A Novel Method of Biological Start-up in Arak Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment Plant

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Managing Director of Markazi Province Water and Wastewater Company, Arak

2 Assistant Director of Engineering and Expansion of Markazi Province Water and Wastewater Company

3 Technical office manager of Markazi Province Water and Wastewater Company

4 Technical office Engineer of Markazi Province Water and Wastewater Company


Startup is one of the most important stages in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). In this paper, a novel method is presented for the startup of Arak Activated Sludge WWTP, which is shown to contain more advantages than other common methods. In this method, a portion of the inflow is initially allowed to enter gradually into an aeration basin prior to seeding. Under these conditions, less seeding is required due to the low flow of the influent and the low volume of the aeration basin. Once MLSS in the basin reaches the desired level, the rest of the system comes into operation and the sludge developed in the system is used for further seeding. In the case of the WWPT in Arak, it took about 2 months for the total MLSS to be developed and wasting the sludge to start because of the cold weather conditions in the region. The wasted sludge was controlled by the F/M ratio at a constant sludge age. During the start-up, the MLSS increase exhibited a linear trend and the low loading allowed for the variation in influent contaminants to be controlled. The effluent contaminants were below the standard levels recommended by the Environment Protection Organization. BOD5 and COD removals increased from 40% and 60% to 90% and TSS removal increased from 70% to 96%. Lower loading levels, better process control, and lower sludge processing costs are the benefits of this system


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