TITLE

Experiences with a large-size WWTP based on activated sludge-biofiltration processes: 25 months of operation

AUTHOR(S)
Licskó, I.; Szabó, G. Csanád; Melicz, Z.
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Water Science & Technology;2004, Vol. 50 Issue 6, p285
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The South-Budapest Wastewater Treatment Plant (SBWWTP) had been operated as a high-load activated sludge (AS) plant since the middle of the 60s. According to the requirements proposed by the water authorities the treatment process had to be upgraded into nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) removal. The upgrade of the plant comprised implementation of BIOFOR type nitrifying (NP) and post-denitrifying DN) biofilters downstream of the AS stage. Phosphorus removal was obtained by chemical precipitation that can be done at five different points for feeding ferric-sulfate (Fe2(SO4)3). Partial flow recirculation was administered from the nitrifying BIOFOR unit ahead of the AS basin for pre-denitrification utilizing raw wastewater as carbon source. The plant performance was monitored since the test operation period for 25 months. Experience revealed that significant nitrification occurs in the high-load activated sludge basin originally designed for carbon removal. During the summer period (characterized by temperature of 20-25°C) about 37-42% ammonium conversion rate was observed in the reactor. The decreasing temperature in the wintertime resulted in lower nitrification rates, of about 6-10%. The combined activated sludge-biofiltration process proved its viability in the removal of organic matter, nitrogen and phosphorus. In this special configuration the AS system plays a key role in the nitrogen and organic matter removal.
ACCESSION #
26997097

 

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