Title page for ETD etd-09042007-011731

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Guest, Jeremy Scott
URN etd-09042007-011731
Title Laboratory Testing of Process Controls for the Mitigation of Toxic Shock Events at Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal Wastewater Treatment Plants
Degree Master of Science
Department Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Love, Nancy G. Committee Chair
Little, John C. Committee Member
Novak, John T. Committee Member
  • shock
  • chlorine
  • endogenous respiration
  • process control
  • biological phosphorus removal
Date of Defense 2007-08-20
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Toxic shock events can be detrimental to wastewater treatment systems and can result in long-term losses of system performance. If warned of an impending toxic shock, operators would have the opportunity to implement process controls that could help mitigate the effects of the shock event. The objective of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a developed corrective action strategy (involving aerobic endogenous respiration) on an enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) shocked with chlorine. Three identical, laboratory-scale systems were designed to mimic one train of the Long Creek Water Resources Reclamation Facility (WRRF, Gastonia, NC). The basis of this study is a comparative performance analysis among the three trains; a negative control (unshocked and operated normally), a positive control (shocked with hypochlorite and operated normally), and the corrective action (shocked with hypochlorite and process controls implemented). Comparative performance analysis among the three trains was based on effluent quality, performance stability, and biomass kinetics as indicated by rates of respiration and phosphate release and uptake. The shock event and corrective action strategy both inhibited EBPR. After an initial perturbation, the positive control matched the performance of the negative control. The corrective action, however, exhibited significant instability in EBPR performance. Regardless of whether aerobic or anaerobic sludge storage conditions are selected, endogenous respiration will still result in system instability. It is recommended, therefore, that measures be taken to avoid imposing endogenous conditions on isolated sludge during a short-term toxic shock event.
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