ADI systems to upgrade wastewater treatment technology at screwworm sterile fly production facility

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Source: ADI Systems

ADI Systems will once again partner with The Commission for the Eradication and Prevention of Screwworm (COPEG) to upgrade its wastewater treatment system in Pacora, Panama.

COPEG has a cooperative agreement between Panama and the United States to safeguard Panama and the rest of the countries of Central and North America from screwworm re-infestation. Infection from screwworms, a fly species that feeds on the living tissue of animals, can be managed by developing sterile, male-only strains of the New World screwworm. COPEG’s plant in Panama is the cornerstone of prevention.

Screwworm sterile fly production wastewater has an extremely high total Kjeldahl nitrogen (TKN) concentration, which needs to be treated with the right wastewater treatment technology. In 2004, ADI Systems worked with COPEG to establish its original wastewater treatment system for the greenfield production facility.

The new project involves modifying and upgrading the system to add a third sequencing batch reactor (SBR) to the existing ADI-SBR system for peak production conditions. The third SBR will also serve as an aerobic sludge digester/thickener for lower production periods. ADI Systems will provide equipment, engineering, and technical services for the project.

Once completed, the three SBRs will enable the COPEG plant to produce up to 100 million sterile fly pupae a week and continue to meet Panamanian effluent discharge limits. ADI Systems is pleased to be working with COPEG again as part of this international mission to control screwworm re-infestation.

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