Metabolisms related to enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) were found to be affected when two activated sludges with different EBPR activities were mixed together. In the present study, two laboratory scale EBPR processes were operated in parallel, one of them with higher and another with lower EBPR activities. The activated sludges from the two reactors were mixed together at different mixing ratios. The supernatant was made the same for all mixing ratios, anaerobic–aerobic batch experiments were performed, and acetate uptake rate and phosphate release rate under anaerobic conditions and phosphate uptake rate under aerobic condition were determined. The metabolic rates measured were expected to be linear to the mixing ratios, as the supernatant was the same for all mixing ratios, whereas the metabolic rates were either promoted or inhibited by mixing of sludges. As an indicator for the sludge mixing effect on the metabolic rates, mixing effect intensity (MEI) was introduced. Chemical substances that are produced by microorganisms in activated sludge are proposed to be one of the possible causes of the sludge mixing effect.

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