BioPro Ireland is full service, Irish company formed in 2011 that supplies biological wastewater treatment plants also known as effluent treatment plants, from small domestic units to suit one off dwellings to large urban units or commercial & industrial units that can accommodate thousands. We are part of the August group, with several state of the art manufacturing plants in Europe.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Water and Wastewater - Water Treatment
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- $1,000,000 US - $10,000,000 US
Bathtubs, sinks, toilets, washing machines, and dish washing
machines create used water – wastewater.
We must treat the used wastewater. Domestic wastewater
becomes a problem that must be solved in the best possible way
yet there are still people believing the best way to get rid of
wastewater is to let it flow into a concreted bottomless neighboring
pit or septic tank. This is a crime to your neighbors and nature.
What can we do with wastewater?
1. Wastewater can be accumulated in underground septic tanks.
Septic tanks feature various capacities, they should be selected
according to the volume of wastewater; however if you are
discharging wastewater into these devices, you must periodically
hire someone to take away the accumulated wastewater to the
treatment plant. The frequency of such services depends on the
volume of wastewater and sewage treatment required.
2. You can install a wastewater treatment or sewage treatment
plant. There are many models on the market; therefore you must
be careful in your selection when replacing your septic tank.
Wastewater treatment plants
Technologies are constantly developing, however generally
wastewater treatment plants can be classified into aerating and
anaerobic (also called septic systems). Such wastewater treatment
plants are often used for the treatment of domestic wastewater.
Anaerobic wastewater treatment plants (septic systems) can be
imagined as the system of “several wells” – wastewater flows from
one reservoir to another and is gradually filtered. These systems
do not require power or any maintenance, however the treated
water does not normally comply with environmental requirements.
Usually such systems require additional cleaning – filtering with
specially installed soil or plants, or other treatment facilities (e.g.
Although this plant is based on very simple, even natural methods
– penetration via soil, using its filtration potential, it usually
disappoints owners who select this kind of wastewater treatment
plant. The assembly of a simple system also requires skills and
knowledge, whereas the self-made equipment usually pollutes the
soil and ground water.
Another significant disadvantage of such plants is greater area,
required for installation of septic systems. Sanitary safety zones
must also be increased from lakes and rivers.
Despite such wastewater treatment plant operates unattended, its
efficiency cannot be increased in case of increased volume of
wastewater. Supervision of protection of soil from pollutants is also
complicated. Constant fermentation, osmosis processes increase
the likelihood of unpleasant odor.
The lifetime of this wastewater treatment plant is relatively short –
approximately 5-10 years, after this period you should install a new
wastewater treatment plant and manage the old one.
Aerated and biological sewage treatment plants cleans the
wastewater to higher levels. The water resulting from treated
wastewater can be used repeatedly – it complies with all
environmental requirements. Such water can be released into the
soil, open water bodies, or it can be accumulated and used
repeatedly, e.g. for watering of lawns or carwash. Normally this
high quality of treated water can only be obtained by wastewater
treatment plants, certified by notified laboratories, approving the
requirements for wastewater treatment plants. Air supply is
required for these plants, ensuring the existence of bacteria
participating in the wastewater treatment processes; for this
purpose, electricity is required. Power consumption depends on
the capacity of the air required. Occasional removal of
accumulated sludge must also be calculated into operational costs.
Operation of biological wastewater treatment plants
Wastewater is discharged via pipes to the biological treatment
plant and is treated in a several stages; active fermentation
processes ensure the treated water is clean again.
1. Wastewater is discharged via pipes to the mesh opening
(designed to stop mechanical and plastic impurities) and reaches
the reservoir of the biological treatment plant. Wastewater is
enriched with organic contaminants, remains of food, grease, as
well as various chemical impurities – washing powder, various
cleaners, soap, etc. Water is cleaned in several important stages.
2. In the anaerobic (airless) fermentation zone, deterioration of
organic matter, e.g. remains of food, is processed.
3. The generated matter mixes with active sludge (where the
plantation of bacteria is flourished) and reaches the de-nitrification
zone, where bacteria turn the nitrates into nitrogen gas which is
released into air (similar reaction happens with phosphorus).
Kitchen and toilet wastewater are also enriched with nitrates.
4. Then follows the aeration zone, where wastewater is saturated
with air using an air compressor. In this zone, chemical
dissociation – nitrification is performed.
