Skip to main content

Design and Operation of Large Scale Biotrickling Filters for Odor Control At Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Buy Article:

$17.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Or sign up for a free trial


Controlling hydrogen sulfide emissions from wastewater treatment facilities can be a major undertaking. Many chemically based methods are available to remove hydrogen sulfide. However, these methods require absorbents that must be replaced or regenerated, involve the use of hazardous chemicals that are quickly consumed, or are complex systems that are difficult to manage. An alternative economical and effective method for scrubbing foul air is using microorganisms present in a biotrickling filter system.

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Districts) have been in the process of covering, enclosing and capturing emissions from the primary wastewater treatment area at its largest wastewater treatment facility, the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (JWPCP), over the last few years. Once an effective containment system was put into place, many of the covered areas were ventilated to create a slight vacuum under the covers to keep odors from emanating out. To deal with the dominant odorous compound present from these locations, hydrogen sulfide, a large biotrickling filter system was developed and designed by the Districts. The biotrickling filter system was constructed to handle 60,000 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air from the inlet headworks, grit chambers and aerated channels in the primary treatment area of the facility.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2006

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 These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

    WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access.
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • About WEF Proceedings
  • WEFTEC Conference Information
  • ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect 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