aeration basin Articles

  • Fixed vs. Moving Bed Systems: Basin Geometry

    Aeration basins can have length to width (L:W) ratios varying from 1:1 (square) to over 30:1 (plug flow). The L:W ratio of an aeration basin directly impacts both the physical installation and biological performance of a submerged fixed-film system. Physical Installation Moving bed biomass carriers are free to move about the aeration basin. The aeration system provides energy to ...


    By Brentwood Industries, Inc.

  • Columbus, Texas - Case Study

    The Columbus WWTP was receiving an overload of grease from restaurants. Some of the grease was traveling only 150 yards before discharging directly into the WWTP. Because of the grease received at the plant, there was little settling occurring in the 30-minute settling tanks, despite personnel maintaining a low mixed liquor in the aeration basin. The plant was hauling off up to seven loads of ...


    By BioCOPE Inc.

  • Dynamic Draft Tube – Deep Oxidation Ditch Technology

    Deep oxidation ditches and aeration basins are beneficial, permitting more water to be processed on a given surface area. However, standard vertical shaft aeration rotors limit oxidation ditches and aeration basins to an operating depth of no more than 4.5 meters (15 feet). The Dynamic Draft Tube Aeration Rotor overcomes the shortcomings of existing aeration rotors permitting operation of ...

  • Improving total nitrogen removal in aeration basin retrofitted with entrapped biomass

    This study presented a method to upgrade existing aeration tanks to remove total nitrogen (TN). Bioplates carrying entrapped biomass were installed in an aeration basin to create anoxic/anaerobic zones where denitrification can proceed. In a reactor that coupled bioplates containing entrapped biomass (equivalent to as high as 7,500 mg/L of biomass) and an activated sludge suspension (at mixed ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A Simple Solution to Big Snail Problems - A Case Study at VSFCD’s Ryder Street Wastewater Treatment Plant

    A treatment facility operating on the northern edge of the San Francisco Bay, in Vallejo, California, was experiencing excessive growth of trickling filter snails in the plant’s two biotowers. Downstream of the biotowers, the snail shells would settle in the plant’s aeration basins and secondary clarifiers and cause major maintenance problems. Periodically the entire aeration basin and clarifier ...

  • Addressing digester foaming by fixing activated sludge system and gaining capacity in both

    The City of Richland Wastewater Treatment Facility digesters have experienced Nocardiainduced digester foaming problems from the time they went into operation in 1985. Because of the persistent foam, most or all of the thickened waste activated sludge (TWAS) was often not sent to the digesters but directly to the belt filter press to be dewatered separately from the digested sludge. It was ...

  • Simple Aeration Header Cleaning System Allows A Food Processing Facility Get Back On Track

    On the afternoon of May 19, 2011, KLa Systems was contracted by one of their customers located in Virginia.  They stated that their aeration basin was running at nearly 0 mg/l dissolved oxygen (DO) residual with both blowers running at 100% capacity. Based on the conversation it was determined that a KLa field service technician was needed on site immediately. The following morning KLa ...


    By KLa Systems, Inc.

  • Full Scale High Rate Wet Weather Biological Contact Performance

    The Durham AWTF in Tigard, OR experiences peak wet weather flows in excess of five times the average dry weather flow. Historically these high peak flows have been handled with a combination of peak flow equalization and step feeding the bioreactor system. In 2005 CH2M HILL suggested the plant try a new operating mode where primary effluent is added to the last zone of the aeration basins, a ...

  • Activated sludge wastewater treatment plants optimisation to face pollution overloads during grape harvest periods

    ABSTRACTThe principal objective of our study was to optimise a municipal activated sludge wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) to face high organic flows due to viticulture effluents inputs. Treatment file optimization consisted in testing different treatment lines, changing the number and volume of biological basins and clarifiers, with or without a buffer basin upstream, with a view to achieving ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A pilot study on suspended activated sludge process augmented with immobilized biomass for simultaneous nitrification and denitrification

    Concurrent nitrification and denitrification (CND) are natural phenomena in the soil environment that can be applied in wastewater treatment for enhanced total nitrogen removal. However, significant renovation is necessary for existing plants to equip them for nutrient removal. At a domestic wastewater treatment plant, we performed a pilot test by installing bioplates with entrapped biomass in a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Ceramic Tube Diffuser EKR - Dirnau (Landshut) Purification Plant - Case Study

    In 2019, ENVICON has won the tender for a retrofit of the ceramic tube diffusers in the Dirnau (Landshut) purification plant. As well as providing the diffusers, ENVICON also carried out the project coordination, removal, installation and commissioning as well as the disposal of the old diffusers. The existing plastic-bonded ceramic tubes were replaced. Due to the design of our diffusers, ...


