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FAQ’s about Bioaugmentation of Wastewater

FAQ’s about Bioaugmentation of Wastewater Frequently asked questions about the bioaugmentation of wastewater. Q. What is bioaugmentation? A. Bioaugmentation is simply the addition of specifically selected microorganisms (mainly bacteria) to wastewater. When properly implemented bioaugmentation of wastewater will improve the performance of the plant. Q. I’ve heard about using “bugs” and bioremediation but isn’t that just snake oil? A. In the past, there were a lot of snake oil salesman peddling magic bacteria that could do wonderful things at treatment plant. Bioaugmentation companies had a reputation worse than that of a sleezy lawyer. The myth continue because treatment plant operators normally have a background in engineering, not biology. The wastewater engineers found very little math to evaluate wastewater treatment bacteria. So instead of bioaugmentation, most industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants used polymers and chemicals to treat their wastewater problems. Q. So what can bacteria and bioaugmentation really do? A. First, its important to remember that bacteria are alive. They have certain nutrient requirement that they need to live, grow, and reproduce. Here’s a quick list of the most important parameters: Dissolved Oxygen – Greater than .5mg/L Temperature – 50-95 degrees F. pH 6-9 Ammonia 1-3 mg/L Phosphate .5-2 mg/L Yes, a wastewater treatment plant can operate out side...

Biological Wastewater Treatment

What is Biological Wastewater Treatment Biological Wastewater Treatment is the use of microorganisms, generally bacteria, to naturally degrade organic wastes found in wastewater.  The use of biological wastewater treatment results in BOD reduction, COD reduction, FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) reduction and wastewater odor control. Custom Biologicals manufactures F-TREAT which is our main biological wastewater treatment product. The bacteria in F-TREAT have been specifically selected because of their enhanced ability to degrade and remove a wide variety of organic wastes. Custom Biologicals has over twenty years experience in the use of bacteria to degrade the organic chemicals found in municipal and industrial wastewater. F-TREAT has proven to be effective in degrading the organic wastes found in a number of wastewaters including: Municipal Wastewater Lift stations Industrial Wastewater Pulp and Paper Wastewater Food Processing Wastewater Petrochemical Wastewater Animal Waste Wastewater Shrimp Aquaculture Wastewater Custom also has the ability to customize a biological wastewater treatment specifically for your specific wastewater problem. We have addressed wastewater problems such as phosphate reduction, nitrogen reduction, bulking, foaming, and filamentous bacteria problems. Contact Custom Biologicals for more information about how to customize a wastewater solution. Custom wastewater solutions are not limited to large scale wastewater treatment plants. We have products for on-site wastewater treatment such as...

Bioremediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soils – A Case Study

A case study about the bioremediation of petroleum contaminated soils using Custom HC, a bioremediation bacteria product. This case study is a quite simple illustration of the use of bioremediation bacteria to clean petroleum contaminated soils. Custom HC, manufactured by Custom Biologicals, is a bioremediation bacteria product. Custom HC contains petrophilic (oil-loving) bacteria selected because of their enhanced ability to degrade petroleum products, fuel oils, phenols and petrochemicals. The addition of bacteria with the intent of metabolizing petroleum or other chemicals is called bioaugmentation. Bioremediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soils – A Case Study   Client Category: Ex-situ Petroleum contaminated soil. Location: Dade County, Florida, U.S.A. Problem:  An underground leaking motor oil storage tank went unnoticed and unemptied for 15 years. Two batches of excavated soil were contaminated with motor oil. Contamination Size: The soils were removed resulting in two piles, batch1 and batch 2. Batch #1 208 cubic yards 18,000 ppm TPH (Total Parts Hydrocarbon).  Batch #2 178 cubic yards 8,530 ppm TPH. Custom Treatment: Soil was treated separately with 2 gallons of Custom HC per cubic yard. Nutrients were added according to recommendations and aeration was provided. From the graphs, it is easy to see that both piles were treated by 90 days after the start of the bioremediation of petroleum. While...

Custom HC – Bioremediation Bacteria Product

Custom HC – Bioremediation Bacteria Custom Biologicals, Inc. produces Custom HC, a bioremediation bacteria product formulated to degrade petroleum hydrocarbons, dry cleaning fluids, chlorinated solvents, and other hazardous environmental contaminants in soil, water, and groundwater applications. Custom HC contains live, petrophilic (oil loving) bacteria. These bioremediation bacteria have been specifically selected because of their enhanced ability to metabolize (eat) petroleum products such as; fuel oils, phenols, diesel, BTEX components, heating oil, antifreeze constituents, and more. Bioremediation is the process of using bacteria, fungi, or other microorganisms to degrade selected pollutants and return the soil or groundwater altered by the contaminants to their original condition.  Bioaugmentation is bioremediation with the application of laboratory grown organisms like Custom HC to increase pollutant degradation, reduce cleanup time, and reduce costs of nutrients, machines, and manpower. Bioaugmentation is bioremediation with the application of laboratory grown organisms to augment the populations of bacteria that can degrade oil.  Degrade oil with Custom HC.  Custom HC has petrophilic bacteria, scientifically chosen for their ability to effectively degrade hydrocarbons, packaged in extremely high concentrations. Bioaugmentation with Custom HC will:         increase total petrophilic bacteria counts         increase effective petrophilic populations         decrease cleanup time   (and time is money)...

Industrial Wastewater Treatment of Petrochemicals

This case study is about industrial wastewater treatment of a petrochemical plant’s wastewater. The biological treatment of industrial wastewater is best achieved using bioaugmentation, the addition of specifically selected bacteria, to the wastewater. Generally, the native bacteria are ill equipped to metabolize the wastewater in industrial effluents. Custom Biologicals manufactures F-TREAT, a bioaugmentation product designed for use in both industrial and municipal wastewater. F-TREAT will enhance the biological degradation of the organic chemicals found in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Each industrial wastewater effluent is unique and a “cookie cutter” approach is unlikely to produce the best results. Contact Custom Biologicals to discuss if biological treatment of industrial wastewater can help you.    Industrial Wastewater Treatment – Petrochemical Plant Client Category: Petrochemical Plant – Industrial wastewater treatment Location: Houston, TX, USA Physical Plant: Industrial Wastewater treatment plant Flow: 200,000 GPD (gallons per day) Problem: Ammonia influent levels average of 10 mg/L with spikes up to 42 mg/L. The MCL (maximum contamination limit) for this location is 20 mg/L. Previous Treatment: The client was using a competitors biological product and decided to switch products due to significant cost savings. Previous treatment was successful with average ammonia effluent levels of 2 mg/L. Custom Treatment: F-TREAT was injected once per day at a rate of 1-3 gallons per day...
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