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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
Audits and Consulting:
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.
Industry Troubleshooting-Nitrification problems
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Oh no my nitrifiers are dead!!! What happened?
One of the most difficult problems in the waste treatment area refineries have to face is dealing with hard to degrade compounds, amines and nitrogen residuals. It is hard for the biomass sometimes to degrade organic hydrocarbons with large ring structures. A significant amount of time, as well as the right bacteria, is required to break down these large, complex compounds. An even harder challenge is the breakdown of amine compounds and conversion of ammonia to nitrate. This is done by a completely different mechanism and with a different set of bacteria.
Ammonia -nitrogen is one of the main pollutants contained in wastewater
from petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants that can cause serious
discharge permit violations. Ammonia is toxic even at very low
concentrations to fish in receiving waters. Also the autotrophic conversion
of ammonia to nitrite and subsequently to nitrate requires large amounts of
oxygen for energy transfer.
The Activated sludge system contains two types of bacteria. Carbonaceous bacteria primarily remove the BOD. Nitrogen elimination via nitrification/denitrification with nitrosomonas and nitrobacter has proven to be a successful way to solve the excess ammonia that is leftover after all nutrient requirements are met by the carbonaceous bacteria. This is where many times problems in wastewater treatment occur.
With stringent discharge limits imposed by the EPA, refineries are looking for potential modifications including stream isolations, equipment additions and operational changes that may help improve ammonia removal rates and ensure compliance with future permit limitations.
In the past several years, the Environmental Leverage Lab has developed technology including products, testing procedures and programs that have successfully helped our Refinery customers meet their discharge limits via biological removal.
Some of the products used are a liquid nitrification product, which contains bacteria that are able to convert nitrogen to Nitrate.
Another product sometimes used is a specially formulated bacterial blend to help break down hard to degrade compounds, amines, rings, etc. thereby allowing the nitrifiers an easier environment to grow in and allowing them a faster rate of nitrification. Most problems occur because amines are not broken down fast enough in a system, make it to the clarifier, finally are broken down, but by then the nitrifiers are not able to break it down fast enough before it bleeds out the final effluent and causes permit violations. Either that, or the amines are present in the final effluent and are not noticed, and when BOD or toxicity samples are performed, they then cause problems.
Wastewater Biomass Analysis
A microscopic examination of the wastewater sample is documented by photomicrographs. Biological floc structures, higher life forms, polysaccharide coating in floc structures, presence and identification of filaments, etc. are carefully examined and documented in this analysis. By routinely doing these analyses under all operating conditions, baseline information can be obtained and monitored, thereby enabling incremental system changes to be measured and implemented.
Shake Flask Toxicity Study- Shake flask studies are the bioengineering version of jar testing. This testing can be used as a screening method to determine if existing biomass can be enhanced by bioaugmentation along with the treatability/toxicity of the wastewater to improve COD/BOD removal. Testing can also be done with additives such as nutrients or chemicals to determine their impact on the sample treatability. Toxicity can also be checked on.
Nitrification Inhibition Testing-Composite samples from individual waste streams contributing to the total nitrogen in the system can be analyzed for nitrification inhibition testing. The samples are spiked with a known amount of ammonia, pH stabilized with buffers and inoculated with a nitrifying population with known ammonia removal capabilities. A flask with DI water and ammonia serves as the Control. The ammonia readings are recorded and monitored hourly. Ammonia degradation in the sample is compared to the Control and reported as % inhibition. The capacity of the MLSS to achieve nitrification can also be measured.
By a combination of the above testing methods along with a review of the plant data, it is possible to determine if there is any correlation between plant operating conditions and nitrification or if it is a lack of sufficient nitrifying population in the system.
Based on above all, a bioaugmentation program may be recommended depending on the need of the individual customer. The program may consists of the addition of biological products supported by ongoing site services and laboratory analysis for monitoring and documenting the progress of the application.
Denitrification -Gassification Newsletter
For additional information on Biological products: that can be used to help overcome Nitrification issues or to help the plant recover faster.
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