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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

Orenco Celebrates 40th Anniversary, Makes Organizational Changes

Orenco Celebrates 40th Anniversary, Makes Organizational Changes 


SUTHERLIN, ORE., February 2, 2021 — Orenco Systems, Inc., is celebrating four decades of protecting the world’s water. As part of reaching this milestone, the company is making some significant changes that better reflect its plans for the future.

After 40 years, founder Hal Ball has announced his retirement from day-to-day involvement in the company. Co-founder and former executive vice president Terry Bounds will serve as both chairman of Orenco’s board of directors and president over the research and development, operation and maintenance, and facilities departments of the company.

“It feels pretty amazing to have achieved this milestone,” says Bounds, “and we couldn’t have done it without the support of everyone we’ve worked with over the past four decades, both inside and outside Orenco.” He adds, “We’re also incredibly excited to continue developing innovative, science-based solutions to protect the world’s water for decades to come.”

Orenco is also instituting some organizational changes in this anniversary year. The company will now operate in three distinct divisions to provide more focused service. Jeff Ball will serve as president of Orenco Water, while Eric Ball has been named president of Orenco Composites. Travis Wood, former president of Franklin Control Systems, is the new president of Orenco Controls. And former legal counsel Scott Saulls will serve as Corporate President.

As mentioned above, Orenco’s wastewater-focused operations will now be known as the Orenco Water division. The company’s founders have always believed in the “One Water” approach to water conservation and management, and the Orenco slogan is “Protecting the World’s Water.” Jeff Ball says, “We see water as our most valuable resource, no matter where it appears in the water cycle.”

Based in Sutherlin, Oregon, Orenco Systems has been designing and manufacturing energy-efficient water and wastewater products, large-scale composite structures, and controls products since 1981. The company employs about 400 people and has more than 300 points of distribution worldwide. For more information, visit

News Release

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 2020 Media Kit

Orenco Features Prelos™, the Next Step in Sewer Evolution 


SUTHERLIN, ORE., September 30, 2020 — Orenco® will feature its Prelos™ Wastewater Collection System and AdvanTex® Wastewater Treatment System at WEFTEC Connect, the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference, held online this year from October 5th through 9th. Orenco’s virtual booth will also showcase the company’s advanced technologies in Composites and Controls.

Introduced just last year, Prelos is a pressurized liquid-only sewer that’s based on Orenco’s four decades of community sewering experience. “Prelos uses small-diameter, shallow-bury pipe that significantly lowers the cost and disruption of sewer installation,” says Mike Saunders, Market Segment Leader for Orenco’s Engineered Systems Department. At the core of the Prelos system is the Prelos Processor, a complete, high-quality package of compatible, long-lifespan components, designed to provide primary wastewater treatment at the source and engineered to be watertight.

A Prelos sewer conveys partially treated wastewater to the treatment facility without the need for lift stations, providing additional cost and energy savings. It allows for smaller, lower cost treatment plants,1 and its ease of maintenance contributes to documented2 low life-cycle costs. A Prelos sewer project in Potters Mills, Pennsylvania, was featured in the June 2020 issue of Water Environment & Technology magazine.

The Prelos Wastewater Collection System pairs perfectly with Orenco’s AdvanTex line of wastewater treatment systems, including the AX-Max™, a recirculating packed-bed filter with a highly efficient, engineered textile media. A recipient of WEF’s 2011 “Innovative Technology Award,” AdvanTex technology is known for its reliability, small footprint, and low maintenance requirements. The AdvanTex AX-Max is pre-plumbed and easy to install, either individually or in multi-tank arrays, and can be installed in a central treatment location or distributed among multiple locations. Two pairs of AX-Max units have been installed along the environmentally sensitive Scenic Rim Trail in the Gondwana Rainforest of Queensland, Australia. (See our Scenic Rim Project Profile, included in this media kit.)

Orenco Composites™ (, a division of Orenco Systems®, manufactures custom fiberglass products for multiple industries, from transportation to utilities to telecommunications. It specializes in DuraFiber™ buildings, rectangular tanks, basins, enclosures, and wet wells.

DuraFiber buildings are strong, lightweight, and virtually maintenance-free. They come with a variety of special options, including windows, heating, cooling, lighting, and ventilation systems. They’re designed not to leak, warp, crack, or splinter, and they don’t rot or rust, because no wood or exposed steel is used in their construction. DuraFiber buildings are a hassle-free project solution, allowing engineers to focus on more challenging design issues.

Orenco Controls™ (, another division of Orenco Systems, produces high-quality standard, custom, and OEM control panels. Its Standard TCOM (STCOM) panel remotely monitors and controls treatment systems with real-time efficiency while remaining invisible to the public. The STCOM has easy-to-use software and allows operators to access and monitor systems from any web browser, whether on a smartphone, desktop, or laptop. It currently supports Orenco’s AdvanTex Treatment Systems and will soon be expanded to a wider variety of applications.

Orenco Controls offers a selection of industrial control panels, including the OLS Series panel, featuring a logic controller with user-friendly interface graphics that make it easy to operate. OLS Control Panels come with either integrated starters (an economical choice) or variable-frequency drives (VFDs), which optimize system operation. These panels are ideal for a variety of pumping applications, including lift stations, water boosting, stormwater pump stations, dewatering, and sludge pumping.

Based in Sutherlin, Oregon, Orenco Systems has been designing and manufacturing energy-efficient water and wastewater products since 1981. The company employs about 360 people and has more than 300 points of distribution worldwide. For more information, visit

To arrange an interview, contact:

Mike Saunders (Wastewater Collection & Treatment Products), 941-661-5776

Darren Simmie (Composites Products), 541-784-6423

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


1 As seen in the Montesano, Washington, liquid-only sewer system.

2 Bill Cagle, Terry Cargil, and Roger Dickinson, “20-Year Life Cycle Analysis of an Effluent Sewer (STEP) System,” 14 (paper presented at the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2013).





