In-pipe technology: bioaugmentation in the sewerage network


Municipalities face a large number of challenges in wastewater management. These challenges include foul odours, overflows due to the accumulation of fats and oils in the sewerage network, and inadequate treatment plants that have become obsolete in terms of the parameters for which they were designed, which gives rise to high operating costs. In response to these problems, Integra Soluciones Ambientales and Aquapurif Systems have entered into a cooperation agreement for the joint implementation of the proven In-Pipe technology. This technology has had very positive results for a number of years in the United States and has now arrived in Spain and surrounding countries (Portugal and Morocco). The possibility of extending the use of this technology to Latin American and central European countries is also being examined. The two companies carried out a year-long pilot study with this technology in the municipality of Villalba de los Barros (Badajoz), in cooperation with Promedio (Provincial Council of Badajoz) and the University of Extremadura. The results of this study are presented at the end of this article.

In-Pipe technology is an efficient tool for many wastewater treatment plants that are ill-equipped to achieve operating efficiency, financial efficiency and optimum plant performance. Moreover, In-Pipe technology makes operation easier, reduces operating costs and extends the useful life of systems. It also provides benefits in the sewerage network by eliminating foul odours and corrosion, whilst reducing the impact of fats and oils.
Prudencio Rodríguez Bada, Project Manager at Integra Soluciones
Ana Muñoz, Technical Director at Integra Soluciones Ambientales
Juan López Pedrosa, Director of Aquapurif

Article published in: FuturENVIRO November 2013