Biological method of reducing excessive growth of filamentous bacteria in activated sludge in wastewater treatment plants

Summary of the technology

The subject of the offer is a biological method of reducing excessive growth of filamentous bacteria in activated sludge in wastewater treatment plants. The invention uses organisms naturally occurring in the activated sludge - rotifers, which eliminate filamentous bacteria that cause bulking of activated sludge - one of the most prevailing and most serious problems in sewage treatment plants

New and innovative aspects

The most common way of wastewater treatment is the biological method using organisms naturally occurring in the aqueous environment. They form an activated sludge, consisting mainly of bacteria, protozoa and metazoa representatives. The most important role in the removal of impurities play a bacteria, including filamentous, which uncontrolled growth leads to commonly occurring phenomenon which is foaming and bulking sludge.This process is one of the most serious operating problems in sewage treatment plants worldwide. Currently used methods of reducing excessive growth of filamentous bacteria consist mainly in dispensing of chemicals (such as synthetic organic polymers and coagulants), and are not always effective. Other disadvantages of chemical methods include the necessity to implement significant changes in the treatment process, the relatively high cost of application, increasing weight of the sediment and the harmful impact on the environment. However, despite numerous studies aimed at developing new ways of eliminating the uncontrolled growth of activated sludge, the optimal method is still required.The solution to this problem may be a biological method of filamentous bacteria growth control with use of Lecane rotifers - naturally occurring organisms in activated sludge that feed on bacteria. The invention may be applied in various types of sewage. Moreover the method allows an analysis of the effectiveness of rotifers in relation to specific deposits.

Main advantages of its use

  • high efficiency in elimination of filamentous bacteria, particularly bacteria that are a major cause of activated sludge foaming and bulking - Microthrix parvicella, N. limicola, Type 21N;
  • the applicability of the method in different types of sewage, due to the high resistance of Lecane rotifers to adverse environmental conditions;
  • lack of harmful effects on the environment;
  • improvement of sedimentation properties of sludge.
  • low cost of implementation and application of the method
  • Applications

    •  Application for wastewater treatment in biological sewage treatment

    Intellectual property status

    Countries Covered by Patent:

    Poland, Germany, France, Great Britain, Netherlands

    Current development status

    The method of bulking reduction was already tested in laboratory scale bioreactors and the results were positive. The method is also tested in 10 full scale wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs).  The WWTPs are being monitored continuously and final results will be known by the end of 2016. 

    Desired business relationship

    The Centre for Technology Transfer CITTRU is looking for entities interested in licensing and application of the technology 

Related Keywords

  • Sludge Treatment / Disposal
  • Wastewater Recycling
  • Water Management
  • Recycling, Recovery
  • Waste Management
  • Other
  • Water treatment equipment and waste disposal systems
  • Pollution and Recycling Related
  • wastewater treatment
  • lecane rotifers
  • elimination of bulking of activated sludge

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Jagiellonian University, founded 1364, is the oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest worldwide. The research and teaching activities are conducted at 15 faculties, including the Medical College (Collegium Medicum). Over 3,700 researchers work at the university and the total number of students is about 50,000.

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