In The News

Water Environment & Technology, May 2021

“Urban Infill”

“While water is often described as our most valuable resource, widespread adoption of innovations in its management is lacking. Old — and often faulty — technologies and methods are still being shoe-horned into new development without serious consideration of other ways of managing water resources ... some progressive designers and engineers, however, have made efforts to challenge this traditional thinking. They have found ways to reclaim and keep the water on-site.” Read More >

WaterWorld, April 2021

“Finding An Off-Grid Wastewater Solution”

“At these two camps on the Scenic Rim Trail, this [AdvanTex] treatment technology is performing reliably and providing enhanced nutrient reduction, even with high organic loads. The rainwater that’s collected and used in sinks, showers, and toilets is being safely reclaimed and reintroduced with minimal impact or risk to the local environment and its rare and endangered wildlife.” Read More >

Water Environment & Technology, February 2021

“Phased Solutions Bridge the Gap for The Crossings”

“Due to the need for 'phase-ability' and affordability, developers chose an Orenco Sewer™ and an AdvanTex® Municipal Treatment Facility. Both collection and treatment can be installed in phases, dramatically reducing up-front capital costs and offering homeowners a fully sewered community.” Read More >

Onsite Installer, December 2020

“Michigan Onsite Professionals Set an Example for Water Recycling”

“I saw a unique opportunity to teach visitors the benefits of treating wastewater with everyday onsite components, then using the effluent to flush lavatory fixtures.” Read More >

Water Environment & Technology, November 2020

“Out of Sight, Top of Mind”

“A properly designed, well-maintained, and successfully operated wastewater treatment system will yield a positive effect on a property’s bottom line, its environmental profile, and its guest experiences.” Read More >

WaterWorld, September 2020

“Sewage Solutions”

“With the nearest municipal sewer system about 3.5 miles away, the Pennsylvania village of Potters Mills – traditionally served by on-lot septic systems – needed a more accessible solution to their sewage problems.” Read More >

Water & Wastes Digest, September 2020

“Effluent Sewer Addresses Odor & Aging Infrastructure”

“Orenco offered a sewer solution that would meet the city’s budget, which was an effluent sewer for wastewater collection followed by an AdvanTex AX-MaxTM wastewater treatment facility. Because of the first two failed proposals, the URS engineer was hesitant to make a third, but research revealed the septic tank effluent pump (STEP) collection system used in this sewer would provide a significant cost savings over the gravity sewer specified in the first two proposals.” Read More >

Water Quality Products, September 2020

“Effluent Sewer Addresses Odor & Aging Infrastructure”

“Orenco offered a sewer solution that would meet the city’s budget, which was an effluent sewer for wastewater collection followed by an AdvanTex AX-Max wastewater treatment facility. Because of the first two failed proposals, the ... engineer was hesitant to make a third, but research revealed the septic tank effluent pump (STEP) collection system used in this sewer would provide a significant cost savings over the gravity sewer specified in the first two proposals.” Read More >

Water Environment & Technology, June 2020

"In Search of a Scaled Solution”

"Located too far to connect to the nearest city’s sewer system, Potters Mills needed an effective, affordable wastewater collection and treatment system that was easy to install, operate, and maintain with minimal disruption to residents’ daily lives. After a thorough review of the available options, Potter Township, which governs the village, chose to install a pressurized, liquid-only sewer system that feeds into a new advanced attached-growth treatment process with a history of serving small communities and small-flow applications." Read More >

WaterWorld, April 2020

"Effluent Sewers Down Under”

In early 2009, a record-breaking heat wave struck the state of Victoria in southeast Australia, making already dry conditions even worse. In addition, strong winds and low humidity combined to create some of the highest-risk fire conditions ever experienced in the region. Fierce winds knocked down power lines, resulting in fires that quickly grew into the largest, most destructive firestorm in Australia’s modern history. The community of Kinglake West, home to about 1,000 residents, was dramatically impacted. Much of the town needed to be rebuilt, including its infrastructure.Read More >

World Water, Mar/Apr 2020

"Reliable, Onsite Wastewater Treatment in Australian Outback”

"The Wirib Tourist Park was earmarked as an ongoing sustainability project and is part of the government indigenous food security program, servicing three local indigenous communities, which rely on fish from a nearby creek as a source of food. Unfortunately, the park’s existing AWTS [aerated wastewater treatment system] was undersized and couldn’t adequately treat the wastewater flows produced onsite, particularly during periods of high occupancy. When the AWTS overflowed, the creek received untreated wastewater." Read More >

Water & Wastes Digest, March 2020

"Liquid-only Sewer Briefing”

"Liquid-only sewers (also known as “effluent sewers”) have proven to be a cost-effective solution for municipalities, new subdivisions, and a variety of other areas in need of sewer. As opposed to the big pipes and deep excavations typically required by gravity sewers, liquid-only sewers use small-diameter, shallowly buried mainlines that follow the contour of the land and are easily installed with light-duty equipment, minimizing disturbance to the surrounding area.Read More >

Corporate Biographies

Terry Bounds

Executive VP
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Eric Ball

President of Orenco Composites
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Jeff Ball

President of Orenco Water
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Scott Saulls

Corporate President
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Angela Bounds

Marketing Director
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Melissa Stoddard

Electrical Controls Manager
Rhonda Amer, HR Director

Rhonda Amer

Human Resources Director