipment to Africa and other parts of the world. ..."

Environmental Science & Engineering, November 2012, p. 10: "Self Contained Effluent Sewer System Allows Development of an Alberta Green Community"

"A farmer and landholder wanted to create a planned residential community on his family's property near Sherwood Park, Alberta, while preserving its existing wetlands and green areas. For years, Sten Berg envisioned a planned community of single-family homes coexisting with a nature preserve and large open spaces. However, wastewater treatment issues and regulations regarding lot size threatened to nullify his plans.

"Berg continuously petitioned Alberta regulators to allow him to install an [Orenco] effluent sewer system to collect wastewater from his mater-planned community and treat it with a cost-effective packed-bed treatment system. After eight years of petitioning, he was granted permission to install the system. In 2006, Habitat Acres became the first self-contained effluent sewer community in this fast-growing province."

Water & Wastes Digest, November 2012: "Small Infrastructure, Big Results"

" ... To serve the subdivisions springing up throughout western Mobile County, SAU was encouraged to break into the wastewater business by a local developer, Steve Brewer. Brewer, a partner with his son at Brewer Homes, was having a difficult time locating land where he could install conventional septic systems, and sought alternatives. Brewer’s search led him to Kevin White, Ph.D., P.E., a professor and chair of civil engineering at the University of South Alabama, who advocates utility-managed decentralized wastewater treatment (DWWT), including effluent sewers.

"Before entering into the DWWT business, SAU did its homework and sent a board member and two consulting engineers from Speaks & Associates to visit Orenco Systems, manufacturers of effluent sewer equipment. During the visit, they toured nearby effluent sewer communities.

" 'I was impressed with the longevity of the systems and how little maintenance they required,' said Mikell Speaks, a consulting engineer with Speaks & Associates. 'I spoke with one technician who said he felt like the Maytag repairman; he received maybe two calls a year.' "

Water Environment & Technology, October 2012: "Problem Solvers: Mt. Union"

"With a population of 107, the small town of Mt. Union, Iowa, relied on individual onsite septic tanks for wastewater management, with no secondary treatment. But without regular maintenance, many of these outdated conventional systems failed, leading to widespread releases of untreated wastewater into a local creek.

"The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) cited Mt. Union for inadequate wastewater treatment and mandated that the community make improvements. The department issued permit requirements that the town meet specific concentrations for several parameters ... To meet these requirements for an anticipated 56,800 L/d (15,000 gal/d), the town sought an alternative wastewater treatment solution. When looking for new treatment options, minimizing capital and life-cycle costs was a priority because the small rural community has a median household income of just $27,500.

"... According to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Awards Subcommittee, "Orenco’s design is cost-effective, innovative and useful for small and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. As WEF members in small communities face ever-increasing regulatory requirements, Orenco’s cost-effective, reliable AdvanTex design comes along at the right time to help produce cleaner water and meet NPDES [National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System] permit requirements.” The committee selected the system to receive WEF’s 2011 Innovative Technology Award."

WaterWorld, August 2012: "Effluent Only Sewers Offer Alternative to Traditional Systems"

"Everyone in the wastewater industry is familiar with the challenges faced by small communities that need to upgrade aging infrastructure and failing septic systems or simply meet demands for new development. These communities typically lack the population base and/or median incomes to support a conventional sewer solution. Meanwhile, permit limits for wastewater discharges continue to tighten.

"Over the past 30 years, the technology for 'effluent-only sewers' has been optimized, and these systems are spreading widely. When good quality equipment is used and when systems are properly installed and operated, they are watertight, discharge no untreated sewage, use little power, and provide passive, natural primary treatment in each resident's on-lot tank, reducing downstream treatment costs."

Mid-Canada Forestry & Mining, Summer 2012, p. 22: "Remote Wastewater Systems"

" 'Everything about the site was a challenge -- the remoteness of the camp, lack of roads, the terrain with glaciers and cold temperatures and high winds,' Eerik Lilles says as he recalls the installation of the wastewater system at the Pretivm mining camp in Northern British Columbia last fall.

" ' ... The only solution was Orenco's AdvanTex AX-Mobile system,' Lilles says. 'It looks like a shipping container that would be transported by rail or boat. But it's actually a watertight fiberglass container that was trucked up the coast from Oregon to Prince Rupert. For the final leg of the journey it was helicoptered into the camp.' "

Treatment Plant Operator, April 2012: "Cow Creek SCADA Case Study"

"The Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe in Canyonville, Ore., owns the Seven Feathers casino, hotels, a recreational vehicle park, and other businesses. As the facilities expanded, the tribe needed monitoring equipment for its water, graywater, and wastewater treatment systems.

