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Toilet to Tap – Coming Soon to Quench Your Thirst

Newterra Toilet to Tap Demonstration Plant

Newterra has operated a Toilet to Tap sewage treatment system in their Brockville facility for the past 3 years. Sewage from the facility was treated with a state-of-the-art Clear3 MBR (membrane bioreactor), and then further treated with UV and then through a reverse osmosis (RO) unit manufactured by EPRO (a Newterra brand).

The reality is that all water is recycled water, our system just speeds up the process and actually produces much cleaner water. Some major projects are in the works in North America, and of course this process has been used for many years in other parts of the world.

Check out this article by Bloomberg discussing the subject and progress being made on the regulatory side of the equation.


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Difficulty With Accurate Testing For BOD In Industrial Stormwater Runoff

Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) is a measure of the amount of dissolved oxygen used by microorganisms to break down organic material in a sample of water. Because BOD is not one specific pollutant, it can be difficult to characterize the nature of BOD, identify the source in stormwater runoff, and select the appropriate treatment approach to reduce BOD in stormwater runoff and discharge. The most effective way to minimize BOD concentrations in stormwater discharges will be to minimize the exposure of stormwater to materials that are a source of BOD. 

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What is PFAS?

PFOA (perfluorooctanic acid) and PFOS (perflurooctane sulfonate) are organic synthetic chemicals that have been used in manufacturing a multitude of industrial and consumer-based products including coatings, carpeting, and fire-fighting foams. Over several decades, they have contaminated the environment, specifically our drinking water sources, causing significant health concerns that recently prompted the EPA to take action.

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What is Activated Carbon?

Although the term granular activated carbon is used generically, it can refer to dozens of similar – but not identical- adsorbents. Depending on raw material, method and degree of activation and other factors, activated carbons can perform differently in various applications.