Biological nutrient removal system to be distributed in Chile

March 2, 2020
Bishop BioCord™ Reactors offer affordable wastewater treatment option for industrial sites and small communities in the region.

Renfrew, ON, — Bishop BioCord™ Reactors have made their way to South America as part of a new distribution agreement with Novatech, a rapidly growing Chilean company that specializes in solutions for aquaculture, slurry dewatering using Geotube® containers, and geotextiles for road construction. 

Novatech will add Bishop BioCord Reactors to its solutions portfolio, enabling the company to begin offering a simple, low-energy biological nutrient removal system for communities of all sizes and for industrial applications in sectors such as mining, food processing, agriculture and others. 

BioCord is a fixed-film treatment process that uses strands of densely arranged loops of polymer fibres to provide a massive surface area on which preferred, naturally occurring bacteria can grow. The reactors can be installed directly into a wastewater lagoon or conventional activated sludge tank, helping to keep capital costs low while dramatically increasing treatment capacity and performance. 

“There are hundreds of small communities and industrial sites in Chile that are in need of a new wastewater treatment plant, or performance improvements to their existing plant, to comply with increasingly stringent discharge regulations,” said Gerardo Marti, Managing Director of Novatech. “BioCord reactors are an ideal way to provide an affordable, easy-to-install and easy-to-operate nutrient removal process that will perform as well or better than more costly and more complex alternatives.” 

Proven performance under the toughest conditions

BioCord Reactors are proven to achieve significant reductions in nutrients and other constituents of waste streams under a range of conditions, including high-strength influent or challenging cold-weather treatment. An optimized BioCord system can achieve ammonia removal of 90% or greater and BOD removal of 80% or greater, even in operating temperatures as low as 1°C. These results are obtained using up to 50% less energy than alternatives, since aeration of the BioCord Reactors is performed by low-energy compressors rather than complex, costly blowers. 

BioCord’s modular design also enables the system to be customized to fit virtually any type of secondary treatment process and to handle the anticipated flow and loading parameters. As treatment needs change, additional BioCord Reactors can be added easily. 

“We are very excited to see BioCord Reactors introduced to the Latin American market through Novatech,” said Kevin Bossy, CEO of Bishop Water Technologies. “BioCord Reactors are now distributed in three continents, demonstrating the importance and acceptance of this unique technology as a reliable, low-energy and affordable wastewater treatment option for new plants or to upgrade existing systems. 

Novatech will also offer BioCord as part of an integrated treatment system where Geotube containers can provide a simple solids management process followed by BioCord Reactors to efficiently and cost-effectively remove nutrients from the filtrate. 

About Bishop Water Technologies 

Bishop Water Technologies provides simple, reliable nutrient removal and solids management solutions that enable communities and industries to affordably solve water and wastewater challenges while protecting the environment. Hundreds of sites trust our low-energy, low-complexity customizable solutions to deliver robust performance and easy operation with low capital and operating costs. Our highly experienced and talented team relentlessly supports our clients and works collaboratively with like-minded, environmentally focused partners to continuously enhance the performance, value and sustainability of our solutions portfolio.   

About Novatech

Novatech is a Chilean corporation with commercial activities throughout Latin America. The company is well established as a manufacturer, installer and service provider of mortality retrieval systems for the Chilean aquaculture industry, the world’s second largest producer of farmed salmon. Novatech also manufactures and distributes Tencate Geotube® containers and distributes the full line of Tencate advanced geotextiles to a growing list of clients in the Southern Cone of Latin America. 

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