Wastewater Monitoring Articles

  • Case study - Heat loss - A problem for wastewater treatment & nitrification

    Problem: Operators know aerobic and anaerobic systems need sufficient water temperature to keep microbial populations active and working. Heat loss is detrimental to effluent quality and gas production. Both systems can be negatively affected from low daily and seasonal temperatures. Unfortunately, most operators and engineers have no control over water temperature loss in their tanks and ...

  • 2016 WWEM Success!

    This month we exhibited at the seventh Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring (WWEM) Exhibition in Telford. WWEM is a focused event for companies and individuals who are involved with water, wastewater and environmental monitoring. The event was a great success, enabling our sales team to meet and catch up with over 150 of our ...


    By Partech (Electronics) Ltd.

  • How to prepare your WWTP for cold weather

    Being proactive during cold weather can noticeably reduce wastewater treatment plant upsets While most people enjoy the cooler temperatures that come with fall, they can cause a well-running wastewater treatment plant to have issues almost overnight. Bacteria do not reduce BOD or reproduce as effectively during the colder months of the year. They generally favor temperatures between 68 and ...

  • Wastewater from Viscose pulping process - Case Study

    In March 2012 HydroThane started a new project in collaboration with the multinational Lenzing AG, the global market leader in the production of man-made high-quality cellulose fibres. The project was intended for the company Lenzing Biocel Paskov (LBP) located in Czech Republic, which recently changed their technology to produce viscose pulp instead of paper. With this production change also ...


    By HydroThane STP BV

  • Treating wastewater as a resource

    A number of UK landfill operators are turning wastewater into a resource by utilising OTT monitoring and control systems to manage the irrigation of Willow crops (for renewable energy generation) with pre-treated effluent. Background Leachate from landfill sites represents a significant potential environmental liability, extending long into the future after a landfill site has ...

  • Co-treatment of old landfill leachate and municipal wastewater in sequencing batch reactor (SBR): effect of landfill leachate concentration

    Sequencing batch reactor (SBR) was assessed for direct co-treatment of old landfill leachate and municipal wastewater for chemical oxygen demand (COD), nutrients and turbidity removal. Nitrogen removal was achieved by sequential nitrification and denitrification under post-anoxic conditions. Initially, SBR operating conditions were optimized by varying hydraulic retention time (HRT) at 20% ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Real Time COD and BOD Monitoring in a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant - Case Study

    Introduction A municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) currently utilizes Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) from a 24-hour composite sample to monitor their discharge to Lake Ontario and meet compliance standards. The Challenge The BOD method run on the 24-hour composite from the final effluent of the WWTP is a 5-day ...


    By MANTECH INC.

  • Simultaneous UV-Vis spectrophotometric quantification of ternary basic dye mixtures by partial least squares and artificial neural networks

    One of the main difficulties in quantification of dyes in industrial wastewaters is the fact that dyes are usually in complex mixtures rather than being pure. Here we report the development of two rapid and powerful methods, partial least squares (PLS-1) and artificial neural network (ANN), for spectral resolution of a highly overlapping ternary dye system in the presence of interferences. To ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • PeCOD® Pulp and Paper Applications - Case Study

    The pulp and paper industry utilizes wood as raw material to produce pulp, paper, card board, and other cellulose based products. Pulp and paper mills produce large volumes of wastewater and residual sludge which presents a number of challenges with regards to treatment and discharge. Contaminants in pulp and paper waste streams often include effluent solids, sediments, absorbable organic halides ...


    By MANTECH INC.

  • Monitoring Nitrates in Drinking Water and Wastewater

    Nitrate is present in high levels in wastewater due in part to the high nitrates present in human sewage but also from some types of industrial effluent entering the municipal sewer system. Nitrate is also a very common contaminant in both surface water and ground water. Nitrate occurs naturally in source water as a result of decaying plants. However, there are other manmade sources of ...


    By Real Tech Inc.

