Municipal & Industrial Wastewater Treatment


For decades, humans have been using fresh water faster than it can be replaced. Global population growth, increasing water scarcity, aging water infrastructure, and the enactment of stricter water quality regulations are driving demand for improved water and wastewater treatment systems.

To address rising concerns over the effects of inadequately treated water on human health and the environment, much of the water used by our homes, industries, and businesses must be treated before it is released back to the environment.

Wastewater treatment plants are an effective way to reduce pollutants in human and industrial wastewater enough for it to be disposed of without endangering human and environmental health.

Sapphire Water offers a variety of wastewater treatment systems, from traditional membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems to advanced moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) systems. Our wastewater treatment systems are completely self-contained, stainless steel packaged plants that are built in modular fashion, and are robust enough to meet the rigors of use in harsh remote operating conditions. Each system is designed and fabricated to suit the individual site requirements and specifications, and with their small footprints can be constructed to fit into an existing space. Our team at Sapphire Water has a diverse background in wastewater treatment, and will work with design and engineering teams to tailor the wastewater treatment system to fit the requirements of each specific site.

Contact our team today to find out how we can solve your wastewater treatment issues.


With over 2,000 successful installations worldwide, the MBBR is a proven wastewater treatment technology. MBBR systems require less space than conventional wastewater treatment systems because the biomass is more concentrated, and the efficiency of the system is less dependent on the final sludge separation. These systems produce less sludge and do not require recycling of the sludge, lowering operational costs. By changing the media fill level, MBBR systems can be adapted to respond to an increase or decrease in a population without expanding its existing footprint. They produce exceptional quality effluent that by far exceeds North American environmental discharge standards.

Typical applications include:

  • Oceanside or lakeside vacation resorts
  • Mountain or ski developments
  • Closed-loop “LID” and sustainable mixed-use developments
  • Remote workforce accommodations
  • Industrial Waste
  • Other remote installations

Membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems employ a combination of biological processes and membrane filtration. Typically, a suspended growth bioreactor is followed by microfiltration or ultrafiltration membrane filtration to reject the solid materials developed by the biological process, resulting in a clarified and disinfected product effluent. MBR systems vastly reduce levels of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand (COD), and almost completely remove suspended solids.

MBRs are more efficient than conventional wastewater treatment systems and can operate with an activated sludge tank that is up to 60% smaller, providing the same amount of treatment within a reduced footprint. They provide superior quality effluent that can be used for almost any non-potable reuse application.