During periods of low load (weekends and holidays) the Mangere wastewater treatment plant effluent has breached the summer consent conditions for total nitrogen. The purpose of this research was to determine if an internal recycle would improve nitrogen removal in the anoxic/aerobic activated sludge reactors sufficient to meet the summer resource consent standard. The recycle returned nitrate rich mixed liquor from the downstream aerobic zone back to the initial anoxic zone, thus potentially improving denitrification. A full scale trial showed that installation of the internal recycle on each RC would have satisfied the resource consent for total nitrogen in most cases over the three summer resource consent periods since the upgrade. However, further modifications of the internal recycle would be required to ensure that consent conditions were satisfied at all times and to improve the consistency of the results.
Internal recycle to improve denitrification in a step feed anoxic/aerobic activated sludge system
C. A. Boyle, C. J. McKenzie, S. Morgan; Internal recycle to improve denitrification in a step feed anoxic/aerobic activated sludge system. Water Sci Technol 1 October 2009; 60 (7): 1661–1668. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2009.031
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