5. Subsequently the treated effluent outflows via a funnel-shaped
opening into the bottom of sump, passing the layer of compressed
sludge and discharging from the plant.
The treated water can be accumulated and re-used for watering of
lawns, flowers, carwash, or it can be outlet into reclamation trench,
We must ensure the water outlet into the environment is properly
cleaned and complies with all environmental requirements. This
can only be guaranteed with certified biological plants certified with
CE conformity or similar authority worldwide.
Variety and comparison of wastewater
treatment systems Part II
A decision to install a biological wastewater treatment plant often
raises various questions.
Choosing biological wastewater treatment plant, which
answers your needs best
The average wastewater treatment plants look the same. However
they differ in treatment technologies, cleaning parameters, as well
as in size, shape of plants, installation methods and operational
costs. Therefore be careful when choosing the wastewater
treatment plant, assess the abovementioned differences and
certificates of potential suppliers.
Selecting the right size treatment plant is also extremely important.
The size of the plant is calculated according to the number of
residents in the house. The more water we use, the more
wastewater needs to be treated. Smaller wastewater treatment
plants are suitable for families living in individual houses, whereas
larger plants are suitable for hotels, campsites, restaurants, etc.
You build a house, expecting it to serve you a lifetime; therefore
you should select the wastewater treatment plant with the
appropriate responsibility. If you have difficulties in calculating the
need for wastewater treatment yourselves, ask for the assistance
of skilled specialists. Do not make a mistake, selecting a smaller
wastewater treatment plant just because it is cheaper. In some
time, all problems and expenses may outweigh the “saved” costs.
When is the right time to mount biological wastewater
Consider the wastewater treatment plant as soon as you purchase
the site. In designing the house of your dreams, do not forget to
determine the location for wastewater treatment system. You must
plan the appropriate location, respecting the requirements for
statutory sanitary zones.
The treatment plant can be installed during the construction stage
of the house, however major external construction of the house
(walls, roofing) must be finished, ensuring no heavy-weight
machinery, such as trucks, lifting cranes, delivering various
constructing materials and facilitating the construction process, is
required to enter into the site. Such heavy-weighted machinery can
damage the laid pipework or the installed plant.
Compact treatment plants are small in size and do not spoil the
view, however operate in a perfect manner.
Who could install biological wastewater treatment plant?
The efficiency of the plant is closely related with correct
installation, therefore this task should be trusted to skilled
specialists, or it should be performed closely observing their
instructions. If you have any doubts in your capability, do not
hesitate to contact the appropriate specialists.
Specialists will install the plant in one day. Starting with the very
first day, the treated wastewater complies with all environmental
It is most convenient to select the wastewater treatment plant from
a company that produces, installs the plants and ensures their
warranty and post-warranty maintenance. Such companies often
provide the plant designing and consultation services, therefore all
required topics can be arranged in site, thus saving both time and
How should I start using biological wastewater treatment
Biological wastewater treatment plants feature one major
advantage – the commissioning of such plants is extremely simple.
The installed wastewater treatment plants can be launched for
operation on the same day, after delivery and pouring of active
sludge and all adjustment proceedings. No further special
procedures are required; the only important thing to do is to ensure
wastewater starts flowing into the treatment system.
Another important advantage of such wastewater treatment plants
is the capability of plant to stay free of wastewater for a prolonged
period, even one month. It is very convenient during vocations or
when installing wastewater treatment plants with discontinuous
flow of wastewater, e.g. in rural tourism homesteads.
Maintenance of biological wastewater treatment plants
The use of biological wastewater treatment plants is convenient
and nearly maintenance-free. Special technologies of these
systems ensure proper management of even great volumes
accessing into the system, e.g. full bathtub of soapy water. With
these wastewater treatment plants, you can also use convenient
domestic chemicals, as they do not worsen the efficiency of the
Efficiency of system operation is also not affected by toilet paper or
kitchen wastewater, accessing into the system, as the biological
plant manages this kind of matter.
This equipment is also resistant to winter colds, as the sewerage is
supplied with warm air flow; various biological processes also
ensure cold resistance in the system.
Biological wastewater treatment systems feature extreme
durability. They are usually guaranteed over 10 yearlong problem-
free operations. However by purchasing equipment of such high
importance, we want a lifetime operation.