As regulations, compliance and optimization needs change, so should the technology, processes, and the mindset that drives the innovation to change. So often human beings get caught up in the routines. Projects get delayed for lack of funding, communication or things are not perfect from an operational standpoint. As the need for upgrades, rehabilitation and optimization increase, this would be a great time to reflect on how your system could go from good to better to optimized.
The following article is an example of how smaller systems can take advantage of new technology and optimization and make better use of a small budget. The Integrated Fixed-Film Activated Sludge (IFAS) system mentioned in the article and pictured below might be the wave of the future for small Kentucky wastewater treatment plants. The following link gives a quick synopsis of how IFAS works and some of its benefits. It should be noted that links from DCA’s Operation Matters blog does not constitute endorsement by DCA of the parties or their products or services.
With the reduction of permit limits on nitrogen, phosphorus and other parameters, this might be the most economical and feasible way to meet the numbers for compliance, as well as reach operational optimization in municipalities. Research, development, project planning and fiscal responsibility should be in the forefront of the rehabilitation process. This success story can be duplicated or a similar project can bring success to the small Kentucky facilities that are limited by small budgets.