NUTRIENT REMOVAL ARTICLES BY KEVIN WESTERLING
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Retrofit Helps WWTP Meet New Total Nitrogen Limit
The City of East Providence WWTP was asked by RIDEM to upgrade its facilities to increase treatment capacity and also meet a new more stringent Total Nitrogen limit.
Howard County, Maryland Sets The Pace In Restoring Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem
Howard County, Maryland, Bureau of Utilities recently completed the $92-million Addition No. 7 project at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant (LPWRP) to improve the quality of the plant’s effluent discharge and to reduce harmful nutrients reaching Chesapeake Bay. The project’s various increments took over five years to complete and incorporated innovative design solutions and state-of-the-art technologies for denitrification, aeration and disinfection. The project presents a model for Maryland’s 66 largest wastewater treatment plants and possibly procurement of municipal facilities elsewhere facing increasingly stringent regulatory changes.
Solving A Taste and Odor Problem Step By Step (Article)
The City of Alliance Ohio’s water system has experienced annual Taste and Odor (T&O) events since the mid 1950’s, when the first of two reservoirs, Deer Creek Reservoir, was placed into service. Nutrient contaminants, in particular phosphorous, in the watershed accumulate in the reservoirs causing algal blooms. By Terry Keep of TrojanUV, Said Abou Abdallah of Arcadis, and Dr. Dean Reynolds, Department of Water Treatment City of Alliance, Ohio
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Engineering Angle: The Future Is Here — Embracing A New Paradigm In The World Of Water
Among the prominent advancements in improving public health and environment over the past two hundred years, collection and treatment of domestic wastewater ranks near the top. The traditional view of wastewater treatment has been of a “linear pipeline,” whereby wastewater is collected at one end of a watershed, transported as quickly as practical to the other end, where it is treated and discharged to the nearest waterbody as a disposal byproduct. By Art Umble, Ph.D., MWH Wastewater Practice Leader for the Americas region
Passive Filter - Sustainable BMP For Permanent Stormwater Treatment Of Heavy Metals, Nutrients, Hydrocarbons And Sediment Passive filtration provides a sustainable alternative to classical drainage concepts for source control of hydrocarbons, heavy metals and nutrients that endanger our water bodies. By Royal Environmental Systems, Inc.
Orion DUAL STAR™ Quick Start Note - Nitrate In Water & Wastewater The Thermo Scientific Orion DUAL STAR meter shows the results of both input channels simultaneously.
Filamentous Bacteria Controlled: A Quick And Easy Solution
The City of Kalispell used ingenuity, and just a few inexpensive parts, to solve a problem common to biological nutrient removal facilities. By Rebecca J. Bodnar, chemist and industrial pretreatment coordinator, Kalispell Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant
Simultaneous Determination Of Total Bound Nitrogen (TNb) And Total Organic Carbon (TOC) In Aqueous Samples Total bound nitrogen (TNb) consists of dissolved ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, amines, and other organic nitrogen-containing compounds. TNb measurements represent an alternative to Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN) analysis for rapid screening of industrial wastewater, drinking water,agricultural run-off, and surface waters. By OI Analytical
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NUTRIENT REMOVAL VIDEOS
WEDECO PRO3MIX Overview
The PRO3MIX bromate control system is an intelligent ozone-based advanced oxidation process (AOP) introduction and reaction system enabling ozone treatment in a compact and intelligent design to mitigate bromate formation even in cases of high level bromide in source water. This short animated overview walks the reader through the various disinfection points of the process.
Severn Trent Services Expands Capabilities For Disinfection, Nutrient Removal, And Filtration
Water Online’s Ron Grunsby interviews John Dyson of Severn Trent Services to uncover the latest innovations and developments from the company, including the product line on display at WEFTEC 2012.
Recycle/Reuse Test Program For The Hydroponic Greenhouse Industry Positive Stage Two Preliminary Results
Dr. Gene Shelp, President and CEO of ENPAR Technologies Inc. (“ENPAR” or “the Company”), is pleased to announce that operation of the ESD CapDi unit was initiated last week at an Ontario hydroponic greenhouse operation.
