Cocopeat for treating septic tank effluent

2011 - 2012 • RTI International, Research Triangle Institute

Purpose

To test and commercialize an innovative biofilter medium harvested from crushed coconut shells. Cocopeat, the dust that remains after the coir (fibers) are removed, is proving to be an effective medium for treating wastewater.

Activities

We recently launched the first of several demonstration units for our cocopeat wastewater bioreactor technology project. For this component of the study, schools were chosen as the wastewater source for demonstrating the suitability of the technology for difficult applications. Schools represent a bigger challenge than many other sources for wastewater treatment technologies due to their highly variable flows. Systems must be able to function under peak flow conditions common during special events, as well as low flows during weekends and summer vacations. However, the opportunities are equally great as schools represent an ideal entry point into a community interested in scaling up sanitation through wastewater treatment. As students learn about the technology and benefits of treating wastewater, they can teach their parents, which helps raise awareness and demand for services.

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Asia & Pacific Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Latin America & Caribbean Peri-urban Product design and engineering Schools Treatment of wastewater or greywater

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RTI International
Research Triangle Park
United States


RTI International is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. Our mission is to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. RTI is the implementing partner of the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). STeP helps transformative sanitation technologies reach the 4.5 billion people worldwide who don't have access to safely managed sanitation by de-risking and accelerating innovative sanitation solutions. We help technology developers, commercial partners, and financing partners develop strong business models, field test products in real-world contexts, and identify and nurture the partnerships needed to achieve impact. RTI also implements the Nigeria Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (E-WASH) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Under this project, we expect to improve water delivery to 500,000 households by boosting the productivity and efficiency of State Water Boards (SWBs). Read more on our project page.

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