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LDIB-TV: Controlling Lagoon Algae and Duckweed with Aquafix

Lagoon algae and duckweed are among our most covered topics, and no wonder–both are common in lagoon systems, especially during the summer. In this episode of Lagoons Do It Better TV, we revisit the topic from new angle: how these growths can … Continue reading



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Lagoon Sludge: Impacts on Ammonia and BOD Treatment

Lagoon sludge is a normal part of lagoon wastewater treatment, and it’s usually not a problem until it is allowed to build up in excess at the bottom of the lagoon. In the latest video posted to our Lagoons Do It Better YouTube channel, … Continue reading



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Say Hello to My Little Friend: The Tardigrade

The tardigrade, a ubiquitous creature familiar to wastewater professionals, is enjoying a moment in the spotlight. New York’s American Museum of Natural History is showcasing them as part of the exhibition Life at The Limits: Stories of Amazing Species. The BBC … Continue reading



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The Nose Knows: Lagoon Odors Give Clues to Lagoon Health

The wastewater lagoon operator has many tools at his or her disposal to determine the overall condition of a lagoon. Lagoon sampling and testing, of course, are the main methods, but even without equipment, the lagoon operator can get valuable diagnostic … Continue reading



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How to Perform a Lagoon Sludge Survey

Most wastewater lagoons are designed for a certain amount of sludge storage, so sludge is typically not a daily concern for the operator. Many permits require wastewater lagoon sludge to be measured at least annually after five years of service. Even if … Continue reading



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Lagoon Aeration: Enemy of Sludge Accumulation

Benjamin Franklin famously said there are only two things in this world to be certain of: death and taxes. Wastewater operators can add a third: sludge. Sludge can be just a normal, innocuous byproduct of wastewater treatment, or it can be a … Continue reading



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How to Prevent Spring Lagoon Turnover and Odors

Spring is in the air, and for some wastewater lagoons, that means foul lagoon odors are in the air, too. In this short article, we’ll talk about seasonal lagoon turnover, why the spring turnover can be the most severe, and how … Continue reading



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Troubleshooting High Wastewater Pond TSS

Total Suspended Solids, or TSS, is a standard testing parameter for wastewater pond or lagoon operators. Effluent TSS is a measurement of  the amount of solid material that is escaping with the wastewater pond or lagoon effluent, and is a … Continue reading



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How to Prevent Wastewater Lagoon Short Circuit

It’s wintertime, the season when a wastewater lagoon is most likely to short circuit due to the disparity between the influent wastewater temperature and the ambient lagoon temperature. In a previous article, Four Causes of Wastewater Lagoon Short Circuit, we defined … Continue reading



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Four Causes of Wastewater Lagoon Short Circuit

We’ve referenced short circuiting several times as a potential cause of wastewater lagoon effluent problems. A lagoon is more likely to short circuit in the winter, when influent wastewater is warmer than the lagoon temperature, so it’s a good time … Continue reading



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