Aqueonics, Inc.

Aquifer Recharge

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All land has beneath the surface one or more water tables which can be separated by aquacludes. The water tables constitute aquifers and act as reservoirs from which water may be withdrawn. Aquifers are replenished naturally through rainfall, but can also be recharged by utilizing Aqueonics' efficient system of Aquifer Recharge which injects water beneath the surface through wells or percolation beds.

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Northwest Environmental Security Maintenance Association (NESMA) 2005

  • Location: Hampton Township, NJ
  • System Type: Alternating Aerobic/Anaerobic Trickling Filter System (Alternating Aerobic/Anaerobic Trickling Filter System)
  • Discharge Type : Aquifer Recharge
  • Volume: 50,000 gpd (Phase I), 197,000 gpd (Phase II)
  • Use: Mixed-Use Commercial/Residential

The 197,000 gpd Aqueonics treatment facility was designed and built to serve future development wastewater treatment needs of an existing retail complex limited by antiquated septic system capacity and a 570 unit residential community to be located in the pristine rolling hill country of northern New Jersey. The facility incorporated a phased construction approach, where the initial phase was constructed to treat 50,000 gpd of commercial wastewater. The facility was designed for two additional phases to achieve the total of 197,000 gpd as the commercial and residential development progresses. The effluent is treated to reuse standards with discharge to groundwater for aquifer recharge. The area was highly glaciated; resulting in most areas having little soil cover over impermeable shale, and with no access to surface water discharge possibility, discharge of wastewater to make this site reach its development potential was problematic. However, two limited areas of permeable glacial outwash deposits were found into which discharge could be effected to groundwater. The groundwater is withdrawn from on-site wells to serve the development.

This facility will be placed in service in first quarter 2006.

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Osprey Point - 2004

  • Location: Marmora, NJ
  • System Type: Alternating Aerobic/Anaerobic Trickling Filter System
  • Discharge Type: Aquifer Recharge
  • Volume: 38,000 gpd
  • Size: 149 Age-Restricted Residences
  • Use: Residential

The 38,000-gpd facility was designed to serve a development of 149 age-restricted residences on a seaside coastal resort with environmentally sensitive aquifer. Because Aqueonics facilities require only a small footprint and create minimal noise or odor, the facility was designed with a residential exterior to fit into the neighborhood. The high-quality effluent is discharged to subsurface beds for aquifer recharge.

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Clove Hill Manor - 2004

  • Location: Wantage Twp, NJ
  • System Type: Alternating Aerobic/Anaerobic Trickling Filter System
  • Discharge Type :Aquifer Recharge
  • Volume: 20,000 gpd
  • Use: Residential

The 20,000-gpd facility occupies a lot next to one of the homes in this development set in the rolling hills of northern New Jersey. The effluent is discharged to subsurface beds for aquifer recharge.

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Decker Development - 1994

    Location: Franklin Lakes, NJ

  • System Type: Alternating Aerobic/Anaerobic Trickling Filter System
  • Discharge Type: Aquifer Recharge
  • Volume: 3,500 gpd
  • Use: Commercial

This small all-fiberglass modular system is a K-Series Aqueonics facility designed to serve a shopping center in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.  This facility was designed to provide  3,500 gpd of treatment capacity to achieve drinking water nitrogen standards in the groundwater.  The owner of this site faced significant issues when the original design for this project, which was to employ a conventional septic system was approved by the local authorities but disapproved by  the state.   Testing found the  soils to be  inadequate to receive the wastewater at the proposed location in sufficient quantity and of  sufficient quality to meet the requirements of the NJPDES permit.

Aqueonics provided a system solution for the site by providing a small denitrifying system to meet the permit discharge requirements and was able to locate soils under the surficial fragipan and beneath available strip and border areas which were of sufficient size and permeability to discharge treated effluent without disturbing the approved site plan and development density.  The discharge beds were located under areas that served as border landscaping for the site.

The facility was placed in service in 1994.

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Mt. Arlington Corporate Center / Residential Development - 1990

  • Location: Mt. Arlington, NJ
  • System Type: Alternating Aerobic/Anaerobic Trickling Filter System
  • Discharge Type : Aquifer Recharge
  • Volume: 158,000 gpd
  • Use: Mixed-Use Commercial/Residential

The 158,000 gpd Aqueonics treatment facility at a mixed-use corporate center and residential development was constructed for a major utility in New Jersey as a turnkey project.  The plant was built within a previously approved footprint and with the capability to be expanded.  The system treats a mix of domestic and high-ammonia commercial waste for subsurface discharge on site.

