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Eliminating Wastewater Odors with Ecosorb

A constant challenge with wastewater treatment plants is how to control foul odors from affecting the surrounding areas. It has been a primary concern for many communities and is a major issue with legislators trying to enact adequate measures to control the problem. The smell that comes from processing waste originates from the anaerobic bacteria…

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Biosolids Can Now Be Utilized to Make Bricks

Biosolids have traditionally been processed into things such as fertilizer, compost, and biogas. But a new study has looked into converting biosolids into bricks. It would become an ideal solution for developing renewable materials for construction making it affordable and readily available. The United States produces about 7.1 million tonnes of biosolids, the EU over…

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Factors that Affect the Development of Activated Sludge in Wastewater Treatment

The presence of bacteria is vital for the wastewater treatment process. In an ideal wastewater treatment plant system, bacteria (about 95%) along with a small portion of fungi and protozoa should form a biological floc that is known as an activated sludge. This is essential for the degradation of organic substances in wastewater. The activated…

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How to Find the Best Compost for Improving Turf

Although there are several ways to revitalize nutrient deficient soils into producing turf, one of the cheapest and more effective solutions comes from using compost as a soil amendment. Different varieties of soil types could benefit from using these biosolids. Clay soils, for example, can have improved structure with reduced surface crusting and compaction as…

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Ontario Struggles with Algal Bloom Problems

Algal blooms around Lake Erie has been a constant bane for many residents from both the United States and Canada who live near the lake’s shoreline. Ontario has investigated the effectivity of stormwater management in reducing phosphorus deposits into the lakes, but it has faced significant challenges. They have yet to determine how to monitor,…

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Using Short Paper Fiber to Enhance Biosolids Fertilisers

Biosolids have been a very welcome addition to many agricultural areas because it provides the necessary nutrients that are essential in plant growth. It is organic and readily available from wastewater treatment plants which makes biosolids renewable and affordable for farmers to use. There are some drawbacks with biosolids however, in that there is a…

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Benefits of Thermal Hydrolysis in Producing High Quality Biosolids and Biogas Production

The primary objective of wastewater treatment is to process domestic sludge before recycling it into productive materials such as fertilizers or feeding it back into the water system. Based on the wastewater quality, biosolids are classified into Class A and Class B. Class A is a type of sterilized sludge that is used for land…

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Innovations in Wastewater Treatment: Liquid Gated Membranes

A team from the University of Waterloo and Northeastern University have collaborated with Wyss Institute to find a biological solution for wastewater filtration and further innovations in wastewater treatment. Conducted at Harvard University, the study wanted to compare the effectiveness of a standard filter and a liquid-gated membrane filter in terms of pressure requirements and…

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Calgary Invests in Wastewater Plant Development

Calgary has been preparing for a future of increased population growth by upgrading the Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant. Although it does not have the bigger budgets or glamour that other infrastructure projects like a new LRT may have, it is no less important to develop. The city has appropriated $1 billion to be used over…

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Vancouver May Experience Worsening Water Supply Problems

In the coming decade, it is predicted that Vancouver water supply problems could experience shortages due to a growing population and worsening climate change. Local officials are trying to prepare for this challenge by proposing various preventive measures. These includes enacting campaigns to encourage residents to conserve water and investing in the upgrading of the…

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