Welcome to Orenco's Designer/Engineer Update. Here you'll find more information about items from our e-mailed newsletter.
Affordable Blow-Molded Tank Now Available for Orenco Effluent Sewers
Orenco and Roth Global Plastics have just signed an exclusive
agreement to allow Orenco to sell Roth HDPE blow-molded tanks into
Orenco Effluent Sewers in North America. HDPE blow-molded tanks provide a
cost-effective, lightweight, consistent, and watertight vessel that
simplifies the installation process. All Roth tanks used in effluent
sewer applications will be sourced through Orenco.
“We’ve been evaluating thermoplastic tanks for years, and this is the
only one that has ever met Orenco’s specifications,” said Grant Denn,
Engineered Systems Manager.
The Roth tanks are being fitted with a new, Orenco-designed tank
adapter that provides a watertight, structural joint with appropriate
risers. According to VP of Product Development Eric Ball, “We require
watertight tanks in all our systems, including risers, joints, and
penetrations. To create a watertight, structural joint between the tank
and riser, we developed a Roth Tank Adapter Kit that includes the new
tank adapter, stainless steel screws, and sealant.”
For more information about Orenco Effluent Sewers, click here.
Campgrounds, Rest Areas, Recreational Facilities: All Ideal for AdvanTex
Engineers designing wastewater projects for campgrounds and
recreational facilities are discovering that “packed bed filter”
technologies in general — and AdvanTex in particular — are
ideal. Consequently, they’ve installed AdvanTex systems on more than 100
projects. These kinds of projects have special design considerations:
- Highly variable flows
- Prolonged periods of low flows or disuse (seasonal use)
- Environmentally sensitive locations
- Minimal maintenance requirements
AdvanTex filters start up quickly and can handle a wide range of
flows. In fact, unlike more conventional activated sludge technologies,
AdvanTex actually performs even better at low loading rates.
In addition, because AdvanTex systems produce outstanding
effluent (<10/10 BOD/TSS, with significant TN and NH3-N reduction),
they can meet the strict discharge limits often found in environmentally
sensitive locales or on projects with NPDES requirements. And because
they have a small footprint, don’t use a noisy blower, and don’t produce
odors, they’re practically invisible to visitors. Finally, they can be
easily maintained; so no advanced operator training is required.
The Bee Run Day Use Area on Sutton Lake in West Virginia is a good example. For a case study on Bee Run, click here. Orenco is currently working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on another recreational facility in West Virginia, as well.
Get more information about Orenco’s campground solutions here.
Talking to Your VCOM Panel Just Got Easier
For the past several years, Orenco has offered a Bluetooth device and
software program — BT-VCOM — for wireless connectivity and real-time
communication with Orenco’s VeriComm (VCOM) remote telemetry control
panels (used in residential applications).
Recently, BT-VCOM’s functionality and graphical interfaces have been
improved. You can now upload programs and software to VCOM boards and
check phone or internet connections at the site. Analytical functions
have been upgraded too. Plus BT-VCOM software is now available for Mac
and Windows PC’s, as well as for Windows Mobile (versions 5, 6, and
If you’re a current VCOM user, you can download the latest version of
BT-VCOM by logging onto www.vericomm.net and clicking on the “Help and
Resources” link. Then click the link for BT-VCOM. While you’re there, be
sure to download the newly revised version of the VeriComm User Manual. If you just want more information about BT-VCOM, call an Orenco Tech Sales Rep at 800-348-9843 or 541-459-4449.
Free “TCOM Viewer” Now in Beta-Testing
A user-friendly “TCOM Viewer” Windows Application for Orenco’s
affordable SCADA line of real-time telemetry control panels is now being
beta-tested and will be available after the first of the year.
“One reason why our TCOM commercial-scale SCADA panels are so
affordable is that the fancy software interfaces and graphics that help
operators view system information remotely have always been an optional
‘add-on,’” said Brent Ballow, Controls Division manager. “Our customers
on limited budgets have been able to save money by opting for the
generic ‘HyperTerminal’ software that used to come free with every
Windows PC. But HyperTerminal is not free any longer, and we knew we
could simplify some of the functions. So we’ve been developing a better
solution. And it will still be FREE for any functions that were
previously possible with HyperTerminal.”
The basic version of Orenco’s new TCOM Viewer will feature:
- Compatibility with virtually all Orenco TCOM panels
- New screen color choices for better visibility
- “Double-click to select” mouse interface for menu items
- Easy storage of site info for multiple sites
- Simple, “click and choose” log retrieval with the ability to constrain log data by date
- Built-in graphing and plotting of log data
- Easy log data exports to Excel
- Ability to upload program and firmware to control panels (contact Orenco Controls for more details regarding this function)
According to Ballow, there WILL be an optional user-friendly “Graphic
View” available for purchase. For more information and pricing, call
one of our Controls Engineers at 800-348-9843 or 541-459-4449.
