3 Common Wastewater Treatment Problems and Their Solutions

Tanks in different colors and sizesSeveral environmental issues affect industry competitiveness. That is why redesigning the way people manage wastewater with the use of biological water treatment is essential.

But like everything else, these treatment plants still encounter problems from time to time. Here are some of the common problems water treatment plants have to face and what you can do about them:

1. Deteriorating infrastructures

The parts of every treatment plant age. Once that happens, it is best to have the specific part replaced. Finances are always the main problem in the water industry. Leaving these infrastructures unattended may leave to even bigger costs in the long run.

2. Failing downstream equipment

Another common problem that most treatment plants encounter is the failing of the downstream equipment caused by an accumulation of large solids and fibres. Removing these materials can help protect the plant and its equipment from any damages in the future. You may clean the screens either manually or mechanically depending on the available option for you.

3. Not meeting the total nitrogen targets

To determine the cause of the problem, one must first analyse the levels of nitrate and ammonia. You have to ensure that the treatment plant is compliant with each level so that you will not have any problems with treating the bacteria. Doing so will keep the parameters at an ideal measure and thus reducing the nitrate levels in the plant.

As you can see, it takes a lot of effort to run a wastewater treatment plant effectively. The problems and the possible solutions should be able to give you a better understanding of how it works and how you can treat each issue.