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This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the chemical and biological fundamentals of nutrient removal, economics associated with eutrophication, bioreactors and their operation in nutrient removal, and their comparative effectiveness.

Course Outline
A growing number of coastal areas of the world’s oceans are being deprived of dissolved oxygen at an alarming rate. These areas, considered aquatic dead zones, are expanding on a global scale and severely threatening marine life. The negative economic impact on fisheries, tourism, industrial jobs, decreased property values, reduction in species diversity and public health costs can be severe. Scientific research confirms that dead zones are caused by nitrogen and phosphorous essential elements in the uncontrollable growth of algae and aquatic plants.) Phosphorous and nitrogen are found in agricultural runoff, (fertilizers), sewage flowing into rivers, streams and oceans, and by the combustion of fossil fuels. Both elements are generally termed as life-giving elements, and municipal and industrial waste water contain important quantities of phosphorus and nitrogen. In Canada, the efforts in nutrient removal in wastewater treatment plants are very modest. Therefore, the removal of these nutrients has become an important facet of wastewater treatment.  The phenomenon and effects associated with excess nutrient is called eutrophication, and have important social and economic repercussions.  The removal of both nutrients can proceed biologically or chemically, and can take place in different kind of bioreactors. The selection of the most adequate process based on technical and economic considerations will be the basis of this course.

Objective To provide a comprehensive understanding of the chemical and biological fundamentals of  nutrient removal, economics associated with eutrophication, bioreactors and their operation in nutrient removal, and their  comparative effectiveness.

Who Should Attend Municipal engineers, technical employees of regulatory agencies, consulting engineers involved in plant design, construction, monitoring and control superintendents, foremen, operators in wastewater treatment plants and individuals who want to update skills, and establish or improve their environmental programs.

Program Outline Instructor: Manuel Alvarez Cuenca,  Ph.D. , P.Eng.,  Ecotechnos Inc.

Day I Rationale for Nutrient Removal
• Characterization of wastewater and its impact on receiving waters
• Elements of a Wastewater treatment plant
• Nutrient removal in Canadian wastewater treatment plants

Fundamentals of Biological Nitrogen Removal
• The cycle of Nitrogen in nature
• Nitrogen compounds and their properties
• Biological Nitrogen removal

Fundamentals of Biological and Chemical Phosphorus Removal
• The cycle of Phosphorous in nature
• Phosphorous compounds and their properties
• Biological Phosphorous removal (Enhanced Biological Phosphorous Removal)
• Chemical Phosphorous removal

Day II Ideal Flow Reactors
• Batch and Continuous reactors
• Biochemical Reactors
• Suspended growth processes: activated sludge
• Biofilm processes: rotating biological contactors (RBCs) units
• Fluidized bed reactors

Workshop I
Participants work in small groups under instructor guidance to resolve practical problems on biological nitrogen removal

Operation and Maintenance of Biological Nitrogen Removal Units
Anoxic reactors

Day III Operation and Maintenance of Phosphorus Removal Units
• Configuration of the main Phosphorous Removal reactors
• Their operating conditions
• Performance efficiency

Operation of Nutrient Removal Plants
Examples of Advanced Canadian Nutrient Removal Plants
Optimization of Operating Conditions., Controlling Bulking and Foaming.

Workshop II
Participants work in small groups under instructor guidance to solve typical problems encountered in phosphorus removal processes

There will be a one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

After Participating in this Course, You will be Able To:
  • Understand the microbiology of nitrogen and phosphorus removal process
  • Become familiar with the operation of nitrogen and phosphorus removal processes and technologies.
  • Learn how optimize nutrient removal processes

Daily Schedule:
8:00         Registration and Coffee (1st day only)
8:30         Session begins
4:30         Adjournment
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.8 CEUs / 18 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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