Remote Fishing Facilities Change Their Water Way


Courtesy of Bio-Microbics, Inc.

The Situation:
With a natural grandeur and isolation coupled with teeming seas and streams, British Columbia has long been considered Canada's premier destination (or fishing. The isolated Pacific Coastal Mountain Range protects this secluded valley bottom and provides a location for a booming fishing lodge industry.

Besides the fishing lodges that have cropped up in recent years, there are three types of remote fishing lodges: Land/coastal-based off shore, floating hotel barges, and individual floating cabins. These (baling cabins have become a popular part of the experience by allowing fishermen to seek better water levels and avoid over fished areas with the added benefit of extended stay packages.

A mobile floating cabin would provide all the amenities (i.e. private bathrooms, showers, kitchens, etc.) that fishermen would expect from land-based lodges, however, normal septic holding tanks would not allow (or this much usage. Due to the fact that most of these remote locations have no roads with only boat and air access, this creates a challenge for the sewer infrastructure.

The British Columbia's remote fishing lodge industry was threatened by federal regulators due to not meeting the Fisheries Act requirements. Unless better 'eco-friendly' septic treatment was addressed, these lodges would be closed or fined up to $200,000. If these fishing lodges wanted to continue to provide the best levels of services, facilities, comfort and safety, better ways to provide wastewater treatment became top priority. Pinnacle Environmental Technologies kept them open and operating.

The Solution:
The unique issues to be resolved for the floating fishing lodges were to (a) change the direction of the wastewater from a direct discharge into the waterway into a wastewater treatment unit, (b) manage the weight distribution of a fully operational treatment unit, (c) manage the affect of the waterway's colder water environment, (d) select a treatment technology that would not only meet the Federal government's Fisheries Act requirements but also meet these requirements of operation.

Pinnacle Environmental Technologies Inc. solved the treatment levels problem on day one by utilizing the BioBarriei* Membrane BioReactors by Bio-Microbics Inc. inside on-deck and/or floating tanks. The BioBarriei* is the only tested and proven system that meets the NSF Standard 350 for reclaimed water and meets the Canadian Federal Fisheries Act Pinnacle also provided various solutions to meet other site specific needs from custom built sewage lift stations that fit under the log booms to macerating specialized pump systems and additional aeration systems for high strength wastewater.

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