Proven Microbiological System Could Solve Dixon Sewer Issue & Save Millions.
“Green” Tech Firm Interest in Dixon as Demonstration Project
A proven advanced waste water treatment technique using microbiology could resolve Dixon’s sewer issues within months, and at a cost of less than one-dollar per month per hook-up. That is in contrast to a $30 million “activated sludge” project that can’t be on line until late 2015, and will double sewer fees to every Dixon home. There has been lots of attention brought to the state of the sewer system, especially when the pipe burst at the hospital not too long ago (see this article on commercial sewer line break near hospital for more information). A lot of residents are wanting action to be taken to avoid that from happening in Dixon city.
In fact, the advanced system could have been in operation over three years ago if local officials hadn’t ignored the information and hid it from the City Council when it was first provided to the staff in 2010.
An email was sent to Dixon city officials in 2010 from “In-Pipe,” the firm which provides the system, and which has patented the mix of bacteria used in the system. But the City officials did not inform members of the City Council nor the Waste Water Committee of the email which offered to do a six month demonstration in Dixon to prove it would work.
In-Pipe is still willing to demonstrate the efficacy of their system with a “no-risk” six months trial. They would install the system in Dixon with no up-front costs. After the six month trial, if the City of Dixon doesn’t agree the system performs for Dixon, In-Pipe would remove it and the City would owe only a small “demobilization charge” of about $12,000.
If the company proves to the city their system does what the City needs, the costs for the first six months would be recouped by In-Pipe over the following six to twelve months.
More impressive is that the monthly costs would be less than $5,500 – less than one-dollar per sewer hook-up. Dixon would have nothing to lose by agreeing to the demonstration project – and could save rate payers millions.
By comparison, the City Council at the March 25 meeting approved spending over $500,000 (half a million) to the Stantec engineering firm for minimal advanced engineering on the proposed $30 million plant. On the original agenda for that meeting was approval for $2.5 million to Stantec towards further engineering for the plant.
The $500,000 would have paid for eight years of operation of the In-Pipe system. The whole $2.5 million would have covered about 40 years of In-Pipe operations in Dixon.
Stantec has been actively negative towards the In-Pipe proposal – which may have been instrumental in city officials hiding the In-Pipe option from the city council and waste water committee.
Stantec stands to gain millions in revenue from the proposed activated sludge plant – and its engineers and staff would earn huge salaries working on the project.
If the In-Pipe demonstration projects works in Dixon, that company would receive modest revenues – but would open up the market in hundreds of California communities struggling with increasingly stringent waste water standards costing hundreds of millions to be in compliance.
Stantec and other waste water treatment firms would also lose millions in potential projects in those small communities.
At the March 25 Council meeting, Councilman Dane Besneatte expressed his serious dismay at the high cost of the Stantec proposed plant for Dixon, and also his dismay at Stantec being the only engineering firm to bid on the project.
The In-Pipe proposal could meet both of Besneatte’s objections. It cuts costs, and In-Pipe has other engineering firms with whom they work.
During that same meeting, Councilman Thom Bogue brought up In-Pipe and asked city staff if they had heard about it. He also stated he wants the In-Pipe issue placed on the City Council Agenda quickly.
In-Pipe’s advanced microbiological system consists of installing small “dosing” dispensers in the sewer pipe lines at man-holes. The dosing unit dispenses a pre-described amount of “genus bacillus” feeding on the wastewater, attacking the fats, oils and greases, greatly aiding in the reduction of the sewage breakdown process, and ultimately turning the entire sewer system into part of the wastewater treatment process.
Pipe treats nearly 300 Million Gallons each and every day of the year with microbiology. The advanced technology is successfully in use from Florida to Alberta, from Texas to Alaska. It is operating at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland, and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska.
Clients in Florida include Neptune Beach, Sarasota, and Lakeland. Among dozens of others, they also treat wastewater systems in Oklahoma City Ok, Jackson MS, Missouri City TX, Malaga in Spain, the Town of Olds in Alberta, Leesport PA, Huntington NY, and industrial sites including Distinctive Foods in Illinois and the Palm Oil industry in Malaysia.
The President and CEO of In-Pipe is John Williams who has been in the water industry for 33 years, including 10 years overseas and in over 40 countries. Among his broad experience, he served as Vice President of Layne Christensen’s Membrane Technology Group; Chief Sales Officer of Global Sales for Ultra Filtration in Industrial and Municipal Water Treatment with Inge AG in Germany; and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Board Member of Hydranautics.
The company’s website has greater details and videos showing their system in operation – and videos of public officials in other communities praising their system. The website is: www.in-pipe.com
For more information, see our Editorial on Page 3 of this issue.