Most-Viewed Lagoon Videos of 2018 from Triplepoint’s You Tube Channels


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Our previous blog highlights our most popular wastewater lagoon topics of 2018. Here you’ll find last year’s Top 10 most-viewed lagoon videos from our YouTube channels. Our TriplepointWater channel features case studies and product information. On our Lagoons Do It Better channel you’ll find educational videos and webinars on topics of interest to lagoon operators and engineers, plus interviews with industry experts. Subscribe to both and you’ll be first to know when we post something new! Continue reading

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Most Popular Lagoon Topics of 2018 from Triplepoint’s Blog

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Now that 2018 is coming to a close, let’s take a look back and see which lagoon topics resonated with our blog readers this year.

Lagoon Ammonia

Summer Ammonia Removal: Optimizing Warm-Weather Nitrification

summer ammonia removalSummer ammonia removal via nitrification is less of a challenge for lagoons than cold weather ammonia removal, as nitrifying bacteria are temperature sensitive and thrive in warmer water. The interplay between algae and bacteria, dissolved oxygen, pH, and temperature determines the pathway and rate of nitrification. Watch our video, 6 Key Factors for Nitrification, then read below for tips on how a lagoon can be optimized for summer ammonia removal. Continue reading…

Lagoon Odor

Wastewater Lagoon Odor Control for Spring Turnover

wastewater lagoon odor controlUnmixed lagoons turn over in the spring, so it’s also when operators (and local residents) are concerned about wastewater lagoon odor control. Although spring lagoon turnover and its accompanying odors may be normal and expected, that doesn’t mean they are tolerated. Here we explain what causes lagoons to turn over and what can be done to mitigate odor issues. Read more…

Smelly Lagoon? Diagnosing and Correcting Lagoon Odors

Smelly lagoons have created the perception that wastewater lagoons don’t work and should be replaced with mechanical plants. Triplepoint HQ is six miles as the crow flies from the Stickney (aka “Stinkney”) Water Reclamation District, which serves the Chicago area and is the world’s largest wastewater treatment plant. Our coworkers who live a little closer to the facility can tell you on certain days when the wind is blowing the wrong way, treatment plants smell! A properly functioning lagoon is for the most part free of objectionable odors; in fact, a smelly lagoon is announcing that it’s not working optimally.

In this video, Triplepoint’s Patrick Hill describes lagoon odors and what they mean and shares some options for correcting the conditions that cause odor. Watch the video and read below for highlights. Continue reading…

 

Lagoon Aeration and Optimization

Lagoon surface aerator: “A self-destructing piece of equipment”

lagoon surface aeratorThe winter of 2017–18 is already one for the books, with record cold temperatures in the Midwest and eastern U.S., and snow as far south as Florida. So far, most of the western U.S. has enjoyed relatively mild conditions, but there’s still a couple of months of winter left to go.

In a previous blog, Is Your Wastewater Lagoon Ready for Winter? Prepping for Cold Temperatures, we described the effect of cold temperatures on biological processes. In this article, we’ll discuss the downside of lagoon surface aerators, which are particularly vulnerable to freezing temperatures. Continue reading..,

Aerated Lagoon Optimization to Reduce Energy Consumption

lagoon topicsEnergy costs for aeration represent the largest expense for a wastewater lagoon facility, so any increase in efficiency directly improves the bottom line. Since aeration systems are designed to be efficient at the lagoon’s full design capacity, they can be inefficient and wasteful at actual flow and BOD levels. In this article, we’ll outline why a lagoon facility can end up significantly overbuilt, and present methods of aerated lagoon optimization to save energy costs. Continue reading…

Lagoon Aeration System Design: Calculations and Common Pitfalls


To ensure wastewater treatment objectives are met, a lagoon aeration system design must be customized for its specific application.

In this video, Patrick Hill outlines the facility details we use to calculate aeration requirements and customize a lagoon aeration system design. He’ll also review common pitfalls and often-overlooked factors that can result in insufficient treatment. Watch the video on our Triplepoint You Tube channel and read on for highlights.

Lagoon Hydraulics: Diagnosing and Preventing Short-Circuiting


“Short-circuiting is the greatest deterrent to consistent pond performance. The importance of the hydraulic design of a pond system cannot be overemphasized.” That’s a quote from the EPA’s lagoon manual, Principles of Design and Operations of Wastewater Treatment Pond Systems for Plant Operators, Engineers, and Managers.

Short-circuiting occurs when wastewater flows through the lagoon unevenly, allowing some of the influent to take a short cut through the cell and bypass the treatment process. Since adequate retention time is critical to lagoon treatment, anything that shortens retention time can result in high BOD and TSS in effluent. In this article, we’ll describe the ways lagoon hydraulics can contribute to short-circuiting, how to diagnose it, and how it can be prevented. Continue reading…

Other Lagoon Topics

Land Application of Lagoon Effluent: Pros and Cons


Land application is the most common disposal method for treated wastewater in the U.S., and the preferred method in many states. Land applying effluent can reduce demand for fresh water, provide nutrients to soil, and keep potential contaminants out of waterways. For lagoons, it may also be a way to avoid having to meet ammonia discharge limits. Watch our video on the pros and cons of land application for lagoon effluent and read on for highlights.