See the Supersized AX-MAX™ at WEF in New Orleans Oct. 4-6
Orenco is showing a scale model of its latest AdvanTex Textile
Treatment System — the AdvanTex-MAX™ Wastewater Treatment Plant— at
WEFTEC, Oct. 4-6, Booth #7451.
The AdvanTex-MAX is a modular, fully plumbed wastewater treatment
plant for commercial, residential, municipal, and mobile applications.
Bury it, berm it, or leave it above-ground to disconnect and redeploy.
It's ideal for decentralized applications with medium-to-large flows
(5000 gpd and up) and for permits requiring secondary treatment or
better, since it can treat blackwater and graywater to re-use levels.
Like all AdvanTex treatment systems, the MAX is easily serviceable
and highly energy efficient, using only 3 kWh of electricity per 1000
treated gallons. The AdvanTex-MAX is built inside an insulated
fiberglass tank that is durable, lightweight, and watertight. Tanks
range from 20 ft to 40 ft in length and can be installed singly or in
Visit Us at West Coast Green in San Francisco, Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Chris Helliwell, Orenco’s Western Regional Account Manager, will be
showcasing the environmental benefits of Orenco's technologies at West
Coast Green in San Francisco, at the Fort Mason Center. Stop by and
talk with him at booth #544. Or, to set up an appointment, e-mail him at
New 4-in-1 Control Panel Simplifies Inventory
new 4-in-1 control panel is versatile and flexible. It’s allows you to
spec a single panel for multiple designs and applications, including ...
- On-demand dosing
- Timed dosing
- 115 volts
- 230 volts
For installers and service providers, the 4-in-1 control panel means
they’ll always have the right panel in stock, in their, truck, or at the
job site. For more information, call your local Orenco distributor, or
call an Orenco tech sales rep: 800-348-9843.
Updated Custom Controls Brochure Now Available
manufactures more than 20,000 control panels a year, many of which come
out of our custom panel shop. We build panels for industrial process
controls, as well as for water/wastewater applications and environmental
monitoring. Our completely updated Custom Controls brochure includes
additional information on VFDs, PLCs, TCOM/SCADA, and more. It also
describes the quality control and safety standards we adhere to as both a
UL 508A and UL 698A shop.
Order Spanish Versions of Brochures, Manuals, Documents
If you have Spanish-speaking customers, you’ll want to know that a
number of our most important brochures and documents have been
translated into Spanish and will be available to order by Oct. 1. They
include the following:
- ProSTEP brochure (ProSTEP Sistemas de Bombeo para Efluentes)
- AdvanTex AX100 brochure (Sistemas de Tratamiento AdvanTex AX100)
- AdvanTex AX100 O&M Manual (Manual de Operacion y Mantenimiento AdvanTex)
- AdvanTex AX100 Design Criteria (Criterios de Diseno de AdvanTex: Para Aplicaciones Comerciales y Multifamiliares)
- Orenco Effluent Sewer brochure (Canerias Para Efluentes Orenco)
And, as a reminder, we still have a Spanish-language version of our
basic O&M Manual for residential customers. To order, call an Orenco
tech sales rep at 800-348-9843 or +1 (541) 459-4449.
Explore Our New Web Site
Pop the cork! Orenco Systems has just updated its corporate Web site. (And it’s about time!)
As a wastewater system designer or engineer, you may be especially interested in the new Technical Resources and News sections and, of course, the entire Engineered Solutions market area. We've also added a new Regulatory Resources area with state-by-state approval information.
Regulators, Installers Embrace AX20-RT
In the six months since the AdvanTex AX20-RT made its first
appearance at the Washington Onsite Sewage Association's 2010
conference, Orenco's "plug & play" advanced textile treatment system
has been approved in more than 20 regulatory jurisdictions. Additional
approvals are pending in half a dozen others.
"It's being widely
accepted in the regulatory community," says Sam Carter, Orenco's
Government Relations Manager. "NSF approved the AX20-RT last year as an
equivalent to the AX20. So it has a Standard 40 listing, suitable for
applications needing BOD/TSS reductions to <10 mg/L and
nitrogen-reduction of 60-70 percent or better."
assess the RT's nitrogen-reduction capabilities under "real-life"
conditions, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has added
the RT to its one-year field trials program. Twelve RTs were installed
in a matter of weeks, and MDE subsequently removed any limits on the
number of systems that could be installed in the state. "When the
regulators saw the product, they saw it really was equivalent to an
AX20," said distributor Bob Johnson, Atlantic Solutions. "Same media,
pump vault, pump, and control panel."
