Microscopic Examination of Activated Sludge

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As your resource for defensible data, Alloway is constantly looking for ways to better serve our customers through new service offerings and enhanced capabilities. We are excited to announce our latest expansion in services: MICROSCOPY!

Microscopic examination is an essential part of process control in order to facilitate the stable operation of the activated sludge treatment process. The micro-organisms present in the activated sludge have a profound impact on the overall treatment process.

Preventative Maintenance

Monitoring the biomass of your activated sludge system is just as important as other routine chemical analyses. The micro-organisms in the biomass are powerful indicators of operational conditions and will often show symptoms of stress or toxicity days before the actual performance of BOD, Ammonia, or TSS removal deteriorates. Routine microscopic examinations can assist operators in foreseeing treatment issues before symptoms of underlying issues ever appear.

Don’t wait for your biomass composition to become problematic, maintain permit compliance through routine microscopic examination! 

Diagnosing Treatment Problems

Incorrect biomass composition directly corresponds with operational problems. One objective of activated sludge microscopy is to interpret process control problems so the operator is better able to generate solutions.

Simply identifying the symptoms of a problem does not necessarily point to the culprit. Take for example poor settleability; underlying issues could include a massive growth of filamentous micro-organisms, floc particles are too small, absence of protozoa, or dispersed bacterial growth.  Each of these issues could potentially have a different method of treatment, illustrating why identifying the real culprit is invaluable to getting your biomass back on the right track.

Whether used for preventative maintenance or diagnosing problems, microscopic examinations can provide valuable insight into the wastewater treatment process. Micro-organisms are the workhorses of activated sludge treatment, so it is important for operators to know the health of their sludge!   

To receive an example report, click on the link and complete the webform.

We offer a full report (as shown in the example that will be sent to you for review) and an abbreviated report that can be used for routine examinations.

Contact us at support@alloway.com if you would like a quote for this service.