Bishop Water wins 2020 Water’s Next Award

DATE POSTED: June 19, 2020

We are honored and excited to receive the 2020 Water’s Next award in the category of Projects and Technology: Early Adoption. The award recognizes the use of Bishop BioCord reactors and the benefits of this simple, low-energy system to upgrade the treatment and performance of the wastewater lagoons at the Limoges WWTF.  

This project enables the Nation Municipality to extend the life of its existing wastewater treatment lagoon system and avoid the need to replace it with a costly mechanical treatment plant. Enhanced ammonia removal with BioCord Reactors, in combination with other facility upgrades including screening, grit removal, disk filtration and UV disinfection, allows the Limoges WWTF to alter its operation from intermittent discharge to continuous discharge. With these treatment improvements, the community will be better able to service residential and commercial growth and ensure compliance with treatment regulations. 

BioCord is a simple, easy-to-operate fixed-film treatment process. The BioCord system uses strands of densely arranged loops of polymer fibers suspended from free-standing frames to provide a massive surface area on which preferred, naturally occurring bacteria can grow.

With an optimized BioCord system, wastewater lagoons can accept greater nutrient loading, decrease retention times and improve effluent quality—especially in cold-weather conditions, when treatment typically becomes more difficult for conventional lagoon systems.

Bishop Water CEO Kevin Bossy accepted the award during the Canadian Water Summit, which was presented virtually on June 11. 

Many thanks to the following: 

We are extremely grateful to RV Anderson and Trish Johnson for seeing the benefits of BioCord Reactors for this project, and for working with us to show that this fixed-film treatment technology offers the best technical solution and the best economic value, both on capital and operating costs, to the Nation Municipality. 

Thank you to the Nation Municipality for their vision and leadership in choosing BioCord Reactors and for trusting Bishop Water to deliver the biological treatment portion of this plant upgrade. We won’t let you down. 

Thank you to Water Canada, The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association and to the selection committee. We are also grateful to the category sponsors, Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development and Cleantech Commons at Trent University and to Martin Yuill for presenting the award. 

Most of all, thank you to the team at Bishop Water for their outstanding dedication, commitment and hard work — not just for this project — but throughout the entire journey of developing and commercializing BioCord Reactors.

Learn more about BioCord Reactors.

Read the official award announcement from Water Canada

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Bishop Water nominated for 2020 Water’s Next award

DATE POSTED: May 22, 2020

Bishop Water has been selected as a finalist for a 2020 Water’s Next Award in the category of Projects and Technology: Early Adoption. 

The nomination recognizes the use of Bishop BioCord™ Reactors to cost-effectively extend the life of the Limoges Wastewater Treatment Facility in the Nation Municipality near Ottawa, ON. 

This simple, low-energy process enabled the Nation Municipality to avoid the high cost of replacing the lagoons with a complex mechanical treatment plant. 

Sixty BioCord reactors will be installed directly into two new lagoon cells that will be created by dividing a large existing cell. Baffle curtains will also be added into the new cells to direct the flow of wastewater through a channel of BioCord Reactors, increase the retention time and prevent short-circuiting.

This configuration provides significant reductions in capital costs since no increase in lagoon footprint or addition of sidestream process tanks are needed for the BioCord system to enhance the secondary treatment process. BioCord’s modular, scalable design also enables secondary treatment capacity to be easily expanded by simply installing additional reactors to achieve the required performance.

With an optimized BioCord system, wastewater lagoons can accept greater nutrient loading, decrease retention times and improve effluent quality—especially in cold-weather conditions, when treatment typically becomes more difficult for conventional lagoon systems.

Winners will be announced during the Canadian Water Summit virtual event on June 11, 2020 by Water Canada and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA). More information and tickets are available here.

Wish us luck!

Read our press release about the BioCord project at Limoges WWTF.

Learn more about Bishop BioCord reactors

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BioCord vs MBBR for lagoon upgrades—improvements without expansion

DATE POSTED: April 28, 2020

Adding moving bed treatment media to a wastewater lagoon might seem like an ideal option to expand capacity and improve performance, but often requires more space and capital cost for tanks, pipes, pumps and other equipment. As a result, moving bed bioreactors (MBBRs) can add significant capital and operating cost, complexity and operator responsibilities to what was once a simple treatment system.

BioCord™ Reactors can achieve similar or better results without expanding the size and complexity of the lagoon operation. That’s because BioCord Reactors are designed to be installed directly into the treatment lagoon and can significantly increase treatment capacity, while also improving cold-weather ammonia removal and BOD removal. These performance enhancements can be achieved for a fraction of the cost of alternative treatment processes. 

BioCord Reactors are modular frames that support densely arranged loops of polymer fibers. This design provides a massive, surface area that—like a condominium—rises up through the water column to provide an ideal home on which desirable microbes can grow. The modular reactors can be customized to accommodate virtually any treatment conditions and plant design.

Since BioCord is a fixed-film process and requires no mixing, the media carrier does not have to be contained and retained in a tank—a feature that dramatically reduces capital and installation costs. In most cases, a BioCord system can be installed and fully operational at a wastewater lagoon within just a day or two. The only additional infrastructure is a small shipping container to house low-energy compressors that provide air to the high-efficiency bubble diffuser system at the base of each BioCord reactor.

Once installed, the system is self-regulating and requires virtually no operator oversight since there are few components and mechanical parts to monitor. Operators continue to perform sampling tests as usual and periodically check the compressors and lines to ensure all is in good working order. 

Read about our latest BioCord project to improve the capacity and performance of wastewater treatment lagoons in Limoges, Ontario. The BioCord system, along with other upgrades, will enable the Limoges WWTF to improve cold-weather performance and alter its operation from intermittent to continuous discharge. These process changes will also provide a dramatic increase to its treatment capacity, boosting it from 1,500 m3/day to 3,500 m3/day.

Learn more about BioCord reactors for lagoon upgrades.

Contact us to discuss a full-scale or pilot BioCord system for your treatment lagoon.

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