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Yup, millions. These hearty creatures are key to our system´s success. As the hungry worms move throughout our system in search of food, they create air channels and thus passive aerate the system. Oxygen is a key component to wastewater treatment and while most technologies require a lot of energy to push air through water, our hungry worms are doing naturally. As the worms eat, they poop. Worm castings are extremely rich in microbes and bacteria which work symbiotically and beneficially together to form a biofilm that grows throughout the wood shavings and rocks. A biofilm is a sticky layer comprised of billions of microbial colonies which captures, retains, and breaks down waste.
Sustainability in Action
BioFiltro employs nature’s most effective cleaners, earthworms and micro-organisms, to enable clients to achieve profitable sustainability. Meet discharge requirements while minimizing wastewater management expenses, acreage used for land application, or industrial sewage discharge bills with our biofiltration process.
Capable of processing millions of gallons per day, the BIDA® System uses up to 95% less energy than traditional wastewater treatment methods to deliver water that is ready for reuse, crop irrigation, or apt for tertiary disinfection.
BioFiltro engineers custom design each BIDA® System to cater to the particular needs of each client. The modular design can meet individual household needs or that of multimillion gallon per day industrial clients.
- Energy Efficient: Passive aerobic process averages 0.0007 kWh/gallon treated.
- Maximize Return: Reduce industrial sewage bills or acreage needed in land application.
- Chemical Free: Eliminate expenditure and use of harmful chemicals.
- Sludge Free: The biomass converts waste overtime into nutritious castings.
- Guaranteed Effluent Quality: Custom design systems to meet discharge requirements.
- Proven: 26 years of operation including in the Atacama Desert and on Antarctica
Worms enable a hillside boutique winery in Napa County to regenerate process water into water immediately apt for reuse in drip irrigation on vineyards.
Replace an expensive & complex wastewater treatment technology with the effective technology of BioFiltro while delivering water apt for fruit tree irrigation.
How it works
How Does the BIDA® System Work?
The BIDA® System is a bioreactor that utilizes both physical and biological processes to provide secondary treatment. Physical filtration is provided by system medias which also cultivate a rich biomass of bacteria and worms for biological filtration.
Telemetry Monitoring & Control
Using a network of sensors and control panels, BioFiltro remotely tracks system performance and water quality parameters. Adjustments to system loadings can be made over the cloud to guarantee optimum performance.
Solid separators are installed to prevent large solids from reaching the BIDA® System. Captured organic solids are transferred to secondary vermicomposting bins while water flows into an equalization tank where sensors monitor constituents such as pH and flow while bacteria is added as a nutritional supplement.
An automated irrigation system disperses wastewater across the entire surface of the BIDA® System. Gravity pulls the water through layers of wood shavings and river cobble before final discharge. Due to the rapid 4 hour process, the bioreactor is virtually odorless and requires minimum storage capacity.
Earthworms & Microbial Bacteria
BioFiltro inoculates the surface of plant with an industry specific mix of worms and bacteria to achieve maximum reduction efficiencies on parameters such as BOD, TSS, FOG, Total Nitrogen, TDS, Ammonia, and Phosphorus. The burrowing worms create air channels, digest suspended solids, and can achieve densities of 12,000 worms per cubic yard. For seasonal clients, the biomass survives off of the carbon based wood shavings during the off season.
Sustainable & Natural Byproducts
BioFiltro´s patented BIDA® System enable clients to filter water onsite, converting wastewater into a reusable asset and contaminants into a natural and nutritious fertilizer with high microbial count.
Our research showed that BioFiltro's vermiculture dairy manure technology reduces atmospheric nitrogen losses by 90%. After studying the microbiology, we now know that denitifiers take various nitrogen compounds and convert them to atmospheric nitrogen (N2). Great technology.
It's essential that we constantly ask ourselves if there is a better, more efficient and more regenerative way to approach our business, including the way we work with water. BioFiltro offers a compelling process that aligns with our business goals as well as our overarching objective to leave the world a better place than we found it.
In our quest to find a solution to improve and expand our effluent water treatment plant at Interstate 5 and Highway 180, which services hotels, gas stations and fast food restaurants, there were several conventional options. BioFiltro offered the most innovative, cost-effective and environmentally superior method with the BIDA® System. We have been delighted with the process and productivity the system provides. Truly the perfect choice.
This is the first system that we found that could provide an economical and efficient solution capable of cleaning our green water. The simplicity of using worms and biology is brilliant.
We have used the BIDA® System for 15 years and it has never ceased to produce high quality effluent compliant with our very strict discharge requirements. As a chemical free system that requires little daily maintenance, BioFiltro is a great investment.
The benefit of the BIDA® System compared to the anaerobic digestor and activated sludge is, first of all, the tremendous energy savings. It is also aligned with the world’s greatest need as it is both the right and cost effective way to do business. Visitors are captivated as they cannot believe that worms and bacteria are replacing the work of chemicals and machines.