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Orenco’s Marketing Department provides assistance to members of the media interested in contacting researchers, staff, or engineers. We can set up interviews and photography sessions, provide background information, and arrange for an article to be created on industry-related topics.

To the right, you’ll find links to a variety of information about Orenco and our technology. The fact sheet and corporate history summary offer basic information about Orenco and its operation. 

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News Releases

Water & Wastes Digest “Top Projects” Award for Vero Beach, Florida

Septic-to-Sewer Conversion Helps Clean Up a Florida Community 

SUTHERLIN, ORE., October 7, 2016 — For the second year in a row, an Orenco® Systems’ wastewater installation has received a “Top Projects” award from Water & Wastes Digest magazine. Winners of this coveted award are selected based on the challenges presented by their projects and how they met those challenges.

This year’s award-winning project is located in Vero Beach, Florida, a densely populated city adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s east coast. Many of the city’s on-lot septic tanks and drainfields were failing, and experts believed that nitrogen, phosphorus, and bacteria from these systems were contributing to the pollution of the watershed. To address these concerns, approximately 1,500 septic systems are now being replaced with an Orenco Sewer™ system.

Darren Paschke, a Project Manager in Orenco’s Municipal Systems group, coordinated the project. “We are excited to be recognized again this year by Water & Wastes Digest,” says Paschke. “The engineer in Vero Beach did his homework and, after analyzing several types of wastewater collection, determined that Orenco Sewer was the most cost-effective solution.”

Robert J. Bolton, P.E., is the Director of Water and Sewer for Vero Beach. While researching various sewer options, he contacted other cities that had already installed Orenco Sewer. He found they were able to maintain their systems with minimal staffing and negligible maintenance issues. “At this point,” says Bolton, “I determined that Orenco products led the industry.” And, according to Bolton’s calculations, the cost of installing an Orenco Sewer was less than half of what it would have cost to expand the city’s gravity sewer system.

Orenco Sewers use underground tanks at each home to collect wastewater solids, with pump-outs needed only 7-10 years, depending on occupancy.i The liquid waste is pumped to a treatment facility. Energy requirements, operation and maintenance needs, and life-cycle costs for the system are all typically much less than those for a traditional gravity sewer system.ii

i Orenco Systems, internal tests, based on a 95% level of confidence.
ii Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, Decentralized Systems Performance and Costs Fact Sheets,

Media Kits

WEFTEC 2017 Media Kit

Orenco Showcases Three Innovative Product Lines at WEFTEC 

SUTHERLIN, ORE., September 27, 2017 — Orenco Systems® will have a strong presence again this year at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC), held September 30th through October 4th at McCormick Place in Chicago. The company’s booth (#2812) will display all three of its interconnected, leading-edge product lines: Wastewater Collection & Treatment, Composites, and Controls. 

Orenco Sewers™ are a cost-effective alternative to gravity or grinder sewer and the only pressure sewer technology that provides primary wastewater treatment. Solids are collected in an underground on-lot tank, while effluent is pumped away for treatment through small-diameter collection lines that require minimal excavation. The reduced organic load means both the size and cost of the treatment plant can be minimized.

Orenco’s new STEP (septic tank effluent pump) package, featured in the booth, is a key part of an Orenco Sewer. This complete, high-quality package is ordered as a single line item, making it easy for engineers to specify. Its long-lifespan components include a meander tank for superior settling and a lightweight, highly dependable effluent pump with an affordable, 10-year limited warranty.

“Life-cycle cost analysis shows that Orenco Sewer is more affordable than either grinder or gravity sewer,” says Bill Cagle, Business Development Manager. “Plus, our sewer solution allows municipalities and developers to defer capital costs with a build-as-you-go approach. And the new STEP tank makes installation and operation of an Orenco Sewer easier than ever.”

WEFTEC visitors can also see a full-size cutaway of an AdvanTex® AX-Max™ Wastewater Treatment System, Orenco’s recirculating packed-bed filter with a highly efficient, engineered textile treatment media. AdvanTex received WEF’s 2011 “Innovative Technology Award” and is in use all over the world. The technology is known for its reliable treatment, small footprint, and low maintenance requirements.

Tristian Bounds, P.E., Orenco’s Lead Research and Development Engineer, was selected by WEFTEC’s education department to present a technical session about treating wastewater – both blackwater and greywater – for reuse purposes at or near the point of generation. This approach reduces demands on potable water resources and provides other environmental and economic benefits. Tristian’s 30-minute presentation, “Responsible Water Recycling: Decentralized Solutions for Water Reuse,” (session 219) will be on Monday, October 2nd, at 1:30 p.m. in room S403b.

Sharing booth #2812, Orenco Composites™ (, a division of Orenco Systems, will display a single-piece DuraFiber™ building. These buildings are made using a closed-molding construction process. They feature integral foam-core insulation, no seams, no wood, and no mechanical fasteners. Installation is quick and easy: just attach to a concrete pad and connect the power.

Orenco Composites will also display two of its other FRP products: tank covers and rectangular tanks. The close-molded covers have an integral foam core and are offered in multiple configurations. The tanks are manufactured using single-piece molded construction and are customizable with weirs, baffles, sloped floors, and many other options.

Rounding out the booth, Orenco Controls™ ( will have a selection of panels on hand, showcasing various control and monitoring capabilities. A stand-alone OLS Series panel will show off its sleek new design and logic controller. This panel has the same great features as always, but now includes cleaner interface graphics. OLS panels use variable-frequency drives (VFDs) that optimize system performance and reduce energy usage. A second OLS panel will be inside the DuraFiber building with the VFDs mounted on an inside wall, demonstrating an excellent method of eliminating heat rise and maintaining the integrity of an electrical control system.

