Living Machine system will be part of water planning for growth and sustainability at DoD
Worrell Water Technologies announced that the Living Machine ecological wastewater treatment and recycling system was selected as a project under the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) to demonstrate and validate its use and benefits for on-site recycling of wastewater.
The ESTCP is a Department of Defense (DoD) program that promotes innovative, cost-effective environmental technologies through demonstration and validation at DoD sites. The project is in partnership with the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center, which will be in charge of overall project management.
The Living Machine system aims to enhance and accelerate the productive treatment process of a tidal wetland, collecting black water in a buried primary tank which is then pumped into a series of wetland basins. The wetland basins are alternately drained and filled in a manner analogous to natural tidal wetlands providing oxygen and nutrients for microorganisms that live in the wetland and naturally treat the wastewater, the company said. Treated water may then be recycled for purposes such as landscape irrigation, toilet flushing, industrial processes, washing equipment or animal areas, landscape water features (e.g., fish ponds, waterfalls) and other uses.
The anticipated benefit of using an ecological wastewater treatment system is a total reduction in potable, non-drinking, water use, which translates into cost and water savings, helping military facilities provide training and support, according to Worrell.
“The Living Machine system is exactly the type of water reclamation technology that can alleviate water shortages, yet allow large facilities and multi-housing areas, such as training sites, to meet their performance requirements without adversely impacting the watershed or water supply,” said Will Kirksey, vice president of Worrell Water Technologies.