Frac Ponds: Treating Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater for Reuse

frac pondsHydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of injecting pressurized water, chemicals, and sand into the ground to extract shale oil and natural gas. While fracking has transformed energy production in the U.S., it requires a lot of water and thus creates a lot of wastewater, which must be treated and disposed of safely. In this video interview, Triplepoint’s resident expert, western regional manager Tom Daugherty, gives the lowdown on fracking wastewater and how frac ponds can be economically upgraded with MARS aeration. Read on for highlights and links to more information.

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 to revisit the topic—what duckweed is and what it does, and review some methods of duckweed control. Continue reading…

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Diagnosing and Correcting Nutrient Deficiency in Industrial Lagoons

Nutrient deficiency, or the lack of sufficient levels of ammonia and phosphorus, can prevent an industrial wastewater lagoon from removing BOD adequately. In this episode of LDIB-TV, our own Julie Hartwig explains how to diagnose and correct industrial lagoon nutrient deficiency.

This video is the first presented by Julie Hartwig, Triplepoint’s Regional Sales Manager for eastern and southern states. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and recently earned her master’s in Environmental Engineering from Penn State. Formerly a water and wastewater treatment rep for a major water technology company, Julie has extensive experience working with industrial manufacturing and food & beverage facilities. Watch the video and read on for highlights. Continue reading

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Winter Lagoon Optimization: Preparing for Cold Weather

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Water temperature affects virtually every aspect of wastewater lagoon performance. As lagoon expert Steve Harris states in his operators’ guide, Wastewater Lagoon Troubleshooting, “Water temperature is a reliable predictor of water quality and can aid the operator in preparing for changes in pond performance.” In this article, we’ll review the effects of cold temperatures on a lagoon and highlight methods of winter lagoon optimization. Continue reading

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Lagoon Aeration Retrofit: A Video Lagoon Case Study

A lagoon aeration retrofit can improve treatment and save thousands of dollars in energy, operations, and maintenance costs. Replacing a coarse bubble aeration system with MARS aeration maintains the mixing performance of coarse bubbles and combines it with fine bubble oxygen transfer efficiency to maximize lagoon treatment.

Because MARS aerators are portable, the retrofit can be completed with minimal operational disruption and leverage the existing blower and header infrastructure. La Grande, Oregon, installed a MARS aeration system in just two days and got their system back in compliance.

Watch our video case study and read below for highlights. Continue reading

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Efficient Lagoon Aeration: The AeroHub Fine Bubble Lagoon Aerator

aerohub lagoon aerator

Fine bubble aeration is a popular method of lagoon-based wastewater treatment due to its superior oxygen transfer efficiency. Our MARS aerator adds a coarse bubble static tube to fine bubble diffusers to combine that oxygenation efficiency with turbulent mixing.

Sometimes, though, lagoon mixing isn’t necessary or desirable. For that reason we’ve developed the AeroHub Fine Bubble Lagoon Aerator, an efficient fine bubble only aerator that provides the benefits of fine bubble lagoon aeration while eliminating many of its drawbacks.

Read on to learn the benefits of fine bubble lagoon aeration and how to determine when the AeroHub is the best aeration technology for a particular application. Continue reading

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Preventing Fall Lagoon Odor Caused by Seasonal Turnover

fall lagoon odorOctober is here—time for football, apple cider, falling leaves, and seasonal lagoon turnover. Although less extreme than the spring transition, autumn’s cooler temperatures cause destratification and may trigger lagoon turnover and corresponding odors. In this short article, we’ll talk about the causes of fall lagoon odor and how to prevent it. Continue reading

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Lagoons Do It Better: Learn How at WEFTEC 2018 Booth #1217

weftec 2018We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at WEFTEC 2018 in a couple of weeks. We’ll be in Booth #1217 in Hall B2. Click on the banner at right and use our promo code, EVITES449, for a free expo registration. Stop by and let us demonstrate how Triplepoint can help your Lagoons Do It Better.

We’re eager to show you what we’ve been up to and hear from you what’s going on in your area. Nutrient removal is still the most pressing challenge for many wastewater lagoons, so we’ve developed solutions to meet more stringent permit limits within your existing lagoon system without breaking the bank. Continue reading

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Replacing Fine Bubble Lagoon Aeration: A Video Case Study

Fine bubble aeration is a popular method of wastewater lagoon treatment. A fine bubble lagoon aeration system is installed at the bottom and releases tiny bubbles that slowly rise to the surface of the water. Because the bubbles are so small, they rise relatively slowly and have a very large surface area, which maximizes oxygen transfer. But while fine bubble lagoon aeration provides excellent oxygen transfer efficiency, it’s not very good at providing mixing, which can lead to sludge buildup and insufficient treatment.

Our latest video case study takes a look at the upgrade of the lagoon system in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, which replaced its inadequate fine bubble lagoon aeration system with MARS units. Watch the video and read on for more information. Continue reading

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Lagoon Aeration System Design: Calculations and Common Pitfalls

To ensure wastewater treatment objectives are met, a lagoon aeration system design must be customized for its specific application.

In this video, Patrick Hill outlines the facility details we use to calculate aeration requirements and customize a lagoon aeration system design. He’ll also review common pitfalls and often-overlooked factors that can result in insufficient treatment. Watch the video on our Triplepoint You Tube channel and read below for highlights.

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