Advanced Or Special Processes

a) Biological—1) Completely mixed, activated sludge, 2) Ultrafiltration membrane in activated sludge, 3) Use of pure oxygen, 4) Multistage activated sludge b) Physical—1) Electrodialysis, 2) Reverse osmosis, 3) Carbon adsorption, 4) Centrifugation c) Chemical—1) Hydrolysis, 2) Ozone, 3) Precipitation, 4) Coagulation, 5) Flocculation d) Heat Treatment— 1) Heat treatment alone, 2) Wet-air oxidation e) Recovery Methods— 1) Recalcination, 2) Activated carbon recovery

Advanced treatment removes nutrients, trace organics, and dissolved minerals. Physicochemical treatment techniques used in conjunction with biological processes are an ef fective means of guaranteeing high-quality, reusable effluents. Because physicochemical methods are not overly effective in reducing soluble organic BOD on such wastewater biological processes are universally applied.

Advanced wastewater treatment plants usually consist of several unit processes operating in series. Each unit process represents an additional treatment step on the way to a treated, reusable effluent. By combining differing unit processes, these plants can attain almost any purity of effluent to meet the use of the treated wastewater.

A convenient method of describing advanced treatment plants is to use engineering flow sheets to graphically present the combination of unit processes and the direction of waste flow through them. The flow sheets in this section show treatment processes that are practical methods of treating wastewater. Some of these processes may only have been used in pilot plants; others are operating in full-scale applications.

Treatment processes can be classified according to the degree of treatment required. Advanced treatment plants have high treatment efficiencies, i.e., they produce water suitable for reuse or nonpolluting disposal.

One of the most widely used indicators of treatment efficiency is BOD. Because organic material usually exerts the largest component of BOD, BOD removal is a direct measure of the organic material removed from wastewater. Another important parameter is phosphate removal. Phosphates act as fertilizers in natural water and promote algae and plant growth. Such growth ultimately leads to anaerobic and polluted conditions.

Common categories of treatment levels are primary, secondary, and tertiary and the physicochemical treatment, which combines primary and tertiary processes. Conventional treatment usually consists of primary (SS removal) and secondary (BOD reduction) steps. Advanced treatment refers to specialized or tertiary processes. The process categories discussed in this section are subdivided into secondary equivalent (80 to 90% BOD reduction), secondary equivalent (80 to 90% BOD reduction) with phosphate removal, and tertiary equivalent (95% BOD reduction with phosphate removal).

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