Patents Assigned to ESTR, Inc.
  • Patent number: 6682057
    Abstract: An aerator has a housing which contains a fluid inlet nozzle and a fluid discharge nozzle positioned on either side of an air inlet formed in a T-pipe. The fluid inlet nozzle has a bore with a flared inlet, and a cylindrical outlet, in which a spiral groove or rifling is formed which extends to the end of the inlet nozzle, allowing the infed contaminated water to pass through, being swirled by the spiral groove, and then exit into an expansion chamber in communication with the air inlet, where air is entrained within the swirling water. Banks of the aerators are used in a wastewater treatment system, having a rectangular tank with a serpentine flow path. Dissolved oxygen meters provide data to a Programmable Logic Controller to control the pumps recirculating liquid within the tank. Pumps are turned on and off to achieve target minimum levels of dissolved oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: ESTR, Inc.
    Inventor: Gaylen R. La Crosse
  • Patent number: 5178755
    Abstract: Ozonated liquid is mixed within a multi-stage clarifier system with wastewater to be treated and suspended solids are removed. The clarified effluent is filtered and exposed to ultraviolet radiation. Ozone is injected into the irradiated effluent and received within a contact tower where reaction between the contaminants and ozone takes place. The ultraviolet irradiated, ozonated, and clarified liquid is recirculated through an ozone injector and discharged through a mixer plate into a purge chamber. The purge chamber effluent is split, with a portion returning to the contact tower and passing through a second ultraviolet radiation source, and the remaining purge chamber effluent being distributed within the clarifiers. After a predetermined residence within the system, a diverter valve in the return line is operable to discharge the treated water through a carbon filter and out of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: ESTR Inc.
    Inventor: Gaylen R. LaCrosse