Case Study of Electrical Conductivity Control at an Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant
Tests were conducted to determine the feasibility for using nitrification and denitrification to control electrical conductivity in an industrial wastewater treatment process effluent. A laboratory-scale sequencing-batch reactor (SBR) system provided 98.5% COD removal and 99.5% nitrification when operating at a solids retention time of 12 days. The resulting average effluent COD concentration was 20 mg/L. Complete nitrification occurred within six hours of aeration but twelve hours of reaction time was required for denitrification. The nitrate-N concentration in the decanted SBR effluent averaged 21 mg/L. Completion of denitrification in downstream denitrification filters will reduce the EC from 1,210 to 852 μS/cm, thereby allowing the plant to meet its EC discharge standard.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 January 2008
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