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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 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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At Environmental Leverage® Inc., we have a team of experienced individuals who come into your plant with a fresh pair of eyes. The system is checked from influent to effluent. System optimization, equipment efficiency and operational excellence are key components explored. Key Benefits Equipment efficiency Total Cost of Operation reductions Reliability and safety
An onsite audit is conducted to examine system parameters, process controls, and current monitor and control procedures. A physical walk-through is conducted, process flow diagrams are examined, previous design criteria are examined and current standard operating procedures are evaluated along with data logs.
Troubleshooting -Floc analyses
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Ok, Everyone says I must look under the microscope at my Biomass and floc structures. What exactly am I looking for?
Here is a little basic information. A wastewater treatment plant is
basically a bug factory. You are growing bacteria to clean the water. 90% of
all the work that goes on in the secondary portion- i.e. the biological
stage is the growth of a biomass to degrade organics and remove pollution is
performed by single celled bacteria. The bacteria are really what you want
to look at. The higher life forms are nice, they indicate the age and health
of the biomass, but the bacteria are the actual workhorses of the system.
Here is a little basic information. A wastewater treatment plant is basically a bug factory. You are growing bacteria to clean the water. 90% of all the work that goes on in the secondary portion- i.e. the biological stage is the growth of a biomass to degrade organics and remove pollution is performed by single celled bacteria. The bacteria are really what you want to look at. The higher life forms are nice, they indicate the age and health of the biomass, but the bacteria are the actual workhorses of the system.
Ok, well that is great so what am I really looking at?
Ok, well that is great so what am I really looking at?
Bacteria can be single celled, floc forming or filamentous. All three types will degrade organics. Which type is the best for my system?
Single celled bacteria also provide a food source for higher life forms. Single celled bacteria can cause TSS problems though and will not settle out very well. They can increase polymer consumption.
Some of the negative aspects are that they can interfere with separation and compaction of activated sludge and cause bulking when predominant. They can affect the sludge volume index (SVI) and they can cause poor settling if dominant.
Floc forming bacteria are usually desired. Floc is a collection of
smaller particles agglomerating into larger particles containing particulate
matter, debris, bacteria and Bio-polymers. Some of the positive aspects of
floc forming bacteria is that they settle out easily as solids, reduce the
need for polymers in clarifiers and reduce consumption in dewatering
applications. If the right type of biomass is developed, a reduction in
solids handling can also be found. Some of the negative aspects are they can
be hard to dewater if they have a high polysaccharide coating. They also can
form very small pin floc if older or straggler floc if young which can
contribute to TSS problems.
How can I monitor my wastewater bacteria? One
way is to use the microscope. Some of the things typically checked for
visually and monitored by qualitative and quantitative observations: Floc
size, floc color, and clarity of water among floc, floc structure, and
Floc Structures and Filaments
Because every wastewater treatment plant has a different bacterial population
composing its biomass, a different type of influent, different pieces of
equipment and different climates, the MLSS may have different floc
structures. What may be considered good floc structures in one system may be
poor floc structures in another wastewater treatment plant.
Ok, I have everything ready, now what am I really looking for?
First off, check to see if there are filaments present. Are they internal or external? What is the quantity? Ask for additional training sheet on filaments, what they mean and how to control them.
Ok now we are on to the Floc Structure part.
Is the Floc firm or compact? What does that mean? Is the floc going to stay together or will it shear easily due to flow, pumping or turbulence? Firm, well rounded, compact floc with clear water between particles? Are there lots of single celled bacteria or little floc structures that can cause TSS problems in your final effluent?
Some of the terms you will hear- Weak, Lacy, Open, Diffuse, Compact, Firm, Rounded
Most of these variations are shown in the slide show above. More details and hundreds of examples can be found in our Wastewater Microbiology CD. Wastewater Training
Is it lacy, open, diffuse or irregular? What do these terms look like and what do they indicate? Obviously lacy and open will resemble a doily similar to what your grandma used to have. The more open the floc is, the harder it will be to settle or dewater.
Floc Color is important also. It indicates the age of the biomass. Clear indicates a very young biomass. Golden brown indicated a healthy floc. Black indicates the floc is turning anaerobic and running out of air or is older. Sometimes floc can be colored if the influent contains dyes. Usually this does not impact anything unless there are heavy metals or toxic compounds that will not pass a leach test when disposing of the solids.
Stay tuned for more photos on floc, filaments and microscopic analyses!
Floc Structures-Wastewater Training
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What if you do not have a lab or microscope onsite that is capable of performing an analyses of your wastewater treatment system?
Find out how Environmental Leverage's lab can perform an analyses of your biomass in your wastewater system and make recommendation on how to improve your system.
Start your way now to a cleaner, brighter effluent with fewer hassles in your waste treatment plant.
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