Orenco Controls will also display four municipal lift station panels with various features and advantages, including a grinder panel that can handle difficult tie-in locations, an electromechanical duplex panel that can be manufactured on short notice for urgent jobs, a basic duplex panel that’s economical but still offers logic and data logging, and a panel that uses Orenco’s VeriComm® web-hosted monitoring service.

Based in Sutherlin, Oregon, Orenco Systems has been designing and manufacturing energy-efficient water and wastewater products since 1981. The company employs about 300 people and has more than 300 points of distribution worldwide. For more information, visit 

To arrange an interview at WEFTEC, please contact:

Bill Cagle (Wastewater Collection & Treatment Products), 541-784-6421

Eric Ball (Composites Products), 541-580-2350

Jerry Snyder (Controls Products), 541-580-5781

In The News

Water Reuse & Desalination, Summer 2018

“Sustainable Reuse at National Scout Reserve”

"The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) installed an energy-efficient, graywater reuse system for disposing of the graywater generated by the 336 shower buildings at its showcase camping and training facility, the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve ... An array of AdvanTex® AX20-RTs – 224 in all – and two AdvanTex AX-Max™ units process the graywater and treat it for reuse in toilet flushing." Read More >

World Water, July/August 2018

“Onsite STEP System Handles Seasonal Peaks at US National Park”

"The onsite effluent sewer system installed at Stinson Beach, part of the United States National Park Service system, keeps the facilities running smoothly during peak season when visitors rise to 5,000 per day." Read More >

Onsite Installer, March 2018

“New Methods for System Monitoring”

"VeriComm enables users to view data related to the performance of the system, any alarm conditions, and excessive use. The system is an effective tool in the septic industry toolbox for monitoring system performance and preventing problems." Read More >

World Water, November/December 2017

“Responsible Water Recycling: Decentralized Solutions for Water Reuse”

"Increasing demands on the planet’s limited fresh water supply are a source of immediate concern. In many places, demand exceeds supply. By implementing effective treatment technologies and reuse strategies, the effects of drought and population growth on water supplies can be alleviated. Decentralized water reuse solutions can play a pivotal role in water conservation and management. Properly treating waste-water – both blackwater and greywater – at or near the point of generation relieves pressure on potable water resources and provides many other environmental and economic benefits. Decentralized systems also minimize environmental footprints, increase opportunities for public education and awareness, and provide for a more sustainable future." Read More >

Water Environment & Technology, April 2017

“A Decentralized Solution for a Small Village”

"Christiansburg, Ohio, was experiencing serious issues with failing onsite wastewater systems. Septage odors were common, especially after heavy rainfalls, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detected high levels of fecal coliform in nearby West Honey Creek in 2012. Village leaders stepped up their efforts to seek a cost-effective system for wastewater collection and treatment ..."

"After reviewing cost comparisons, [village] council members decided that an effluent sewer followed by packed-bed treatment was their most cost-effective option. It also offered the ease of operation that would enable the village to affordably manage its own facility." Read More >

Water & Wastes Digest, January 2017

“How to Compare Sewer Technologies Using Life-Cycle Cost Analysis”

"Pressure sewers can provide affordable service to municipalities, new subdivisions, and areas where gravity sewers are difficult and expensive to install. Effluent and grinder sewers are today’s dominant pressure sewer technologies. When evaluating these two options, lifecycle cost analysis is an effective tool for comparison, especially when actual costs can be used."

"In 2010, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WERF) developed two reliable resources for evaluating sewer technologies: (1) a “Wastewater Planning Model,” allowing users to compare life-cycle costs and (2) a series of collection system “Fact Sheets” for different types of sewers, including design characteristics, performance, and cost estimates. When performing life-cycle cost analysis using WERF’s documented figures, it’s evident that pressure sewers can be an affordable option." Read More >

Water & Wastes Digest, December 2016

“2016 Top Water and Wastewater Projects: Vero Beach Sewer System Extension”

"Until recently, approximately 1,500 failing septic systems served large portions of Vero Beach. These systems were degrading the Indian River Lagoon adjacent to the city with excessive nutrient loads and pollution ..."

"Robert Bolton, director of water and sewer for the city of Vero Beach, began investigating other options. He settled on an Orenco effluent sewer system, also known as a Septic Tank Effluent Pump (STEP) system, which was estimated to cost $11 million in comparison to the original $22.5 million proposal [for gravity sewer]." Read More >

Onsite Installer, June 2016

“An Iowa Farm Community Finds Solution to Wastewater Woes”

“The State of Iowa determined it was time to modernize the wastewater system in Woden, a cluster of homes in the rural north-central part of the state … The previous system consisted of individual septic tanks for each home, but they discharged into a ditch that ran into the channelized Lindsey Creek along the eastern side of Woden. Replacements are being ordered for direct discharge systems across the state.

“… Engineers from Jacobson-Westergard & Associates in Estherville, Iowa, designed a system to handle the community’s wastewater without the expense of a small treatment plant. Each property received a 1,600-gallon concrete septic tank … These are dual-chamber tanks with half dedicated to settling and the other half housing an Orenco Systems model PF100511-30 effluent pump package with floats already in place. The tank provides settling and primary treatment.

“… Mains and lift stations move wastewater uphill to a lagoon about a half mile north of Woden, where tertiary treatment of the effluent occurs.” Read More >

Corporate Biographies

Hal Ball

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Terry Bounds

Executive VP
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Eric Ball

Senior Vice President
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Jeff Ball

Senior Vice President
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Mary Heilner

Human Resources Manager
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Blake Johnson

Sales Manager for Wastewater Products
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Brent Ballow

Electrical Controls Division Manager
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Angela Bounds

Marketing Manager
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