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Advanced Wastewater Microbiology Filamentous Bacteria Identification – Online class


Advanced Wastewater Microbiology Filamentous Bacteria Identification – Online class

Date: August 21st, 2014 – 11am – 1.30 pm (PT),  1 – 3.30 pm (CT) 2- 4.30 pm ET

Ryan Hennessy picturePresenter: CV Ryan Hennessy

Technical Service Specialist for Microbial Discovery Group located in Franklin, WI. Involved in wastewater microscopic analysis, ATP analysis, bio screening, and other laboratory analysis in addition to training, research, and presentations for clients and wastewater associations within the US and internationally.

Fee: $35 – payment can be made using any major credit card via PayPal
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fbTopic: applying microscopic findings for process control and troubleshooting.

Target audience: more experienced operators, superintendents, regulatory agencies, engineering/chemical companies

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This class has been approved for CEU Credit by the State of Wisconsin.



What Process are using to monitor your sludge inventory and why?

I personally prefer to use sludge age: Inventory in system/ inventory leaving system per day. If there is a high amount of inventory in the final clarifiers this should also be included in the system. If TSS lost to the effluent is significant this should  be included in addition to the mass amount of sludge wasted from the system.

While using sludge age, also track and monitor other things such as SVI, F/M ratio, MLSS concentration, and effluent performance. Every couple sludge cycles or more often if there is a lot of variability, an advanced microscopic evaluation evaluating floc structure, filament abundance, protozoa and metazoan, type of filamentous etc. is useful to see which direction things are going, and identify the cause for any changes in the above parameters. Knowing what the plant looks like under the scope during “good conditions” is very useful because it provides a great baseline for troubleshooting when and if the time comes.

best regards,
Ryan Hennessy