Conventional wastewater infrastructure depends on external energy input. Rising energy costs force communities and municipalities in general to continuously increase user fees just to maintain existing services – never mind improve them. Conventional wastewater treatment is primarily designed to ensure pathogen kill and clarify the water before releasing it back into the environment. Unfortunately the wastewater treatment plant effluent still has a tremendous nutrient load as well as biological oxygen demand at this point, which puts considerable strains on the downstream biological equilibria.
Bionomic wastewater processing changes all of that. Bionomic wastewater processing generates its own energy from the organic materials contained in the wastewater stream. Pathogens are killed and consumed by the micro-organisms responsible for anaerobic digestion and fuel-from-organics conversion. The dissolved nutrients are fed to micro-algae, which process the nutrients into new, harvestable biomass. The resulting effluent has a balanced healthy reduced nutrient content as well as an elevated oxygen content, which de-stresses the downstream benthic environment. Best of all, considering all economic aspects, bionomic wastewater processing lowers wastewater management costs by over 70 percent. The environment ‘harvests’ significant benefits as well due to the significant reduction of anthropogenic burden.