At Urbanblue, we are passionate about wastewater and the science behind it. Our laboratory offers complete Microanalysis & Filament Origins to help our customers identify issues and ensure the continuous efficiency of wastewater treatment plants.
What it is?
We at UrbanBlue have created AquaPulse 1.0 for managing wastewater treatment plants that can quickly and accurately assess the health of these facilities. By analyzing primary data collected from the plants, our algorithm can determine the necessary adjustments to be made on a daily basis in response to varying effluent levels.
In addition, our set of Tools are able to identify the types of filamentous microbes and higher life forms present in the biological system, which helps to determine the age and quality of sludge. These features enable the software to predict maintenance needs and provide actionable recommendations based on the severity and urgency of any issues that arise. The use of this software has the potential to reduce downtime by up to 99%, potentially saving industries millions of dollars each year.
How it will help you?
Understand biological processes in treatment plant to take informed operational decisions.
Why is this important?
Delay in analyzing & reporting increases the chances of plant downtime. 7 in 10 Managers in India experience downtime of up to 15 days once a year which can halt manufacturing completely.
Your plant changes daily so should your operating parameters, dosing of chemicals & bioculture consumption
Lower downtime in plants along with lesser dosing of chemicals will significantly improve your direct OpEx & less load on tertiary systems like RO, lowering further cost.
Up to date biological system will help you achieve better effluent standards keeping on point government compliances
List of tests that are included
Flocs are clusters of microorganisms that are essential for the removal of organic matter from wastewater
Floc size is an important parameter since it determines the settleability of the sludge. Floc size can vary from 100 um to 5000 um and more. Too small or Too large flocs can have an adverse affect on the plant.
Oxygen Penetration is important in determining the health of the flocs present in the system Flocs greater than 1000-2000um have difficulty in getting oxygen & might cause septic conditions if kept unchecked.
EPS is important to understand the floc-forming properties of bacterial colonies in wastewater. They act as the glue holding together colonies of bacteria. A good floc will have medium levels of EPS with limited to no diffusion of EPS into the surrounding. Excess EPS Diffusion can be caused due to cell death and/or septic conditions. They also tell about C:N:P ratio of plants.
Sludge Age is the most important factor in determining the biological health of the plant. It can vary from Plant to plant & is usually Measured in Sludge Retention Time (SRT) and/or Mean Cell Residence Time (MCRT). It can be determined using microbial examination to a great extent might require further plant data to better understand & manage the RAS/WAS Ratio.
Filamentous Microbe Analysis
Filamentous bacteria are long, thin bacteria that can cause issues in wastewater treatment systems. These bacteria can grow excessively and form mats, which can interfere with sludge settling and aeration. Filamentous growth analysis involves identifying the type and level of filamentous bacteria in the wastewater to assess treatment performance and identify potential issues.
Filament population understanding is important to protect plants from any adverse effects in the longer run. Certain Filaments are harmless but filaments like Nocardia can cause Foaming or Bulking in Plants. They also indicate the presence of certain conditions low F/M ratio or Low DO in plants.
Higher Life Form Analysis
Higher life forms, such as macroinvertebrates or other organisms, can indicate pollution or issues with wastewater treatment efficiency. Presence of these organisms may indicate that the wastewater is not properly treated, and the treatment process may need to be improved.
Flagellates utilize long hair-like strands, known as flagella, for mobility. They indicate young sludge age & high levels of free bacteria in the system.
Can be Free swimming or Stalked. Free Swimming Ciliates are present in young sludge age. Stalked Ciliates are present in healthy sludge age and feed on remaining free bacteria, algae and other small protozoans.
They indicated healthy sludge age and generally feed on metazoa & protozoa in plants. Look similar to Ciliates but have different tentacle-like structures.
Indicate Old Sludge Age depending on population dynamics. Feed on decomposing bacteria, bacteria, algae, or smaller protozoa. Also, aid in floc formation by secreting mucus. A large population of Dead Rotifers indicate sudden toxicity within the system.
Indicate old sludge age. Move-in whip-like motion. Easy to observe in the system. Feed on flocs present in the system. A large population is not good for plants. Nematodes feed on the smaller, simpler micro-organisms which are found in the slime layer, such as bacteria and protozoan.
Indicate very old sludge age. Presence also indicates the poor nutrient balance in the system with very high SRT/MCRT.
Can be present in a large variety of conditions. Multiple species indicate different conditions. Generally present in Phosphorus rich waters. Some also indicate poor mixing In water or poor aeration.
Fungi can grow under low moisture and nitrogen conditions and tolerate an environment with a relatively low pH. Fungi are often a cause of bulking. Too many fungi can cause an increase in polymer consumption and make dewatering harder. Fungi like Yeast can cause high levels of TSS and cause an increase in polymer usage to reduce TSS in final effluent if not controlled.
Contribute to floc structure formation and have or symbiotic relationship with bacteria. Difficult to identify without specialized equipment and very costly. Secondary Conditions are considered to analyze them.
Nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus are essential for microbial growth in wastewater treatment systems, but high levels can also cause issues with treatment performance. Nutrient analysis involves determining the levels of these nutrients in the wastewater to optimize the treatment process and prevent overgrowth of bacteria. It isimportant to understand C:N:P ratio for adequate nutrient balance & chemical dosing.