Water Efficiency July/August 2014 : Page 30

Boy Scout Jamboree Site Adopts Water Reuse ORENCO Cleaning up after yourself and taking care of your surroundings are principles of scouting. Conservation efforts and a new “Sustainability” merit badge reflect the Boy Scout philosophy and the times. By Carol Brzozowski S ustainability is a core principal for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). So much so that the organization promotes it in every aspect of the program, all the way through the highest rank —Eagle Scout—in which candidates are required to earn a merit badge in either Environmental Science or Sustainability. Th e century-old organization’s 15,000-acre property—the Summit Bechtel Reserve in southern West Virginia—is the new permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree, which attracted more than 30,000 Scouts and their leaders during its grand opening 2013 Jamboree. When it’s not used for Jamboree events—which occur every four years—it serves as a high-adventure camp to be used every few months or more oft en, mostly in the summer and occasionally in the winter. How to deal with wastewater at Th e Summit, which has been designed as a fl agship sustainability project for the BSA, presented a challenge. Th e solution: graywater would be processed on site in a manner that would not only have the lowest impact, but off er the highest yield in benefi cial use by treating water from each building’s showers and sinks for use in toilet fl ushing. Orenco Systems was selected to provide AdvanTex AX-RT advanced wastewater treatment. Clear, odorless, reusable effl uent is produced through a pre-packaged “plug and play” AX20 wastewater treatment system. UV disin-fection also is available for the system. Th e system produces biochemi-cal oxygen demand (BOD) and total suspended solids (TSS) of 10 mg/L or less, enabling it to be reused for second-ary purposes such as toilet fl ushing or subsurface irrigation. 30 WATER EFFICIENCY WWW.WATEREFFICIENCY.NET

Boy Scout Jamboree Site Adopts Water Reuse

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