January 2014 FCC-OSPE Luncheon


Brian Tornes

Brian Tornes

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2013

Time: Registration 11:30 am, Lunch 12:00 noon

Place: LaScala Restaurant, 3199 W. Dublin Granville Rd

Cost: $20 FCC-OSPE Members, $30 Non-Members

Registration: Click Here

PROGRAM:  “Union County Soil Research Laboratory – Research of on-site sanitary wastewater treatment and reclamation using engineered drainage.”

ABSTRACT:  The slow draining characteristics of the most prevalent soils throughout Ohio, limit the ability of a conventional leach field to be used for on-site disposal of residential sewage.  Leach fields installed in these soils have historically failed and subsequently become a public health concern due to the discharge of partially treated wastewater to surface or groundwater resources.  To overcome these concerns, current regulations require residents living in areas without sanitary sewer service to install a more expensive alternative system for their wastewater disposal.

This study will pilot test the effectiveness of an engineered bioreactor using in-place soils in a conventional leach field design along with subsurface drainage piping to allow for effective treatment of the wastewater to occur through the microbial activity of the soil, while increasing the hydraulic capacity of the leach field.  The result will be a low cost on-site wastewater dispersal system that protects the public health and environment.

Presenter:  Brian Tornes, Burgess & Niple, Inc.

Biography:  Brian Tornes is a project manager at Burgess & Niple, Inc. with over 20 years of engineering and management experience.  As a process engineer responsible for evaluation and design of water, wastewater, and storm water management systems utilizing both active and passive treatment methods, he has designed not only traditional chemical and biological treatment processes but also constructed wetlands, bioswales, and phytoremediation systems.  Mr. Tornes holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University.

A certificate for 1 hour of Professional Development for attending the program will be presented at the luncheon