" ... Engineers at Orenco Controls designed seven custom TeleComm (TCOM) Affordable SCADA control panels programmed for peer-to-peer networking via a fiber and Ethernet network with operator control and monitoring via TELNET. Once the expansion was completed, the panels were reprogrammed to work with a SCADA system using RSView software from Allen Bradley. No new hardware was required."

Gas, Oil, & Mining Contractor, March 2012: "Castle Resources Case Study"

"Castle Resources, a mining company based in Canada, needed temporary wastewater treatment for a 50-person mining camp in remote northern British Columbia. It had to be easily transportable and withstand the extreme conditions of this harsh climate, while maintaining effluent discharge targets of 30/30 mg/l BOD5 and TSS.

" ... (The company) retained engineer Eerik Lilles of Wildernest Systems Inc. 'To be honest, from an engineering perspective there were very few options for this site,' he said. 'The camp is built on tailings from the mine, so it’s obviously unsuitable for any kind of outhouse setup.' Lilles contacted Tristian Bounds, P.E., at Orenco Systems, and the two designed an AdvanTex AX-Mobile unit specific to project constraints."

Environmental Science & Engineering, February 2012, p. 55: "Creating a Scalable Wastewater Solution for a PEI Tourist Town"

"When the picturesque, rural fishing village of Victoria, Prince Edward Island, needed to replace its antiquated, failing septic systems, community officials looked for a cost-effective solution suited to the unique requirements of their location. In order to plan for new development, the treatment system had to be scalable to accommodate the highly variable daily flows that are customary for a popular summer vacation destination.

"After careful consideration, Victoria's decision makers chose an Orenco Effluent Sewer and AdvanTex Treatment System because of its effectiveness and low operating and lifetime costs ... 'The new system has been a stimulus for expansion in our tourism businesses, and has allowed our residential population to dramatically increase,' said Hilary Price, administrator for the community of Victoria."

American Liquid Wastes Magazine, February 2012: "Have a Crisis? Orenco Systems, Inc. to the Rescue"

"A year ago last November, St. Lucia was ravaged by a severe hurricane. Hurricane Tomas caused the Caribbean island to look like a war zone and destroyed part of the Jalousie Plantation Resort. That’s when Orenco Systems, Inc. swooped in and saved the day.

"When nearly half of the 110-suite resort was destroyed by mudslides, its wastewater treatment facility was destroyed, too. They were in immediate need of a wastewater treatment plant in order to get the 60 suites not destroyed by the hurricane up and running in time for Christmas, the resort’s peak season ... 'What it came down to was nobody could meet the timeframe … except Orenco. It was a pretty obvious choice once we said, ‘Yes, we will get it done for you.' "


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Awards and Recognition






  • SHARP Program Completion Award: Orenco recently completed OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), a five-year certification program for companies that are committed to ensuring a safe workplace for their employees.







  • Best Performing Technology, Maryland Department of the Environment, AdvanTex Treatment Systems
  • First Approved Nitrogen-Reducing 
    On-lot System, Verified by NSF, Pennsylvania Technology Verification Program, AdvanTex Treatment Systems
  • ACEC Diamond Award East Salem, Pennsylvania, AdvanTex Treatment System


  • World's Best Environmental Development, EcoVillage at Currumbin, Australia, Effluent Sewer and AdvanTex Treatment System
  • Qualified, Green Building Council's LEED Silver Rating, Esther's Island Retreat, Nantucket, Massachusetts, AdvanTex Treatment Systems



  • First Effluent Sewer System in Ireland, Kiltillane, Templemore, Co. Tipperary, Orenco Effluent Sewer and AdvanTex Treatment System



  • First Effluent Sewer System in Alberta, Habitat Acres, AB, Canada, Orenco Effluent Sewer and AdvanTex Treatment System
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Detroit, Illinois, AdvanTex Treatment System
  • One of Portland Business Journal's "100 Fastest-Growing Companies in Oregon"



  • Selected for NDWRCDP Case Studies, Decentralized Wastewater Systems, Mobile, Alabama, Including Orenco Effluent Sewers and AdvanTex Treatment Systems
  • GBC's First LEED Platinum-Rated Building, Audubon Education Center, Los Angeles, California, AdvanTex Treatment System



  • AIA's "Top 10 Green Buildings 2002,"Island wood Environmental Learning Center, Bainbridge Island, Washington, AdvanTex Treatment System
  • Nova Scotia's Municipal InNOVA Award, Little Dover, Nova Scotia, Orenco Effluent Sewer System



  • Vermont Engineering's Grand Award, Warren Elementary School, Warren, Vermont, AdvanTex Treatment System



  • Statewide Demonstration Project, Alternative Wastewater Systems in Illinois, New Minden, Illinois, Orenco Effluent Sewer System