We’re always a little disheartened when we hear of a facility decommissioning their lagoon in favor of a mechanical treatment plant. While mechanical plants provide excellent effluent quality, for the most part they can be overkill for a small town. With proper lagoon optimization training, a lagoon system can be improved and rehabbed to stay in permit at a fraction of the cost of replacing it.
Even if a new mechanical wastewater facility is funded with block grants or low-interest loans, the additional energy, maintenance, and operations costs make it more expensive than a lagoon. We outline some of these unexpected expenses in our blog, The Hidden Costs of Replacing a Lagoon with a Mechanical Plant.
We’re all about helping Lagoons Do It Better. To that end, we set up periodic lagoon training events in different locations with crack lagoon expert Steve Harris. He has over twenty years’ experience as a lagoon consultant and instructor and literally wrote the book on lagoon troubleshooting and optimization. (If you don’t have a copy of Wastewater Lagoon Troubleshooting: An Operators Guide, we highly recommend you get one. It’s detailed and written in plain language, and it’s our go-to resource for diagnosing, understanding, and solving lagoon issues.)
Steve will be teaching his lagoon troubleshooting and optimization course for us in Tulalip, WA, on March 28 and in Storm Lake and Cedar Falls, IA, on May 2–3. Check out our brief “infomercial” and read below for highlights.
Lagoon Optimization Training Days Agenda
Check in, grab a coffee and a donut, and settle in as Steve teaches you the knowledge he’s gleaned in his decades as a lagoon consultant:
- Lagoon microbiology, including variables affecting performance. Everything that happens in a lagoon affects everything else, so it’s good to start with an overview of how lagoons work
- How to diagnose a lagoon by testing to isolate the source of BOD, TSS, or nutrient problems, including when and where to sample and what tests to run
- Sludge accumulation and removal; how to sludge judge, when it’s necessary to remove sludge, and how to remove it
- Nutrients: The chemistry and biology of lagoon ammonia and nitrogen removal. Cost effective ways to upgrade a lagoon to meet increasingly stringent ammonia and phosphorus limits
- Pond hydraulics: how even small changes to correct short circuiting can result in massive improvements in effluent quality
Steve will teach you a systematic approach to identifying and pinpointing the source of lagoon issues. His goal is to empower lagoon operators to do a lot of the work themselves, rather than needing to turn problems over to an engineer.
He’ll present specific techniques and case studies to help you get more out of your current lagoon system, even without upgrading infrastructure. Bring a flash drive and take home some great content Steve has collected over thirty years of working with lagoons, including the EPA lagoons manual, information on pond hydraulics, and math for lagoon operators.
Get more information or register at the links below. If you’d like lagoon training in your area, let us know!