The Santa Paula project is the first large MBR installation in North America to use the KMS PURON membrane filtration modules
Koch Membrane Systems (KMS) has completed a case study detailing the construction of the new Santa Paula, Calif. water recycling facility, the first water recycling facility built under California government code 5956 to encourage private investment aiding in solving public infrastructure needs.
Santa Paula’s wastewater treatment facility was in violation of several discharge requirements issued by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, and had received more than 3,000 violations and fines in excess of $8 million. A consent judgment with the state issued in 2007 allowed the city to apply the fines toward a new wastewater treatment plant if the facility was completed and in compliant operation by December 15, 2010. Santa Paula opted to pursue a design-build-operate-finance strategy to construct a new state-of-the-art water recycling facility designed to meet the city’s current and future wastewater treatment needs. The project was awarded to Santa Paula Water, a partnership of PERC Water and Alinda Capital, in May, 2008. The system was completed and in full operation in May 2010, seven months ahead of the December 15, 2010 deadline.
PERC Water selected Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology featuring single header PURON membrane filtration modules from Koch Membrane Systems as a cost-effective and energy-efficient solution to meet the stringent discharge requirements. The Santa Paula project is the first large MBR installation in North America to use the KMS PURON membrane filtration modules, and promises to be one of the most energy-efficient MBR installations in the world.