Nutrient removal is one of the most pressing challenges facing lagoon operators. In this episode of Lagoons Do It Better TV, lagoon specialists Patrick Hill and Tom Daugherty discuss why lagoon phosphorus is being regulated and the methods available to meet increasingly stringent phosphorus effluent limits.
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 what the ratio of lagoon TSS to BOD5 in final effluent reveals about the source of suspended solids issues, and what can be done to correct it. Continue reading →
Spring is in the air, and for some wastewater lagoons, that means foul odors are in the air, too. Google “spring lagoon stench” and you’ll see articles from local newspapers across the country, each reassuring readers that the foul lagoon odors they experience every spring are “normal” and will soon pass. While spring lagoon stench may be normal, is it inevitable, or can it be prevented?
In this short article, we’ll discuss the causes of spring lagoon odors and what can be done to prevent them. Continue reading →
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, lagoon specialists Brady O’Leary and Patrick Hill discuss what causes sludge and how lagoon sludge impacts treatment.
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Lagoon expert Steve Harris of H&S Environmental will be in Missouri and Iowa this May, presenting intensive, two-day, hands-on lagoon optimization workshops. Designed for lagoon operators, owners, and engineers, these workshops provide practical information and case studies that will help you to evaluate your current system, maximize treatment, reduce costs, and ensure compliance now and in the future. Continue reading →
In a previous blog post and its accompanying YouTube video, we presented 6 Key Factors that contribute to lagoon ammonia removal. In this followup, Brady and Patrick evaluate four popular options for lagoon ammonia removal and highlight the pros and cons of each.
Lagoons Do It Better is our belief, our motto, and our mission. In the following brief video, Patrick and Brady detail what we at Triplepoint mean when we say “Lagoons Do It Better,” and why we say it.
Strategies for removing lagoon ammonia have become a hot topic over the past few years. Many state environmental agencies have been introducing new ammonia limits for wastewater facilities, including lagoons. This is a problem because most wastewater lagoon systems were not originally designed for ammonia treatment; as a result, most will require some kind of upgrade.
Nitrification is the most common way to biologically remove ammonia in wastewater lagoons. In this process, ammonia treatment occurs courtesy of bacteria already present in the water. These bacteria break down the ammonia and eventually promote the release of nitrogen gas into the atmosphere. The end result is that your wastewater lagoon ammonia is nitrified, resulting in lower ammonia levels in your effluent.
Lagoon aeration can account for over 50 percent of energy costs, so efficiency is an important consideration in choosing aeration equipment and designing a system. In this episode of Lagoons Do It Better TV: Lagoon Aeration 101, our own Patrick Hill and Brady O’Leary give you the lowdown on different measures of efficiency, like SOTE and SAE. They highlight the importance of mixing in aeration and compare various technologies, namely fine and coarse bubble submerged aerators, surface aerators, and Triplepoint’s MARS aerator, in terms of oxygen transfer efficiency and O&M requirements.
Fruit processing wastewater is challenging to treat due to the seasonal nature of the industry and widely variable flows and loadings, with influent BOD levels much higher than typical municipal influent. Treated effluent, instead of being discharged, can be stored and used for crop irrigation, reducing the cost of external water sources.
This video case study shows how Triplepoint’s MARS aeration allows an industrial fruit processor to store their wastewater odor-free for beneficial reuse in irrigation. Continue reading →
It’s our belief, our motto, and our mission. Lagoons provide reliable, cost-effective, low maintenance wastewater treatment, and should be reinvented, not replaced. We’ve dedicated our 30+ years of lagoon engineering expertise to innovating technologies that leverage existing infrastructure while minimizing capital expense. Our cutting-edge lagoon process solutions include efficient lagoon aeration and mixing, cold weather ammonia-nitrogen removal, advanced lagoon treatment, and tertiary phosphorus removal.