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Seneca Garden Apartments - 2003

  • Location: Jefferson Township, New Jersey
  • System Type: Alternating Aerobic/Anaerobic Trickling Filter System
  • Discharge Type: Aquifer Recharge
  • Volume: 16,000 gpd
  • Use: Residential

The Seneca Garden facility is an Aqueonics modular K-Series Alternating Aerobic/Anaerobic Trickling Filter system serving a 72 unit garden apartment complex in the Lake Hopatcong watershed area of Jefferson Township, New Jersey.  The complex is located on commuter Route 15 just off I-80, which provides access to the New York metropolitan area.  The treatment facility with denitrifying capability was needed to protect Lake Hopatcong from an increase in nutrients from subsurface discharges of groundwater into the lake from surrounding development.  This facility was the first of a series of measures being taken to serve surrounding development with alternative replacement of traditional septic systems which are causing severe nutrient pollution concerns for the lake. 

The system, which was placed in service in 2003, discharges effluent meeting drinking water nitrogen standards to a complex of three nearby subsurface discharge beds.

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Upper Township School - 1986

  • Location: Marmora, NJ
  • System Type: Alternating Aerobic/Anaerobic Trickling Filter System
  • Discharge Type: Aquifer Recharge
  • Volume: 8,325 gpd
  • Use: Institutional

The 8,325 gpd facility serves an elementary and middle school of 535 while complying with aquifer and nitrogen requirements in discharging to subsurface beds. The small size and modular construction along with its low noise minimal odor design allows it to be placed near the school parking lot without nuisance.

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Welkind Neurological Hospital - 1981

  • Location: Chester, NJ
  • System Type: Alternating Aerobic/Anaerobic Trickling Filter System
  • Discharge Type: Aquifer Recharge
  • Volume: 18,000 gpd
  • Use: Institutional

The 18,000 gpd Aqueonics wastewater treatment plant located at the Welkind Neurological Hospital in Chester, New Jersey was among the first facilities to be licensed in 1981 under the then-new New Jersey NJPDES process for discharge to groundwater.  It serves a rehabilitation institution for the neurologically impaired.  Discharge of disinfected effluent which receives secondary treatment is to groundwater recharge beds located elsewhere on the grounds.  Special issues that were considered were extremes of hydraulic and biological shock loadings and anticipation of toxic shock loadings of disinfectants, pharmaceuticals, and other unconventional materials.  Full use is made of equalization facilities to dilute and mix such influents to manageable levels, segregate solid materials and provide further volumetric mixing in large primary facilities and then utilize fixed film media surficial reactors to minimize the deleterious effects of toxic shock and to provide for quick recovery under traditionally difficult operating conditions.

The facility is owned and operated by the Multiple Sclerosis Service Organization and was constructed for Hospital Corporation of America.

This facility was placed in service in 1982.

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Cotton Hope Plantation - 1982

  • Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
  • System Type: Trickling Filter System
  • Discharge Type: Aquifer Recharge
  • Volume: 100,000 gpd
  • Use: Residential

Cotton Hope Plantation is a resort condominium/time-share community located on the exclusive resort Hilton Head Island.  At the time of its construction, sewer service had not been extended to that portion of the island, and the sewer utility was under construction moratorium and consent order, so a separate facility was required to allow construction of Cotton Hope Plantation in the absence of public sewer.  It was desirable to have a facility of minimal size, absence of odors, and construction similar to the adjoining condominiums so as to minimally affect the project construction and require minimal use of valuable land.  Discharge was to be to subsurface beds, with construction of additional units on the site once their use was discontinued.  Operation was turned over to employees of the utility, who were eventually slated to convert the unit into a flow-equalizing pump station once conditions were remedied at the central utility.  It is believed that the facility presently serves in that function after some 10 years of operation.

This facility was placed in operation in 1982.

Customer reviews

  1. By THIPPESWAMY MATADA on

    VERY GOOD WORK AQUFFFFFIER RE CHARGE .LOT MORE SUCH EXAMPLES WILL CERTAINLY WILL HELP SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS. M.N.THIPPESWAMY

  2. By Jerry Traynham on

    Thank you for your comment concerning our work with Aquifer Recharge programs. We have more than thirty years of experience in this area of sustainability and protection of our natural resources. If we can be of assistance in any way with any of your projects we would be pleased to offer our staff of senior scientist to assist. We are also pioneers in beneficial reuse and wastewater mining. We are the inventors of the wastewater mining concept and performed the first project ever attempted in the US in 1981. Thank you@THIPPESWAMY MATADA