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Welcome to the Orenco Podcast!

Every two weeks, we'll bring you new episodes of “Make It Clear” that cover timely and relevant topics in the water and wastewater industries. Our guests will also provide their unique insights as we discuss the world’s most precious resource.

While our content is mainly geared toward water and wastewater professionals, we welcome everyone who’d like to listen.

Pros and Cons of Grinder Systems

June 21, 2022

Considering a grinder system? Not quite sure how they compare to liquid-only sewer technologies? Join us as we talk with Bill Snyder who lays out the facts about what a grinder system is, what their advantages are, and what their disadvantages are; especially when compared to a liquid-only sewer.

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A Case Study on Jack's Point, NZ

June 7, 2022

Considering the pumping distance to the nearest sewer and the capacity issues of the area wastewater plant, developers pursued a decentralized wastewater plan. The design would need to minimize visual impact, allow for modular development, and be capable of reducing nutrients to low levels. Following a lengthy bid process, a design-build-operate contract was awarded to Innoflow Technologies, whose design incorporated an Orenco® liquidonly sewer, AdvanTex® secondary wastewater treatment, and subsurface drip irrigation.

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Your Septic Tank Must Be Watertight

May 24, 2022

Septic tanks, in one form or another, are a part of every wastewater system. Thousands of them are installed each year across the country. Some are made of concrete, some out of fiberglass or a poly material, but they are all the same, right? Once they are installed and buried, does it really matter if they leak? Join us as we talk with Steve Sinks, our NW Account Manager, about why choosing the right tank makes a difference to the environment, public health, and your pocketbook.

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Things Every System Should Have

May 10, 2022

Every septic system, whether it is a septic tank and a gravity drainfield, or an advanced treatment system like AdvanTex®, share some common but very important parts. Join us as we talk with one of our Regional Managers, Cory Lyon, about some common parts that should be in every septic system and why they are so important.

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Earth Day 2022 - It's Time to Focus on Water

April 22, 2022

Earth Day is a day to take stock of our planet and renew our efforts to protect our natural resources. One of the most precious, but often neglected, is our water. While we may think of it as an abundant resource, the fact is that there is precious little of it that we can use. Join us as we talk with Mike Saunders about how important it is that we educate ourselves and future generations on the importance of conserving and preserving this precious resource.

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What They Didn't Teach You in Engineering School

April 14, 2022

While colleges are usually pretty good at teaching you how to think like an engineer, your course of study probably didn't teach you everything you would need to know. Join us as talk with three of our newest engineers about what they did learn and, more importantly, what they wish they would have learned in school. If you are thinking about becoming an engineer in the wastewater industry, you might even get some advice that will help you along the way.

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Speaking of Controls...

March 15, 2022

Every septic system, whether it's simply a septic tank and a drainfield, or an advanced treatment system, probably makes use of some kind of alarm or control panel. Our guest, Steve Sinks, is here to talk to us about different types of control panels and how to determine what panel your system may need. We'll touch on everything you need to know when looking for controls for your next project.

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What is VeriComm®?

March 1, 2022

The VeriComm Monitoring System gives wastewater system operators and service providers the ability to remotely monitor and control the performance of an individual site via the Internet, saving money on operation and maintenance while remaining virtually invisible to the homeowner.

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Let's Talk About Nitrogen

February 15, 2022

Depending on where you live and work, nitrogen in the waste stream can be a real environmental concern. Garry Lee Espinosa, one of our senior engineers, talks with us about why jurisdictions sometimes focus on nitrogen. He breaks down the nitrogen cycle and explains why packed bed filters can be a cost-effective solution to reducing the nitrogen that makes its way back to the environment.

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Sewage Regulation and Enforcement

February 1, 2022

In this episode, Orenco's Government Affairs Director, Nick Noble, joins us to talk about the importance of good regulations and effective enforcement. States and local jurisdictions rely on good regulations to help protect our water and the environment from poorly performing wastewater systems. Nick helps us understand why good regulation and enforcement is not easy to accomplish and why all of the stakeholders in the wastewater industry need to step up and commit to raising the bar.

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