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Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island MBR systemsview Toray

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Location: Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Supplied by: Toray Industries, Inc.



MBR technology/system:

Toray MBR

Flat Sheet (FS) MBR membrane configuration | Immersed technology configuration
Membrane material: Polymeric
Capacity range (MLD): < 1.0
Owned by: Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD)
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About Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island MBR systems


In 2006, Toray began a successful relationship with the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) in beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada. Two membrane bio-reactor (MBR) systems were commissioned that year at CVRD at the Lambourn Estates and the Sentinel Ridge Sanitary Sewer Systems. Both systems incorporated Toray's TMR140 series MBR modules.

The Lambourn Estates system treats an average daily flow (ADF) of 140 m3/day with a peak daily flow (PDF) of 350 m3/day. The effluent is further treated by ultraviolet (UV) then discharged to the ocean. The ADF at Sentinel Ridge plant is 180 m3/day. CVRD later installed several new MBR plants, including Twin Cedars (137 m3/d ADF) in 2007; Woodland Shores (200 m3/d) in 2008; and Arbutus Ridge (350 m3/d) in 2016.

MBR systems are proven to produce a high-quality effluent with a compact footprint, low maintenance, and modular design that makes it easy to upgrade. Table 1 shows the typical MBR effluent quality when treating municipal sewage. An analysis performed in June 2020 at the UV outlet of Sentinel Ridge shows the MBR modules are still producing excellent treated water quality (Table 2).


At Sentinel Ridge, the influent BOD is 350 mg/ L and operates at an MLSS between 9–15 g/L. The only pretreatment includes two equalization tanks that are hydraulically connected and a 2 mm screen. The MBR system operates at an average flux rate of 11 gfd with a transmembrane pressure (TMP) between 1.0 and 1.5 psi and cleaning intervals of once every six months.

The graph in Figure 4 illustrates the influent and effluent total suspended solids (TSS). Effluent TSS was 1 mg/L on average.


In 2016, Toray introduced the 'New High Performance' (NHP) MBR module (Figure 5). The NHP uses the same durable polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) flat-sheet membrane of the TMR modules. However, one TMR140-100S module consists of 1,507 ft2 in membrane area, while an NHP210-300S holds 2,260 ft2 in membrane area, giving the NHP module a 50% higher packing density. The additional surface area allows the end-user to treat higher flows or operate at a reduced flux rate. Furthermore, the unique construction of the NHP module has reduced the weight by 70% for easier shipping and handling. TMR modules are easily retrofittable with the NHP.

CVRD installed several of its MBR plants with this latest technology. The MBR system at Arbutus Ridge was able to expand its capacity from 350 m3/d using two rotating biological contractors to 650 m3/d using six NHP210-300S modules. The Twin Cedars plant installed four NHP210- 300S modules by retrofitting the TMR140-100S model and utilizing spare spaces available in the MBR tank. The capacity tripled from 137 m3/d to 450 m3/d. Lambourn Estates also installed four NHP210-300S modules.

Company summary

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Head office in Tokyo, Japan
Operates in Worldwide
commissioned plants Total installed capacity of 790,000 m3/day

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This page was last updated on 22 April 2021


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