Membrane Bioreactor/Ultra Low Energy Reverse Osmosis Membrane Process for Forward Operating Base Wastewater Reuse
Final rept. Jan 2012-Aug 2014
GE GLOBAL RESEARCH CENTER NISKAYUNA NY
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Forward Operating Bases FOBs require 25-60 gallons of potable water per soldier per day for essentials including drinking, hygiene, and food preparation, and they produce 35-50 gallons of wastewater daily per soldier. Wastewater treatment methods in FOBs include burn-out latrines, chemical latrines, sewerage lagoons, removal to off-site facilities by contractors, and rarely, a conventional wastewater treatment plant. Currently, a 600 soldier FOB requires 22 trucks per day to supply the base with fuel and water and to remove wastewater and solid waste, creating significant security risk to convoy personnel and negative environmental impact. The overall objective of this project has been to develop an innovative, easily deployable membrane bioreactor MBR and ultra-low energy ULE reverse osmosis RO system for on-site wastewater treatment to produces high-quality water for potable and non-potable reuse, thereby minimizing the need to transport water and wastewater to and from the FOBs.
- Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Processing
- Fluid Mechanics
- Water Pollution and Control