Proven, Higher Filtration Flowrates Saves $Millions
10 GPM/ft2 Cuts Biological Filter Sizing in Half

November 22, 2016 -  Orthos Liquid Systems, Inc., (Orthos) the leading manufacturer of nozzle-based filter underdrain systems in water/wastewater treatment, helped save Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) nearly $8MM through proof of doubling the biological filter flowrate at the Edward W. Bailey Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in El Paso County, Colorado.  Early in plant design, pilot testing proved the plant could achieve a filtration rate of 12 GPM/ft2, more than double the state health department's standard rate for water treatment.

CSU celebrated in April 2016 the commissioning of the $125MM E.W. Bailey WTP, as part of the $1.45B Southern Delivery System (SDS) water delivery project that will meet regional needs through 2040. The SDS delivers Arkansas River water, stored in the Pueblo Reservoir, to nearly half a million people in Colorado Springs, West Metropolitan District, City of Fountain, and Security Water District.

The 82,000 ft 2 facility may currently treat up to 50 MGD, with a second-phase expansion expected to treat 100 MGD or more.  Phase 2 is anticipated to be built between 2020 and 2025, with a final schedule dependent on future water demand and climate conditions.
Water treatment at the Bailey WTP involves physical, chemical, and biological changes that transform raw water into potable water.  The facility uses traditional processes of flocculation and sedimentation along with ozonation and biological filtration to address turbidity and pathogen removal as well as taste and odor concerns.

Biological filtration uses granular activated carbon to remove organics, filterable solids, and micropollutants.  Ozonation prior to filtration converts total organic carbon to biodegradable dissolved organic carbon, which microbes growing on the media may consume. Final disinfection using chlorine results in significantly less harmful byproducts due to the reduction of organics by the biological filters.

Upon approval of the designed 10 GPM/ft2 filtration rate, CSU installed fewer filters, reducing the plant's cost by nearly $8MM. Six downflow filters utilizing Orthos' nozzle-based Centurion™ monolithic underdrains each measure 46' x 16'. Filtration media include 12" of ±0.6 mm sand and 72" of ±1.4 mm anthracite. Finished water consistently meets or exceeds regulations in the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

" The water treatment industry is increasingly utilizing biological filtration," said Tim Baumgartner, Orthos Head Engineer.  " Our nozzle-based underdrains allow for cost-cutting, higher filtration rates, while providing reliability and resiliency unmatched by block or folded-plate designs.  We look forward to being a significant part of the advancement of water treatment."
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Providing filtration solutions since 1978, Orthos Liquid Systems, Inc., is the leading manufacturer of nozzle-based filter systems and nozzle products in water/wastewater treatment. With thousands of North American installations in the municipal and industrial markets and millions of nozzles sold, Orthos delivers unparalleled quality and system longevity. Orthos is also the North American master licensee for Schlick® atomizing nozzles for pharmaceutical and other precision application industries. For more information, visit or call 843-987-7200.

Stuart Humphries
Orthos Liquid Systems, Inc.
Orthos Liquid Systems, Inc.
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