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Description: Operators, engineers, designers and managers involved with wastewater treatment plants aim for a thorough understanding of biological treatment processes in order to achieve the expected performance. The course stresses the understanding the fundamentals and bridges the theoretical considerations with the practical aspects of operation. Objective To provide comprehensive understanding of biological nutrient removal processes and tools to achieve effective performance results including problem solving ideas. Who Should Attend Technical people involved in design, operation, monitoring and control of wastewater treatment plants and individuals who want to sharpen their skills. Course Outcomes Individuals will have a better understanding and knowledge about the variables that affect nutrient removal systems and approaches to optimize plant performance. Program Outline Day I Wastewater Characterization and Interpretation Definition of wastewater components and characterization Sources of nitrogen and phosphorus and importance Reasons for nutrient removal Sampling methods and choices of technique Impact of industrial sources Variability of flows and need to measure for design and operation Usefulness of tracer studies in a treatment system Data analysis and interpretation Fundamentals of the Activated Sludge Process and its Relationship with Nutrient Removal Fundamental principles and nutrient requirements of the biological process Overview of kinetics Assumptions and limitations Principles of biological process control (SRT etc) Identification /selection of design parameters Role of aeration and dissolved oxygen in the various biological processes Overview of modified activated sludge configurations and lagoons Nitrogen and phosphorus removal expectations from a strictly carbon removal system Fundamentals of Nitrogen Removal Nitrification Fundamentals of nitrification Microbiology Environmental factors Process parameters and kinetics Denitrification Fundamentals of denitrification Microbiology Environmental factors Process parameters and kinetics Incorporation in treatment processes Fundamentals of Biological Phosphorus Removal Theoretical considerations Basic requirements Luxury up-take Co-precipitation Biological processes Incorporation within existing processes Fundamentals of Fixed Film Processes Theory and principles Day II Nutrient Removal Processes Process configurations Operating parameters and system control Carbonaceous requirements: nitrification and denitrification in relation to Bio-p removal Biological nutrient removal in an SBR as an example of an integrated process Operating parameters and system control Carbonaceous requirements: nitrification and denitrification in relation to Bio-p removal Biological nutrient removal in an SBR as an example of an integrated process Usefulness in enhancing activated sludge life and performance through optimization Troubleshooting and Process Control: Importance with Respect to Maximizing Nutrient Removal Impact of changes in hydraulics, organic composition or both on performance Understanding the limitations of plant design and operation based on the F/M ratio or control of MLSS Tools to measure effects: Morphology of the activated sludge flocs, the SVI and its limitation Measuring the sludge blanket: the glass tube Filamentous organisms and their impact Measuring biomass activity: the oxygen uptake rate and its significance Control of sludge wasting and its impact on operation: using sludge age, F/M or MLSS control? Stable operation by maintaining constant sludge age Return sludge flow control: real significance and when to use it Control methods for activated sludge bulking and foaming Open Discussion Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment Instructor: Ronald Zaloum, Ph. D., was Program Manager with Environment Canada. He has earned his Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at McGill University, Montreal, and his Masters in Environmental Engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton and his Ph. D. in Environmental Studies at Metz University, France. Mr. Zaloum was Adjunct Professor and Researcher at the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill University and a member of the Order of Engineers of the Province of Quebec. At Environment Canada, he worked as program engineer and with Wastewater Technology Center, Burlington as research engineer. Prior to retiring, Ronald was involved in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and the implementation of pollution prevention practices and process audits.
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1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs

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More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

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