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EOSi assists wastewater treatment plants with developing compliance strategies to meet increasingly stringent requirements for reducing discharges of nutrients. Our MicroC® supplemental carbon sources enable biological removal of nitrogen and phosphorus, and can help treatment plants prevent or resolve operational challenges with activated sludge systems during plant startups or during events of inadequate food to microorganism ratio. 

Challenges

POTWs and other domestic wastewater treatment systems can be significant point sources of nutrients in aquatic environments. State environmental regulatory agencies are increasingly developing new or more stringent standards for nitrogen and phosphorus discharges to protect water quality. Wastewater treatment plants without tertiary treatment to remove nutrients may need to invest in new treatment systems. Plants that already remove nitrogen and phosphorus may need to achieve lower discharge concentrations or loadings, either by optimizing operations or by upgrading or replacing the treatment systems. Biological treatment to remove nitrogen and phosphorus is often more cost-effective than physical or chemical treatment technologies, with the added benefit of converting the contaminants into harmless compounds. 

POTWs sometimes experience operational difficulties with activated sludge systems, such as foaming, bulking, or poor settling. In these situations, a low food to microorganism ratio (F/M) may be promoting the proliferation of undesirable filamentous bacteria. BOD augmentation to increase the F/M ratio can resolve or prevent many such operational problems. BOD augmentation is also useful for sustaining biomass during seasonal periods of low flows or loadings, and for establishing the biomass during startup of new or upgraded biological treatment systems.

How EOSi can help

MicroC® is a consistent, reliable supplemental carbon source that enables biological nitrogen removal (BNR) and enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR). In both processes, MicroC® provides a readily-available food supply to support the biomass while it carries out the desired nutrient removal processes. The well-defined kinetic and yield characteristics of MicroC® also make it ideal for BOD augmentation.

EOSi offers Objective Based Program services that are designed and customized to fit the specific phase of a project. From assessment, trouble shooting, automation and optimization, EOSi’s goal is to maximize nitrogen and phosphorus removal from existing biological treatment systems, preferably through operational improvements instead of capital investments. If wastewater plants need to install new or upgraded biological treatment systems, EOSi can perform bench-scale treatability studies, modeling and simulations, and equipment selection and procurement for the supplemental carbon program. EOSi provides long-term technical support, monitoring, and ongoing optimization services delivered in one of our Objective Based Programs to our MicroC® customers.

EOSi offers a variety of MicroC® formulations, delivery options and packaging to meet the needs of treatment plants of all sizes, from POTWs that serve tens of thousands of homes and businesses, to package plants that serve a small group of residences. For larger customers with full-scale chemical receiving, handling and storage capabilities, we can deliver any of our MicroC® products by tanker truck or in totes or drums of various sizes. For smaller customers, we can provide our non-hazardous MicroC® products in pails or drums on an as-needed basis.

How can EOSi help your organization?

Contact our experts to learn how EOSi's products and services can help you with your contaminant removal program.