Faced with rising operational costs due to increasing energy and chemical prices, as well as stricter effluent permit limits, many operators and engineers are turning to performance optimizers and controls automation to enhance treatment processes and reduce operating costs while limiting capital expenses.
A leading fruit juice company had expanded over the past ten years and increased wastewater flow from 7,000 to 11,000 gallons per day (gpd), without upgrading its wastewater treatment plant. Read the full case study to learn how after a Mazzei AirJection system was installed, dissolved oxygen levels increased in the aeration basins, which immediately eliminated the odors.
A shopping center in Ventura, CA with several major retail stores, was suffering from a sewer odor problem.
The treated effluent from all wastewater treatment plants across the country must meet local dissolved oxygen (DO) limits before discharging into receiving waters.
The LeSourdsville WWTP in Butler County, Ohio, was required to meet their NPDES permit requirement of 6 mg/l dissolved oxygen at the plants Miami River outfall.
A large vegetable processing facility was experiencing problems with its lagoon surface aerators. The company’s treatment process includes a collection and screening assembly, two anaerobic stabilization ponds and a 40 million gallon aerated lagoon.
A design/build contractor needed a quiet, efficient aeration system for a 250,000 GPD field erected WWTP that was to be located adjacent to a school. A restriction on ambient noise at the location of the proposed WWTP required a quiet aeration process. Read the full case study to discover how Mazzei solved the problem.
The challenge for Sulzer was to prove that the new products are even better than the reliable and proven components previously used in two aeration basins of the new Pulawy wastewater treatment plant in Poland.
A common first step in the secondary treatment process is to send wastewater to an aeration tank. In an aeration tank, bacterium is used to effectively break down pollutants into less harmful components. Wastewater aeration provides the appropriate oxygen level so that aerobic bacteria can thrive in degrading pollutants such as iron and manganese as part of the wastewater treatment process. Aeration can also be used to destroy anaerobic bacteria that perish in the presence of oxygen. Aerobes that can break down pollutants 10-100 times faster than anaerobes are used most frequently.
Aeration is also used to improve waste lagoons and other waterways such as lakes and reservoirs where oxygen deficiency contributes to taste, odor and pollutant problems. Equipment used for wastewater aeration includes low cascades, jet fountains, spray nozzles, blowers, submerged perforated pipe and porous plates or tubes. Whether the water is thrown into the air via a fountain or diffused by air bubbles being blown or drawn into the wastewater in an aeration tank, aeration works by increasing the area of contact between the oxygen in the air and water.
The most common wastewater aeration process in use today is the air diffusion process, where air is introduced from blowers through diffusion tubes suspended in a spiral flow tank, or in some cases, through diffuser plates in the bottom of the aeration tanks.