The Phosphorus Problem: Wastewater Treatment Options and Process Monitoring Solutions

The Phosphorus Problem: Wastewater Treatment Options and Process Monitoring Solutions

Dr. Robert Smith, YSI, hosted an informative webinar addressing the treatment options available and process monitoring solutions to achieve the required performance at the lowest operating cost.

Recent events have demonstrated that excess phosphorus in receiving waters can create many serious problems including impairment of drinking water supplies.  For this reason and others, incorporation of phosphorus limits into NPDES discharge permits is occurring in many states. Blue-Green-Algae-Covering-Pond.jpg

Many facilities are being required to remove phosphorus for the first time and will need to add a process to the flow sheet.  A discharge limit of 1.0 mg/L may be achieved most cost-effectively with chemical addition.  Enhanced biological treatment may be needed to meet lower limits down to 0.5 mg/L and below.  Additionally, biological treatment has other potential benefits.  

Regardless of the treatment method, continuous monitoring is essential.  Critical parameters include orthophosphate, dissolved oxygen, oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), total suspended solids, and nitrate.  

View the on-demand webinar and feel free to ask us any questions.


Additional Blog Posts of Interest:

6 Steps to Reduce Total Phosphorus in Water Resource Recovery Facilities

Oregon's Tualatin River: America's Early TMDL Case Study

The Basics of Chlorophyll Measurement in Surface Water

Troubleshooting Nitrification and Denitrification in Wastewater

1 Responses to this article

How interesting that you talk about excess phosphorus in receiving water. I want to start a new business this summer actually. I will find a reputable wastewater treatment plant in my area for this as well.


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