Launching the IBR at Russky Island

The Russky Island wastewater treatment facility is up and running.

Today at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2012 Conference, Ecologix Environmental Systems announced the installation of an advanced, end-to-end wastewater treatment facility on Russky Island, Russia. The project is part of the Russian government’s $6 billion, two-year infrastructure and development project for the island, located off the coast of Vladivostok in the Sea of Japan.

The newly installed Ecologix Integrated Bio-Reactor (IBR) helps make a sparsely populated part of Russia habitable for what will be the largest community to ever live there – an estimated 30,000 residents will attend or work at the island’s new Far Eastern Federal University.

“This installation is the culmination of two years of collaborative project development, working with Russian government officials to deliver a system that offers high performance while operating with a lower environmental footprint,” said Eli Gruber, President and CEO, Ecologix Environmental Systems.

The IBR is capable of supporting the entire island by handling up to 2.65 million gallons of wastewater per day. By choosing the above-ground IBR system, development officials for the island were able to eliminate much of the civil work expenses that generally accompany the buildup of wastewater treatment infrastructure.

In-ground biological reactors – the types of systems often selected to treated wastewater in places like Russky Island – require multiple shallow, steel-reinforced concrete basins, fit with energy intensive aeration systems. Not only are these kinds of reactors expensive to build, they can also be costly to maintain and prohibitive in a delicate island ecosystem.

Ecologix’s IBR simplifies civil preparation of wastewater treatment infrastructure with its above ground configuration. The system, which can also be used in conjunction with industrial wastewater treatment applications, requires less energy, costs less to build and delivers greater savings in maintenance and operational costs.

At this new installation, it also provides an efficient method of cleaning Russky Island’s wastewater to the standard where it can be safely discharged into surface waterways. Additional treatment processes installed alongside the IBR make treated water safe for irrigation and limited reuse.

This article was originally released over at the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch. View the release here.

Categories: Wastewater Treatment


  1. Sludge Dewatering
    Sludge Dewatering On November 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm Reply

    This sounds like a very interesting project. Does the above ground IBR system return any recyclable sludge byproducts that can be further reclaimed, refined or recycled?

    • ecologixsystems
      ecologixsystems On November 29, 2012 at 9:35 am Reply

      Thanks for the question. The IBR works on the Activated Sludge process, so yes, any sludge that is not put to use in the biological reactor would be discharged from the system. This biological waste can then be turned into compost. However, digesting the sludge to the point where it is a nutrient rich, stabilized compost requires additional treatment processes.

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