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Bioaugmentation products for Wastewater applications in Papermills, Refineries, Chemical, Tanneries, Municipalities, Textiles, Steel, Agriculture, Animal feedlot,  Gun Powder plant, Food and Beverage- Dairy Products, Orange Juice factory, Wineries, Cookie factory, Vegetable processing plant, Meat packing, Barbecue Restaurant, Aquaculture, Ornamental Ponds for algae control, CAFO, Nursing homes, Military, Campgrounds, Universities, Regulatory agencies

 

 

Lab Services:

Filamentous Identification Lab Service. One reason to identify filaments is to determine the filaments characteristics and then determine the type present.  If the type is found out, a root cause can usually be associated with a particular filament.  If the cause is known, then a correction can be made to alleviate problems. Chlorination is only a quick fix.  Without process changes, filaments will grow back after chlorination.

Wastewater Biomass Analyses and Cooling Tower Analyses also available

 

Training Materials:

Training is an integral part of any job. Not everyone is at the same level of training. Many people want beginning concepts and basics. Some need technical information or troubleshooting. Some want equipment, technology or process information.

We have developed a full set of Basic training, Advanced training, Filamentous Identification the Easy Way as well as custom training CD's Manuals. We also provide hands-on training classes and soon will have an Online "E-University".

 

 


 

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Table of Contents

  1. How do I know what I am looking at under the microscope?
  2. Where can I find information on Filamentous bacteria ?
  3. Why don't my solids settle in my clarifier ?
  4. How does grease impact my system?
  5. What are micronutrients?
  6. When is Bioaugmentation applicable ?

How do I know what it means when I am looking under the microscope?

Higher life forms can be called indicator organisms. This means organisms that indicate the conditions present in your biological system. Is it young or old? Are you beating the time and numbers game. Will you have high BOD or low BOD in your final effluent. The types of organisms present in your system can instantly tell you what is going on in your system.  More information on Higher Life forms and photos of the types present.

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Where can I find information on Filamentous bacteria?

Filaments can be internal, external or free floating.  Internal filaments are like a sponge.  They can be hard to settle and dewater.  External filaments keep the floc structures from coming together and compacting.  Free-floating filaments can cause TSS problems. Zooglea and fungi can cause foaming, sliming or bulking. If you know the type of filament present, you can determine the cause associated with that filaments and then have a solution for your process controls to make them disappear. More information on Filamentous Bacteria

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Why don't the solids settle in my clarifier?

The question often arises as to why bubbles occasionally form in a secondary (or primary) clarifier, eventually bringing up clumps of sludge to the surface. This situation is caused by a lack of sufficient dissolved oxygen in the system, resulting in facultative bacteria (heterotrophic bacteria) using alternative chemical sources for the oxygen demand required to sustain metabolism of their carbon based food sources. Clarifier Optimization

 

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How does grease impact my system?

Operators of sewerage systems know that grease in lift stations is a major problem. The grease obstructs floats and reduces the life of pumps leading to SSO's and a need for frequent service. Obstruction by grease is the most prevalent cause of force main backups and sewage overflows, costing the industry billions of dollars annually. The majority of sewer line blockages are caused by grease build-up as opposed to debris.

 

What happens when all this grease hits my aeration basin?   Nocardia, Type 1863 and Microthrix parvicella are often the result when high grease loading enters the municipality.  This can lead to floating solids in clarifiers, foaming on aeration basins and an increase in solids handling. For more on Grease in Lift stations or in at the wastewater treatment plant.

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What are Micronutrients ?

 Micronutrients are designed to enhance the performance of biological systems. Micronutrients enhance biological growth, shorten the lag time, increases biological activity and provides the critical building blocks necessary to maintaining a healthy floc-forming population. For more on Micronutrients

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When is Bioaugmentation applicable ?

Bioaugmentation is the application of specifically selected bacteria (microbes) into a wastewater treatment system to enhance the system performance in some way.  If you have an activated sludge plant, many times minor process changes coupled with close monitor and control of the biomass can help quicken upset recovery or just increase process efficiency. More on Bioaugmentation

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