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Basically, a sequencing batch reactor or SBR for short, treats wastewater so that it can be used again. These reactors break down organic waste using an activated sludge process. Generally, SBR’s are used as part of a treatment plant’s system with multiple reactors working on batches of wastewater from general sewage or large facilities. Unlike a septic system that relies on water flow and movement, SBRs contain the water in stationary tanks.
How Does It Work?
The “aerobic” component refers to the use of oxygen. Air is bubbled through the wastewater to activate the bacteria that breaks down organic material. After this sludge is reduced to harmless compost, it sinks to the bottom of the tank as a Class B biosolid. This is collected later and can be reused for things like chemical fertilizer for agricultural purposes. The treated water is now safe enough to be used for things like irrigation, or it’s sent to local wastewater plants for further purification.
As an added advantage, aerobic SBRs are environmentally safe and can process waste without using harsh chemicals. SBRs can also be designed to handle different volumes of waste over different amounts of time, helping the plant operate more efficiently.
What’s That Got To Do With Us?
If you’ve ever wondered what happens to all that sludge and sewage we collect after servicing your septic tanks and grease traps, this is your answer. In our plight to help the environment, we are doing our part to take advantage of SBR technology. We do everything possible to protect the environment and avoid allowing waste to go to waste. To learn more about aerobic sequencing batch reactors or other ways to safely reuse waste, Contact Us.