According to Johnson,
designers and their customers lean towards the RT whenever there's an
existing tank, discharge pump requirement, small lot, or access issue.
And installers lean towards the RT because it can be installed in
half-a-day: "They're done by lunch and putting the tools in the truck."
Darren Simmie, Orenco's director of sales, agrees. "Many installers are
quoting it the way they'd quote the install of a 1000-gal. tank. It's a
shallow install, with inlet and outlet plumbing. That's it."
The AX20-RT has been APPROVED in the following jurisdictions:
Alberta, Arkansas, British Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland,
Missouri, Nevada County (CA), Oregon, Ohio, Oregon, Sonoma County (CA),
South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia,
Washington, West Virginia
The RT also has approvals PENDING in the following jurisdictions:
Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee
For more information, contact Orenco at 800-348-9843 or +1-541-459-4449.
Upcoming Trainings at Orenco Cover Community and Residential Design Topics
our headquarters in Sutherlin, Oregon, we have an AdvanTex Boot Camp, a Control Panels training, and a Pumps training
scheduled for August 16-19. Although these are aimed at installers and
service providers, they can benefit residential system designers who
want to know more about how our systems work.
Treatment Configurations for Nitrogen Reduction
For commercial-scale projects facing nitrogen requirements, AdvanTex can be
used in specific treatment train configurations to meet those stringent
For ammonia (NH3-N) requirements, a Two-Stage AdvanTex
system can get the job done, with minimal operator input. Orenco can assist with
sizing and historical performance data. See our case studies on Truesdale,
Iowa and Class VI Resort, West Virginia for examples.
For total nitrogen (TN) projects, AdvanTex has been partnered with
carbonaceous upflow filters to reduce average TN by over 90%. Designers
can confidently expect performance below 10 mg/L, like that achieved at
Rancho Encantado, New Mexico or Malibu Creek Plaza, California.
To learn more and download case studies, visit our new Nitrogen Solutions page.
Control Panels for Industrial Markets
Orenco's standard and custom control panels are becoming increasingly
popular for applications other than water/wastewater. Our industrial
panels include motor and valve controls and a variety of functions for
energy efficiency, such as variable frequency drives and reduced voltage
starters. They also include alarms, monitoring systems, programmable
logic, graphical interfaces, touchscreens, etc.
Orenco's industrial controls can be found in facilities that produce
heavy equipment, cables, composite products, filtration devices, and
more. To spread the word, Orenco Controls managers are heading to PTXi
next month -- an international process equipment show -- and they've
completed a major update to their Web site: www.orencocontrols.com. You
can go straight to the page about controls for industrial process equipment. Or, to talk shop, contact Jerry Snyder, Sales Manager, at (877) 257-8712 (toll-free in USA) or (541)-459-6917, x273.
Check Out Our New "Green" Case Studies
Projects using Orenco's environmentally sustainable, "green"
technologies are earning LEED credits, winning awards, and earning lots
of "first of its kind" designations in jurisdictions all over the world.
Not to mention producing re-use quality effluent!
We've profiled three of these projects in our new "Green Case Study"
series. For the residential market, check out our Esther's Island
Retreat case study, which describes a solar-powered AX20 Treatment
System on an off-the-grid cottage located on a small island adjacent to
For the commercial market, check out our Audubon Education Center
case study, which describes an AdvanTex Treatment System for an
educational facility in Debs Park, Los Angeles, that earned the Green
Building Council's first-ever Platinum LEED rating.
For the new development market, check out our Habitat Acres case
study, which describes an Orenco Effluent Sewer and AdvanTex AX100
Treatment System for a planned community near Calgary, in Alberta ...
the first effluent sewer ever approved in that province.
You can see all these case studies at our Sustainability Advantages Web page.
Also, for more information on how to earn LEED credits for your Orenco-equipped projects, here are two helpful documents:
Introducing AdvanTex AX20-RT: Performs Like AdvanTex,
Installs Like a Tank
Orenco's new AdvanTex AX20-RT Residential Wastewater Treatment
System is a completely pre-packaged "plug & play" AX20 that installs
as easily as a septic tank. The AX20-RT combines the recirc, treatment,
and discharge modules of a standard AX20 system into a single,
shallowly buried unit, reducing excavation, installation, and service
The AX20-RT is an economical system for residential sites where an
old system has failed but the existing septic tank is still usable. It's
also ideal for small sites and those requiring shallow excavations.