    By ENVICON GmbH & Co. KG

  • Wilsonville WWTP Biosolids - Case Study

    About the Project The new facility includes two new structures: a dewatering and drying building, and a head works building. There are five additional major structures, including a new aeration basin, stabilization basin, clarifier, a bio-tower and ultraviolet light channel structure. All of these are used in the various stages of treating raw sewage before it is discharged as clean ...


    By Biorem Technologies Inc.

  • Increased plant efficiency, City of Checotah, Oklahoma

    The City of Checotah, Oklahoma was experiencing excessive solids, foam and grease in their 0.5 MGD extended aeration activated sludge treatment facility. With a daily average flow of 0.25 million gallons per day, the plant had tremendous amounts of foam and grease in the aeration basin with the sidewalls caked with sludge. The centerwells of the clarifier were filled with foam and grease. The ...


    By Byo-Gon, Inc.

  • Maximum Air Pressure for Diffusers

    In the water and wastewater treatment field there are many needs and/or opportunities to upgrade existing facilities or to construct new facilities where space is limited. The available space can severely constrict the capacity of treatment facilities, or reduce the options available for design and implementation of the treatment process. Some of the needs facing many potential facilities is the ...

  • Thermal Mass Flow Meters Improve Efficiency in Wastewater Treatment Plants

    Every municipality throughout the country has a wastewater treatment plant to safely treat water that enters back into our environment. This doesn’t mean they are immune to problems. One of the biggest problems for US wastewater treatment plants is the aging infrastructure with an estimated 180 billion dollars needed to repair many wastewater plants. A close second is the energy needed to ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Webitat Advanced IFAS System Addresses Common Fixed Media Concerns

    Integrated Fixed-Film/Activated Sludge (IFAS) technology has received widespread acceptance in the engineering community as the most economical new way to upgrade wastewater plants without building new aeration basins or clarifiers. BioWeb™ is a knit web-like fabric with high surface area designed to be installed directly into aeration basins to create a colony of attached growth biomass in the ...

  • Energy saving on wastewater treatment plants through improved online control: case study wastewater treatment plant Antwerp-South

    This work provides a case study on how activated sludge modelling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can help to optimize the energy consumption of a treatment plant that is already equipped with an advanced control based on online nutrient measurements. Currently, aeration basins on wastewater treatment plant Antwerp-South are operated sequentially while flow direction and point of inflow ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The Devil is in The Details: Full-Scale Optimization of the EBPR Process at the City of Las Vegas WPCF

    ABSTRACTTo optimize the enhanced biological phosphorus (P) removal (EBPR) at the City of Las Vegas’ Water Pollution Control Facility, the effects of dissolved oxygen (DO) level, hydraulic retention time in aeration basin and the operation mode of UCT versus A2O on phosphorus removal performance were investigated. DO levels in the range of 0.5 to 3.5 mg/L in the aeration basin did not have ...

  • Optimizing air flows to aeration basins – Case Study

    As a result of clean energy mandates and the rising cost of energy, wastewater treatment facilities around the country are retrofitting their instrumentation to run highly efficient, cost-effective, clean facilities. To reduce emissions and produce clean energy, solid wastes are often digested in large digester tanks to reduce the volume of waste (sludge) and produce more biogas, which is then ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Activated Sludge Diffusion Provides Cost Effective Biological Odor Control at Two Texas Wastewater Treatment Facilities

    ABSTRACTDuring recent expansions of the Rowlett Creek Regional WWTP in Plano, Texas and the Wilson Creek Regional WWTP in Lucas, Texas, activated sludge diffusion (ASD) biological odor control systems were installed to treat hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and other gaseous compounds. The ASD systems treat foul air collected from various sources, including headworks and primary distribution structures, ...

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