Attached algae settlement is frequently observed in effluents of wastewater treatment plants at locations with sufficient sunlight. For their growth they incorporate nutrients and the surface of the algal biofilm accumulates suspended solids from the clarified wastewater. During the photosynthesis process of algal biofilms oxygen is produced while dissolved carbon dioxide is consumed. This led to an increasing pH due to the change of the carbon dioxide equilibrium in water. The high pH causes precipitation of dissolved phosphates. Furthermore an extensive removal of faecal bacteria was observed in the presence of algae, which may be caused by the activity of algae. The experimental results indicate the high potential of these attached algae for polishing secondary effluent of wastewater treatment plants. Especially for small wastewater treatment plants a post connected stage for nutrient removal and bacteria reduction can be developed with the aid of an algal biofilm.
Bacteria reduction and nutrient removal in small wastewater treatment plants by an algal biofilm
G. Schumacher, T. Blume, I. Sekoulov; Bacteria reduction and nutrient removal in small wastewater treatment plants by an algal biofilm. Water Sci Technol 1 June 2003; 47 (11): 195–202. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2003.0605
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