The AX20-RT produces the same outstanding, re-use quality effluent
produced by a standard AX20 and has been approved by NSF as an
More information, including installation instructions, is available at the AX20-RT page.
Introducing Landscape Lids™:
So Real, You'll Want to Mow, Rake, or Shovel Them
Orenco has developed new Landscape Lids™ with photographic designs that
blend into landscaping. Grass, bark mulch, and river rock patterns are
available. Like all Orenco's fiberglass lids, Landscape Lids are
watertight, strong, and durable. In fact, they can support a 2500-lb
Use Landscape Lids to provide a secure covering for septic system
risers and irrigation valve boxes. Stainless steel hex-drive screws and
hex key are included. For a higher level of protection, tamper-proof
bolts are optional.
We have round Landscape Lids with 18-in., 24-in., and 30-in.
diameters. We also have rectangular lids for our AdvanTex AX20 and AX100
So get real! Call your Orenco distributor for details. Or call Orenco at (800) 348-9843.
Dozens of Wineries Choose AdvanTex
Wineries generate high-strength wastewater when they clean their
equipment between batches. The AdvanTex Treatment System is well suited
for wineries because it can accommodate highly variable flows. Orenco
has provided wastewater treatment systems for dozens of wineries.
For example, Bin to Bottle, a custom-crush winery in Napa,
California, recently chose an AdvanTex system to pretreat its process
water before discharging it to a municipal sewer. Because of the
modular nature of the AdvanTex system, Bin to Bottle was able to start
operations with a single AX100 pod. As their production volume grew,
they added a second and third pod. The system now accommodates design
flows of 1500 gpd, with peak flows of 2500 gpd. Wastewater is treated to
an average of 98 mg/L BOD5 and 63 mg/L TSS.
To learn more about the design of wastewater treatment systems for
wineries, visit our Solutions for Wineries page, where you can download
the Bin to Bottle Case Study and contact our engineers.
Orenco's First Effluent Sewer Approved in Australia
An Orenco Effluent Sewer supplied by Innoflow Australia Pty. will be
installed this year for Yarra Valley Water, in Victoria, Australia. Yarra Valley Water
chose Orenco's system to serve 91 new homes in the town of Kinglake
West, one of the communities destroyed by the 2009 bush fires. The Orenco
Effluent Sewer won out over several alternatives, including a grinder
In lifetime cost, ease of maintenance, and convenience to customers,
effluent sewers have many advantages over grinder sewers. We've
prepared a document, Considering a Pressure Sewer?, that summarizes
these advantages. You can download it and other materials from the
Effluent Sewer Collection page on our Web site.
Effluent Sewer vs. Grinder: An Operator's View
The current issue of Orenco's Operator News
profiles Scott Monroe,
manager of the Southwest Barry County Sewer and Water Authority in
Michigan. Scott's system includes both grinder and effluent sewer
"I'm not a big fan of grinders," Monroe said. "We get a lot more
callouts with grinders than with STEP systems. The grinders tend to
have problems with the cutters or with the control panel, whereas the
STEP systems usually just have a dirty effluent filter or a float
Monroe described his preventive maintenance program, which helps keep
maintenance costs low by minimizing emergency calls -- something
that's hard to do with grinders. "Grinders are harder to maintain,"
Monroe said. "When there is a problem, you have a very small [reserve]
capacity to use your facilities until someone gets there to fix it.
The pump is heavy and it may be eight or nine feet deep, so it's not a
one-man job to get a grinder pump out of there."
The rest of the Operator News describes the role of turbidity testing
in a maintenance program and describes some new products of interest
to service providers. If you'd like to receive this occasional
publication, e-mail Darren Paschke, Account Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Keep Water Softener Brine Out of Wastewater Systems
When a household water softener backwashes its resin tank, the
resulting brine is detrimental not only to septic systems but also to
municipal wastewater treatment systems. Orenco and other manufacturers
of onsite systems have maintained this for years, based on the
experiences of service providers and customers. We'd like to see codes
require water softener discharges
to be routed around the wastewater system into a dry well or French
drain. But manufacturers of water softener devices deny the problem and
Nevertheless, many jurisdictions do prohibit discharge of this brine
to household or municipal systems. We've collected a list of them. We
also have some documents that describe the problem and explain simple
measures homeowners can take to enjoy softened water without
discharging brine to the wastewater system. Please look over these
documents to acquaint yourself with the issue. For more information
about plumbing brine discharge away from septic systems, or for support with modifying
codes in your area, contact Orenco.