  • Case study - Biogas desulphurisation in the WWTP do Norte (Portugal)

    The Northern Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is one of the biggest in the central region of Portugal, servicing various municipalities. The infrastructure is located in the area of Coimbra, Leiria, taking up 6 hectares of land; it receives effluents from some 250,000 inhabitants across multiple municipalities. It has the capacity to treat around 38,000m3 of wastewater on a daily basis, 77% of ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Effect of high salinity on yeast activated sludge reactor operation

    Yeast activated sludge was developed and operated at salinities of 0, 15, 30, 45, and 60 g/l NaCl. The kinetics of the various sludges degrading a wastewater with glycerol as the carbon source were determined. Inhibition due to salinity was analyzed and it was found that the limiting concentration of NaCl is 120 g/l. Salinity affects the maximum growth rate of the sludge. Reactors were exposed ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Improving flow distribution in influent channels using computational fluid dynamics

    Although the flow distribution in an influent channel where the inflow is split into each treatment process in a wastewater treatment plant greatly affects the efficiency of the process, and a weir is the typical structure for the flow distribution, to the authors' knowledge, there is a paucity of research on the flow distribution in an open channel with a weir. In this study, the influent ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Phosphate treatment by onsite wastewater systems in nutrient-sensitive watersheds of North Carolina's Piedmont

    The goal of this study was to gain a better understanding of the PO4-P treatment efficiency of onsite wastewater systems (OWS) installed in nutrient-sensitive watersheds of the North Carolina Piedmont. Four OWS including two conventional and two single-pass sand filter (SF) systems were evaluated at sites with clay-rich soils. Piezometers were installed near all of the OWS, and down-gradient ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • BLOOM – Real-Time Monitoring Brief - Case Study

    PeCOD® is a patented technology that can determine COD by measuring photocurrent charges originating from oxidation of the organic contaminants present in a water sample. Three PeCOD® analyzer units were implemented at three different facilities, representative of key food and beverage sub-sectors–a winery, a bakery and a brewery–to undertake “real-time” ...


    By MANTECH INC.

  • PeCOD – Petrochemical Industry - Case Study

    Optimizing process efficiency for petrochemical wastewater monitoring is a key step in achieving sustainable energy. Care must be taken to properly monitor and treat wastewater generated from petroleum refineries to ensure contaminants are not released into the surrounding environment. Fast, safe, and reliable detection technology is therefore highly sought after and enables plant operators to ...


    By MANTECH INC.

  • Domestic wastewater treatment with a decentralized, simple technology biomass concentrator reactor

    A new type of membrane-like aerobic reactor initially designed for the degradation of hydrocarbon-derived groundwater contaminants was tested for treating domestic wastewater. The biomass concentrator reactor (BCR) consists of an enclosed, aerated tank containing a graded filtration medium with the function of solids separation, and was previously used to treat industrial wastewaters ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Adsorption of heavy metals from aqueous solutions by Mg–Al–Zn mingled oxides adsorbent

    In our study, Mg–Al–Zn mingled oxides were prepared by the co-precipitation method. The structure, composition, morphology and thermal stability of the synthesized Mg–Al–Zn mingled oxides were analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, N2 physisorption, scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetry. Batch experiments ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 3 things that you can learn on the first day of ATP testing at your wastewater plant

    Of all the applications that LuminUltra works with, biological wastewater may be the most complex but also offers the greatest opportunities for cost savings and overall optimization. The greatest savings tend to come through process optimization once long-term data trends have been established but the following is a list of opportunities that present themselves immediately upon starting to ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • A novel fast mass transfer anaerobic inner loop fluidized bed biofilm reactor for PTA wastewater treatment

    In this paper, a fast mass transfer anaerobic inner loop fluidized bed biofilm reactor (ILFBBR) was developed to improve purified terephthalic acid (PTA) wastewater treatment. The emphasis of this study was on the start-up mode of the anaerobic ILFBBR, the hydraulic loadings and the operation stability. The biological morphology of the anaerobic biofilm in the reactors was also analyzed. The ...


    By IWA Publishing

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