BHN Welcomes Rich Lamar to the Humic Research Team

Richard LamarBy Jael Batty

On May 1, 2019, Dr. Richard Lamar joined Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN) as Senior Director of Humic Research. He brings a tremendous amount of skills, experience, and knowledge of humic substances to BHN.

Dr. Lamar has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami, a M.S. in Forestry from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Forestry from North Carolina State University, with minors in Chemistry, Plant Physiology, and Soils, respectively. Continue reading.

Are You Using Wastewater Bioindicators?

By Jael Batty

Water quality can be evaluated quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively through the use of bioindicators. The presence and activities of microorganisms can indicate changes in system operations and point to the source and magnitude of an issue.1

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Protozoa

Approximately 4% of the microorganisms in wastewater are protozoa, which are single-celled aerobic microorganisms. Protozoa improve effluent clarity by digesting suspended particles and bacteria. Read more about wastewater bioindicators

Healthy Bacteria Are Vital to Wastewater Treatment

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By Jael Batty

Activated sludge is a mixture of microorganisms that come in contact with and digest biodegradable materials (food) from wastewater. Once most of the material is removed from the wastewater, microorganisms form floc and settle out as sludge. Some type of microorganism will always grow in the system. The organisms that will dominate will be the ones that are best suited to the environment.1

Microorganisms that are natural to the wastewater environment play a vital role in the wastewater treatment process. Beneficial bacteria, protozoa, metazoa, algae, and fungi feed on organic material in wastewater, breaking it down. Bacteria clump together, or floc, forming masses that settle and separate from wastewater liquids. This settled mass is called sludge. This week, we’re going to talk specifically about wastewater bacteria. Read more about wastewater bacteria

NMRWA 2019 Instructor of the Year Award Presented to Probiotic Solutions® Project Engineer, Heather Jennings

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Heather Jennings, Probiotic Solutions® Project Engineer

By Jael Batty

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. congratulates Heather Jennings, Project Engineer for Probiotic Solutions®, who was awarded Instructor of the Year at the New Mexico Rural Water Association (NMRWA) Conference on April 10. Ms. Jennings, who has been training and presenting for five and a half years, teaches basic and advanced wastewater math for certification, a course on microbes, and a nitrification/denitrification course.
Read more about Heather Jennings

Bio Energizer® Cuts Sludge Hauling Costs for Potato Wastewater Treatment Plant

Potato Wastewater TreatmentA wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania was experiencing process control problems when new potato waste stream flows increased by 26%. The additional load was causing filamentous issues in the sequencing batch reactor (SBR), settlability problems, and increased sludge hauling costs.

The engineer was unable to maintain the 8-foot decant level in the sequencing batch reactor (SBR). He couldn’t decant more than 2–3 feet under the excess load.
Read more about reducing sludge handling costs

Bio Energizer® Reduces Cost and Turbidity in Paperboard Lagoons

BOD & COD Discharges in Paperboard Lagoon

A paper mill wastewater facility was treating 940 tons of paper bags, recycled linerboard, and corrugating medium, daily. The mill was interested in improving wastewater operating efficiency and lowering operating expenses over their standard polymer usage. The plant was experiencing filamentous bacteria, solids, and bulking issues in the final clarifier. It was discharging 4,000 pounds of fiber per day into the Ohio river. Read more about reducing cost and turbidity

Do Constructed Wetlands Improve Water Quality?

wetlands at sunset

By Jael Batty

Constructed wetlands, which mimic natural wetlands, treat municipal and industrial wastewater, mine drainage, small business and household greywater, animal wastes, and agricultural and stormwater runoff. They are recommended by regulatory agencies as a best management practice to control urban runoff.
Read more about constructed wetlands

Unique Water Towers That You Should See

Al Khobar water tower

Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

By Jael Batty

From globes to lighthouses, historical and refurbished water towers around the world are eye-catching landmarks. Read more about water towers

Bio Energizer® Improves SVI by 50% at Citrus Plant Wastewater Treatment

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A citrus plant struggled with poor settling in the clarifier of its wastewater treatment, which caused the sludge blanket to remain high. Even at a low flow rate of 1.2 million gallons per day (MGD), the high sludge blanked allowed less than 18” of free board. The slightest flow increase caused solids to carry over the weir with the effluent. Since the citrus plant frequently produced wastewater flows 1.5 to 2.5 MGD, the wastewater treatment plant continued to suffer from solids washout and clarifier effluent total suspended solids (TSS) excursions. The citrus plant wastewater treatment was a 6 million gallon per day (MGD) traditional aeration system with secondary clarification.
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Industrial Wastewater Treatment for Corn Processing Plant

Bio Energizer Treatment for Corn Processing Plant

Within a few months of operation, a lagoon and spray field system at a corn processing plant in Indiana began giving off offensive odors. Chemical oxygen demand (COD) levels in the anaerobic and aerobic lagoons climbed to 8,000 mg/L and 4,000 mg/L respectively. The pH in the anaerobic lagoon was dropping dangerously low for methane production. Attempts to resolve the issues with bacteria, odor masking products, and lime were unsuccessful and short-term at best. Lime settled to the bottom of the lagoons, temporarily raising pH and reducing odors. The odor soon became unmanageable and an annoyance to neighbors.
Read more about odor reduction

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