News | April 21, 2016

Hydro's Largest Ever Grit Removal System Installed At Calgary Wastewater Treatment Plant

Grit Removal

The City of Calgary’s Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant has installed the largest Advanced Grit Management system ever supplied worldwide by Hydro International to effectively remove large amounts of grit as an essential contribution to operating efficiency.

A complete new headworks facility was needed to treat incoming wastewater and protect downstream processes from grit abrasion and deposition. Hydro International supplied a grit removal solution that could be built in the limited space available and cope with the unique characteristics of the influent at Bonnybrook, including wide variations in flow caused by dry summers and peak winter thaw.

Ten HeadCell units, ten SlurryCup grit classifiers and five Grit Snail dewatering units will treat a peak flow rate of 1,390 megaliters/day (368 MGD). The system is guaranteed to remove 95% of all grit 150 micron and larger at peak flow, and 95% of all grit 75 micron and larger, at an average flow of 418 megaliters/day (110 MGD).

Senior Project Engineer Zorica Knezevic, City of Calgary Water Resources, states: “High performance grit removal is important for lower operation and maintenance costs and retaining the specified capacity of downstream process units, such as bioreactors, fermenters and digesters.”

Grit removal is particularly important to Calgary’s wastewater treatment given the city’s climate and topography with a high portion of grit arriving in the raw sewage during spring/early summer storm events.

Consultant engineering firm Stantec was hired to design the new headworks and pre-qualify the suppliers.

“The Bonnybrook WWTP project comprises the replacement of the complete headworks facility. We included maintenance costs in the lifecycle evaluation of technology options and project justification,” explains Ryan Roberts, P.Eng., PMP, Vice President – Water for Stantec.

“The project scope included screening and grit removal; screening washing and compacting; grit classification and dewatering; solids conveyance and storage; and flow distribution and measurement.

“As the removal efficiency of the existing aerated grit tanks was low, and passed on much grit to accumulate in downstream processes, grit characterization had already been assessed by the City in a separate exercise. This was necessary to develop an accurate design basis for a cost-benefit evaluation of the various treatment alternatives considered.”

A grit characterization study was performed to determine plant influent grit gradation and settling velocity as well as a performance evaluation of the existing aerated grit chamber system.

The study found that the existing grit system was removing only 26-29% of the influent grit. The study also identified the reason: virtually all of the influent grit had a settling velocity lower than that of a 212 micron sphere of clean sand, a conventional design point, for which the original grit system was designed. By having the native grit settling velocity, the City and Stantec were able to develop the new system performance requirements and solicit proposals to meet their specific needs.

Hydro International was pre-selected based on its ability to remove grit particles as fine as 75 micron, along with other performance and operational features, together with a proven track record at other regional installations with similar performance requirements.

A four-month commissioning process included successful performance testing of the Hydro grit removal system by an independent third party.

Zorica Knezevic concludes: “After commissioning, the Bonnybrook grit removal plant continues to perform well.”

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Source: Hydro International