Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) tells BeverageDaily.com that it is considering introducing a novel wastewater pre-treatment system elsewhere across its bottling network on the basis of local needs, after it began using the green, cost-saving technology at its Houston site.
The trademarked system from Baswood Corporation is designed to lower the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) in plant effluent – BOD measures the amount of oxygen consumed by microorganisms to decompose organic matter – with digestion rates of 75-90% reducing the water’s organic loading.
Kendall Yorn, DPS senior VP of manufacturing and engineering, said: “Baswood’s BioViper system reduces both cost and our impact on the environment and public resources.”
“Clean water is in everyone’s interest, and this new technology is a major step forward in our commitment to finding sustainable solutions that positively affect our community.”
The two companies said that this allowed DPS to minimize its burden on the Houston city wastewater treatment system, increasing its capacity to treat water from other industrial players.
Saves energy, has small footprint
Baswood claims that BioViper needs 40% less energy to run than traditional digestion systems and 25% less energy that other (undefined) emerging technologies.
A small physical footprint meant that the pretreatment facility could be sited within DPS’s existing Houston site, Baswood added, while it was modular and scalable to allow for additional capacity.
BioViper is based on the patented aerobic/anaerobic integrated media system (AIMS), which uses Baswood’s Dry Cycle Aerobic/Anaerobic Digestion (DCAD) technology.
Wastewater passes through treatment zones in the system and results in accelerated digestion of organic waste with virtually no odors.
Baswood also claims that its Bioviper system has reduced horsepower demands and is internally self-buffering, which reduces the need to use costly chemicals.