Tag Archives: TSS

Duckweed Control in Wastewater Lagoons

Duckweed, or water lens, is a rapidly growing, invasive aquatic plant that thrives in wastewater lagoons due to the presence of ammonia and phosphorus, which act as fertilizer. Since summertime is high season for lagoon duckweed, it’s a good time … Continue reading



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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 TSS to BOD5: A Simple Ratio to Diagnose the Source of Problems

Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Total Suspended Solids, or TSS, are standard testing parameters for wastewater lagoons. The ratio between the two numbers can provide valuable insight into the source of the TSS. In this article, we’ll take a look at … Continue reading



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Lagoon Algae Prevention and Treatment: Strategies and Methods

Summertime is boom time for algae, and it’s been all over the news lately. A bloom that appeared seemingly overnight necessitated the closure and drainage of the diving pool at the Rio Olympics. Toxic blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, which we discussed in … Continue reading



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When Trouble Is Brewing: Preventing Brewery Lagoon Odors

According to the Brewers Association, we’re in a golden age of beer production, with the U.S. boasting over 4,000 active breweries as of September 2015. However, this increase in production has been accompanied by several high-profile news stories of brewers in trouble with … Continue reading



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Troubleshooting Low Lagoon Dissolved Oxygen

Lagoon dissolved oxygen, or DO, is the lifeblood of the wastewater lagoon system. The bacteria and other microbes that consume biological oxygen demand (BOD) need 1.5–2 lbs. of dissolved oxygen per pound of influent BOD, and as much 4 lbs. of … 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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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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LRAS™ Advanced Lagoon Treatment Expands Capacity: A Case Study

Lagoons are a popular method of wastewater treatment for smaller municipalities—they are energy-efficient, easy to operate, and low maintenance. However, when a lagoon system reaches capacity or underperforms, sometimes the immediate reaction is to replace it with a mechanical plant, … Continue reading



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What color is your wastewater lagoon?

What water and algae colors reveal about your wastewater lagoon’s health Although regular and accurate sampling is critical for wastewater lagoon operators, you can tell a lot about a lagoon’s health and the quality of treatment you’re getting with a … Continue reading



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