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Your Wastewater System Runs Smoothly, Until It Doesn’t!

By Heather Jennings, PE

The first thing I usually hear from operators is that they don’t have any problems! Everything runs perfectly, all the time, until it doesn’t. Then the heartburn, extra hours, and long days begin. The only other thing as sure as death and taxes for a wastewater system is that it will one day have a system upset. It might not be often, but when it does, let’s talk about what to look at first. [Read more…]

The Water Break Podcast, Episode 2: Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal in Wastewater

“Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

In this podcast episode, host Heather Jennings, PE, interviews wastewater microbiologist and certified operator Toni Glymph-Martin on the topic of Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal in Wastewater. Toni has more than 40 years of wastewater experience and is the author of several wastewater microbiology textbooks.

Microorganisms (stained slides), photos courtesy of Toni Glymph-Martin:

  • GAOs

  • PAO-PHBs

  • PAO-PolyPs

Toni’s Website: www.wwmicrosolutions.com

Toni’s textbooks:

More from Toni Glymph-Martin (video): The Wastewater Treatment Plant Microbiological Zoo

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The Water Break Podcast, Episode 1: Wastewater Nitrification and Denitrification

“Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

In our first podcast episode, host Heather Jennings, PE, discusses the wastewater nitrification-denitrification cycle with two guests, John Souza and Diego Lopez. John Souza is Utilities Manager for the City of Lemoore, California. He is also a Grade T-4 Water Operator, Grade 3 Wastewater Operator, and D-3 Distribution Operator. Diego Lopez, also with the City of Lemoore, is a Grade 2 Wastewater Operator working toward his Grade 3 exam.

Nitrification-denitrification is the great “teeter-totter” of wastewater treatment. Nitrogen is one of the most abundant elements on earth, so why do we spend millions of dollars removing it from water? And how do we do it?

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Does Eutrophication cause Algae Blooms?

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Eutrophication is the structural change of water ecosystems that is caused by excess nutrients. Eutrophication results in algal blooms and poor water quality.

By Jael Batty

In this article, we discuss what causes eutrophication, how it affects the environment, and how it is treated. Continue reading

Fatberg: The Tip of the Wipes Iceberg Destroying Wastewater Infrastructure

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Wastewater treatment operators manually removing wipes from a lagoon

By Jael Batty

The fatberg discovered in Great Britain sewers has raised consumer awareness about disposable wipes blockages. But the 140-ton mass is just the tip of the wipes iceberg that is destroying our wastewater infrastructure. Similar fatbergs are clogging sewers in large cities around the world.  Continue reading

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Experience the world’s most efficient wastewater remediation products, for operational stability of food processing wastewater treatment facilities.
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Experience the world’s most efficient wastewater remediation products, for operational stability of municipal wastewater treatment plants.
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Bioremediation can improve the activity and reproduction of wastewater microbiology. The following case studies used bioremediation to improve wastewater treatment conditions and operating costs.
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Lower Operating Costs with Super Phos®

Paper Mill Wastewater Treatment System

Paper Mill Wastewater Treatment System

Project Summary

A paper mill wastewater treatment facility uses diammonium phosphate to maintain a healthy microbial population. These microorganisms, which break down the organic matter, require the correct concentration of available phosphorus, without which the microorganisms are unable to grow and reproduce.
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