Happy Holidays from the team at Bishop Water Technologies

DATE POSTED: December 17, 2018

On behalf of the team at Bishop Water Technologies, we’d like to wish you all the best this holiday season.

We’re thankful for the support that we’ve received from you – our partners and clients – over the last year.

As the new year approaches, we’re looking forward to working with you and building on our successes.


To celebrate the new year, let’s look back and review some of our top stories from 2018:

Stormwater sediment repurposed as landscape material 

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Bishop Water’s solids management solution has allowed an Ottawa community to more simply and reliably remove its stormwater sediment. Consolidating the solids into geotextile bags furthermore eliminates the need to transport dredged sediment to a disposal site. As a result, hauling costs were also significantly reduced. The onsite reuse of stormwater sediment also complies with the MECP’s best management practices for excess soil management.


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Polymer injection system simplifies mixing, maximizes dewatering

vepas, polymer injection, top storiesBecause of inefficient mixing and equipment maintenance, chemical costs can play a significant role in sludge handling. To help reduce these costs, Bishop Water Technologies offers a specialized polymer dosing system.  The Venturi Emulsified Polymer Activation System (VEPAS) is designed to fully activate liquid polymer emulsions in a single pass, without the use of mechanical agitation or mix tanks. As a result, polymer mixing and handling are dramatically simplified, allowing for hassle-free dewatering.


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Research study aims to validate BioCord™ Reactor system for high-strength ammonia treatment

Many industrial producers fahigh strength ammonia, industrial, top storiesce potentially hefty sewer surcharges for discharging of high-strength ammonia wastewater. For that reason, Bishop Water conducted a research study to validate the ability of the BioCord™ Reactor system to effectively remove ammonia in high-strength wastewater applications. By testing its ability to treat concentrations of ammonia up to 1000 mg/L, the study explores a potentially low-maintenance solution for industrial users. In contrast to existing technologies, the BioCord™ Reactor can be an effective, low-cost, and customizable way to treat high-strength ammonia wastewater.

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Taking steps towards BioCord’s commercialization

DATE POSTED: November 27, 2018

Bishop Water’s path towards commercialization for its BioCord Reactor system

Since 2015, Bishop Water has received significant support through the Southern Ontario Water Consortium’s (SOWC) Advancing Water Technologies Program (AWT) to fast-track the development of the company’s BioCord™ Reactor system. As a result, the BioCord Reactor has made significant strides on its journey to commercialization and market recognition.

“We’ve received funding from SOWC to undertake a real-world demonstration that showcases the benefits of the BioCord Reactor system,” says Kevin Bossy, CEO of Bishop Water Technologies. “SOWC is also providing support for a project at Western University to help optimize the design of our solution. Because of the support that we’ve received, we’re able to hire new staff for project management, research, and sales.”

A BioCord Reactor system is a low-energy, self-sufficient biological treatment system.  As a result, it can extend the life of aging treatment lagoons and help growing communities avoid the need for a costly mechanical plant. The BioCord reactor is a custom-built condominium for bacteria: it provides the optimum conditions for preferred microorganisms to grow, enabling up to 30% more treatment capacity and year-round ammonia removal.

“Many rural communities need to meet tougher, more stringent regulations to build larger wastewater treatment plants,” Bossy says. “This is challenging when municipalities are dealing with a decline in users or don’t have growth within their communities. Our BioCord Reactors system enables these communities to meet the regulations affordably within their budgets.”

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Watch this video recently featured by SOWC to learn more about Bishop Water’s BioCord Reactor system.

Learn more about using Bishop Water’s solids management solution at a WTP.

Contact us to discuss dewatering options for your WTP.

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Back to basics to drive energy savings: Optimizing dissolved oxygen for biological uptake

DATE POSTED: May 23, 2018

Western University study evaluates dissolved oxygen uptake in BioCord Reactor fixed-film system

A new collaboration between Bishop Water Technologies and Western University aims to improve the operating efficiency of BioCord™ Reactors. The project aims to demonstrate the energy-saving advantage of using a fine bubble compressor aeration system compared to a more conventional coarse bubble and blower system. Evaluating the effectiveness of each system to continuously remove ammonia and BOD and determining the differences in dissolved oxygen uptake in conjunction with Bishop’s BioCord Reactors. The two systems have very different air and energy inputs, but will be used with identical Reactors.

Resulting from an introduction by the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) to Dr. Martha Dagnew at Western University, the collaborative study is being conducted in a test of bay at the SOWC London Wastewater Facility. Dr. Dagnew’s research team continually monitors the BioCord Reactor system to achieve optimal aeration for biofilm growth and contaminant removal.

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“We have proven the effectiveness of the BioCord Reactor system through previous research projects and pilot testing,” says Kevin Bossy, CEO of Bishop Water Technologies. “With additional support from SOWC, this project is helping us further enhance our solution. We are studying dissolved oxygen uptake to understand the process better. The information will allow us to optimize the BioCord Reactor system and add to the overall knowledge base on the topic.”

Research study to validate energy savings

The BioCord Reactor system usually operates with small, dedicated 110V air compressors instead of large energy-intensive blowers. The study will provide valuable operational data that will further validate the energy savings provided by this approach.

Compressors deliver air to each Reactor through a flexible, sinking air hose that connects to fine bubble diffuser tubing. This specialized tubing helps maintain high pressure along the full length of the air hose, which can often run 30m (100ft) or more. This study aims to support existing research showing fine bubbles diffuse more easily into water due to increased surface area. Fine bubbles also have a higher biological uptake rate.

Data collection and analysis will continue through December 2018 with funding from the SOWC’s Advancing Water Technologies (AWT) program. Stay tuned for more updates on this project in our e-newsletter!

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