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New reed bed technology treats stronger effluents

Posted: Thursday 11th March 2010

A wider range of effluents - including those with high strength contaminants such as ammonia, petrochemicals, agricultural wastes and capped landfill leachate – can now be treated by reed beds due to new Forced Bed AerationTM (FBA) technology.

Currently undergoing UK trials, ARM Ltd joined forces with US-based Naturally Wallace which has proven the system internationally.

“Case studies show when air is forced through the system to increase the oxygen availability, the greater the volume of oxygen in the system, the more efficient the treatment becomes. A FBA™ reed bed can improve the treatment capabilities of a traditional reed bed by up to 15 times thus allowing the reed beds to have a smaller footprint,” said Tori Widdas of ARM.

“FBA™ has been used successfully in the US for a number of years for the treatment of hydrocarbons and glycols. It’s just one of the ways in which we’re making environmental advances to open up entirely new applications. For instance, when we were in Leeds at the European Biosolids Conference last week, we were talking to both waste management companies and local authorities who need help treating biogas digestate – a by-product of the anaerobic treatment of waste - which FBA™ processes can treat,” said Tori Widdas.

ARM Reed Beds is the UK’s sole supplier of FBA™ technology for waste water treatment.

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