And finally… Coconut-based wastewater treatment unveiled

The husk that surrounds the fruit of coconut is being used within a new product to enhance wastewater effluent quality for both residential and commercial projects that require off-mains wastewater treatment.

Premier Tech Water and Environment has brought its Ecoflo Coco Filter to the UK market. The 100% natural, organic and renewable process ensures complete control over the size of each fragment and overall porosity, guaranteeing a uniform filtering medium that delivers a consistently high wastewater treatment performance over time.

Sourced and maritime shipped from Sri-Lanka, coconut-husk fragments not only effectively treat wastewater but also minimise CO2 emissions related to transport. With most synthetic and sand-based filtering media being shipped by rail or road, research has shown that the use of maritime transport for coconut-husk reduces CO2 by 12% (rail) and by 540% (road) over a 50 year cycle – further protecting our environment.

Ecoflo works with a non-mechanical tipping bucket that scatters wastewater across perforated distribution plates. Wastewater drips through these plates and falls across a filter made of coconut husk fragments, creating a physical barrier that cleans the effluent to an even higher standard. After percolating through the all-natural filter, water is then safely discharged into the environment.

Ian Wake, national sales director at Premier Tech Water and Environment, said: “The Ecoflo Coco Filter is a revolutionary wastewater treatment system that requires zero energy to improve the quality of wastewater effluent. Due to the nature of the coconut husk filtering medium, the all-natural product we create is not only renewable, but fully compostable after its years of treating wastewater are over.

“Combined with a lightweight, robust and compact design, Ecoflo provides a long lasting, sustainable, economical and environmentally friendly solution for years to come.”

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