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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.

Resource Conservation: Reusing Wastewater

November 29, 2022

Water is a scarce and valuable resource. Every year, our usable supply of it gets smaller and smaller as we allow it to be contaminated with chemicals and toxic materials. The good news is that we can do something about it by reusing what is commonly called "wastewater". The water that we dispose of in our sewage treatment and greywater systems can gain new life when it is cleaned up and used for another purpose before being sent back into the water table. Garry-Lee Espinosa, one of our senior engineers, joins us to talk about ways that wastewater can be repurposed and reused. It will require a shift in our thinking to see wastewater as a resource to be valued rather than something "icky" to just get rid of. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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Effluent Filters Are Essential

November 15, 2022

It's hard to believe that something so seemingly trivial and inexpensive could potentially save you thousands of dollars by preventing premature failure of your expensive septic system components. That's the potential of making sure your system is protected by an effluent filter. This basic, yet necessary part of your system is the focus of our episode with one of our Product Managers, David Nelson. Join us as we discuss how they work, how to choose the right filter for your system, and how they prevent damage to your downstream components. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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Designing for Residential vs. Commercial Wastewater

November 1, 2022

Designing wastewater systems no matter where the wastewater comes from is all the same, right? Unfortunately, the answer is "No". The waste coming from single-family homes (or even a collection of homes) tends to be the same from system to system. When designing for commercial systems though, the waste strength can vary wildly. In this episode, we talk with GarryLee Espinosa, one of our senior engineers, about the differences in systems for residential and commercial establishments and why those differences matter. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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A Primer on Nutrients in Wastewater

July 26, 2022

Wastewater infrastructure is an essential part of every community. It involves environmental and economic studies, designing and engineering, installation, maintenance, and sometimes, remediation. All of this costs money. So, where does that money come from? Our guests, Mike Saunders and Bill Snyder, share their knowledge and experience with us and tell us how this essential community resource gets funded.

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Funding a Municipal Project

June 26, 2022

Wastewater infrastructure is an essential part of every community. It involves environmental and economic studies, designing and engineering, installation, maintenance, and sometimes, remediation. All of this costs money. So, where does that money come from? Our guests, Mike Saunders and Bill Snyder, share their knowledge and experience with us and tell us how this essential community resource gets funded. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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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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The State of Water

June 12, 2022

Water is a vital resource. So important, in fact, that we wanted to circle back around to thoughts from a previous episode and highlight some of the realities we face with such a limited and valuable resource. In this episode, we brought back our clean water expert, Geoff Salthouse, to talk about the quantity, quality, and availability of clean water, and how you can do something to benefit both yourself and future generations. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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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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