Many small-size wastewater treatment plants in KoreaÕs rural communities are designed to remove organic and suspended matter only, and they generally show a large fluctuation in the influent loading compared to municipal wastewater treatment plants (MWWTPs). They also have no professional engineers stationed for efficient operation against mechanical breakdown. For those reasons, the wastewater treatment plants have low efficiency in treatment of nitrogen and phosphorus as well as organic matter. In order to solve those problems, this study developed an automatic control system and RMS (remote monitoring system), which can keep efficiency stable despite any change in the small plants' loading rates and are capable of removing nutrient materials such as nitrogen or phosphorus. According to the results of the Experimental SBR system of the automatic control program, complete nitrification was made under oxic conditions and denitrification occurred as NO3-N concentration decreased by 0.5 mg/l in anoxic conditions and excellent nitrogen removal efficiency was seen generally. The Experimental SBR system created “phosphate release and uptake” effectively and displayed phosphate-removing efficiency up to more than 80% as the concentration of effluent was kept low by 0.4 mg/l. RMS developed in this study transmits a plants data and operation states to clients in remote locations in real-time interval through the Internet. Therefore, although you are in a remote location, it allows you to see if a plant is properly operated or there is any breakdown.
Automatic control and remote monitoring system for biological nutrient removal on small wastewater treatment plants in Korea
H. Lee, Y.M. Min, C.H. Park, Y.H. Park; Automatic control and remote monitoring system for biological nutrient removal on small wastewater treatment plants in Korea. Water Sci Technol 1 September 2004; 50 (6): 199–206. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2004.0377
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