When Naturita CO first contacted WCS in 2010, they were in the process of evaluating a proposal to abandon their lagoons and participate in an $8 Million regional WWTP with some of the neighboring communities. When their neighbors backed away from that idea Naturita was then was presented with a plan for a $4 Million Mechanical Plant upgrade. Naturita has already had to mothball a mechanical plant that was built back in the 1970’s and wasn’t eager to return to the high O&M costs of a mechanical plant. In looking for a cheaper alternative, Naturita found WCS online and requested a proposal for a Bio-Dome system capable of helping them meet their winter month Ammonia limits.
Solution & Results
The proposed system for Naturita consists of 77 Bio-Domes and will cost the community under $300,000 to implement. Before they can proceed to a full scale installation however, Naturita has requested a Mobile Pilot Unit that they will run from October 2012 through October 2013. The results of the pilot study to date can be seen below. The pilot unit did experience some freezing problems in mid January, but was able to quickly bounce back to regular operation.
Jason Carver has worked with WCS for the last year to get State approval to run the pilot study in Naturita. Naturita views the Bio-Domes as their best hope for meeting the state mandated requirements without having to bankrupt the community.