Skip to main content

TEAMING UP TO MEET STARTUP GOALS AT LAS VEGAS' BNR FACILITY

Buy Article:

$17.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Or sign up for a free trial

Using a startup team that was responsible for operational decisions and intensive data collection were the two major success factors during the smooth startup of Las Vegas' 30 mgd BNR plant. The startup team continued to function after initial startup to optimize operations and improve performance.

Much of the credit for success is due to the City of Las Vegas' vision. This startup process followed the plant's business plan and let employees get involved in decision making. The payoff was team buy-in for the project, and processes came online with only minor problems. Overall the project has been a huge success, creating a sense of pride for all members involved. Las Vegas also officially recognized startup team members for their contributions.

The startup team itself was comprised of plant employees from the operations, maintenance, laboratory, management and electrical groups. The plant designer and operations specialists also helped the start up team with training and phone consultation prior to start up. The team met weekly to discuss problems and to review progress and process performance data. During this time, the team determined process adjustments. Once the process met permit requirements, the team's focus shifted to optimizing plant performance.

Process changes focused on sludge age set point and control, DO control, RAS and internal recycle flow rates, the use of ferric chloride for odor control and effluent phosphorus trimming and other process related targets. Phosphorus, ammonia and nitrate profiles demonstrated process startup and provided feedback for optimization. These data profiles are useful to show when phosphorus release and uptake is taking place, whether there was a lack of nitrate to assure anoxic conditions, if secondary phosphorus release is occurring in the aeration basin/secondary clarifier, any failure of the internal mixed liquor pump and the importance of the influent BOD/P ratio.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Data/Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-01-01

More about this publication?
  • Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

    A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation includes access to most papers presented at the annual WEF Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) and other conferences held since 2000. Subscription access begins 12 months after the event and is valid for 12 months from month of purchase. A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is included in Water Environment Federation (WEF) membership.

    WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access. Access begins 12 months after the conference or event
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • About WEF Proceedings
  • WEFTEC Conference Information
  • Learn about the many other WEF member benefits and join today
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more