Toxic Algae Prep A Priority In Michigan
Ottawa County, MI, wants to be ready if toxic algae strikes.
Water And Agriculture Leaders Plant Seeds For Environmental Progress In Rare Collaboration
The US Water Alliance issued a report recently highlighting common ground and innovative strategies between agriculture and water and wastewater utilities to reduce nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin.
The World’s Largest Deammonification System To Be Provided By World Water Works For DC Water
World Water Works, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of wastewater treatment solutions, has been selected by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority – Blue Plains (DC Water) to provide its DEMON technology.
Algae Systems Testing Algae Bio-Fuel Production
Algae Systems LLC completed demonstration of a new biofuel production approach in early-August jointly with Japan’s IHI Corporation.
Toxic Algae's Newest Hot Spot
It's not just Toledo struggling with blue-green algae.
USDA Invests New Conservation Funds To Improve Lake Erie Water Quality
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced recently that $2M in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality.
Nutrinsic Corporation Raises $12.7M To Fuel Growth
Nutrinsic Corporation (www.nutrinsic.com) has completed a $12.7 million capital raise to support continued growth of its sustainable protein business.
Are Farmers To Blame For Minnesota’s Nitrate Problem?
Minnesota has a problem with nitrates, and state officials say the agriculture industry may not be doing enough to resolve it.
EPA Approves Pollution Budget For Restoring Maryland Coastal Bays
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the pollution budget developed by Maryland to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in Maryland’s coastal bays and tributaries to levels that meet water quality standards.
Iowa Utilities Dumping Nitrates Into Waterways
Many Iowa water utilities funnel what some consider pollution back into environmental waterways.
Toledo Water Ban Lifted, But Toxic Algae Could Return
The ban on water use in Toledo was lifted at 9:30 a.m. Monday Aug. 4, after hundreds of thousands were unable to use their water for over two days due to toxic algae contamination.
World Water Works To Unveil Exciting New Bulking Sludge Management Technology At WEFTEC 2014
World Water Works, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of wastewater treatment solutions, will unveil revolutionary new sludge bulking management technology at WEFTEC 2014.
RWL Water To Supply PEICo With Sixteen Skid Mounted Mobile Water Treatment Systems
RWL Water was recently hired to supply sixteen skid mounted mobile water treatment systems for Pooled Equipment Inventory Company (PEICo), a company dedicated to resolving common equipment and inventory-related problems in the nuclear electric utility industry.
About Nutrient Removal
Nutrient removal from wastewater consists of treating wastewater to remove nitrogen and phosphorus before it reenters natural waterways. High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in wastewater cause eutrophication, a process where excess nutrients stimulate excessive plant growth such as algal blooms and cyanobacteria. The decomposition of the algae by bacteria uses up the oxygen in the water causing other organisms to die. This creates more organic matter for the bacteria to decompose. In addition, some algal blooms can produce toxins that contaminate drinking water supplies.
As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program regulates point sources, such as municipal wastewater treatment plants, that discharge pollutants as effluent into the waters of the United States. In recent years, many of the States’ environmental bodies have lowered nutrient limits to arrest eutrophication. Maryland’s effort to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries is perhaps the most notable example of nutrient removal in the US. Nutrient removal continues to be a growing area of focus for wastewater treatment throughout the world.
The removal of nitrogen and phosphorus require different nutrient removal processes. To remove nitrogen, the nitrogen is oxidized from ammonia to become nitrate through a process called nitrification. This process is then followed by denitrification where the nitrate is reduced to nitrogen gas which is released to the atmosphere and removed from the wastewater.
Nitrification is a two-step aerobic process which typically takes place in aeration tanks. Denitrification requires anoxic conditions to encourage the appropriate biological conditions to form. The activated sludge process is often used to reduce nitrate to nitrogen gas in anoxic or denitrification tanks.
Phosphorus can be removed biologically using polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs) which accumulate large quantities of phosphorus within their cells and separate it from treated water. Phosphorus removal can also be achieved by chemical removal. Once removed as sludge, phosphorus may be stored in a land fill. However, many municipalities and treatment facilities are looking to resell the biosolids for use in fertilizer.