I often get this question. If you believe that a microbe is a microbe - then it should work perfectly. You could truck in sludge from a municipal plant and it would work perfectly for building biomass in a refinery. Of course we all know it is not that simple. To answer the title question, adding sludge can help but it all depends on your expectations and treatment needs.
To more fully answer the question, we need to look at wastewater microbiology and the nature of Mixed Liquor Suspended Solids (MLSS). As I like bullet points, here it is:
Bioaugmentation includes adding cultures screened for growth in the system. The resulting product is highly concentrated with respect to active microbial fraction. How we use it with adding MLSS from nearby plants is based on evaluation and experience. Here are the situations:
Erik Rumbaugh has been involved in biological waste treatment for over 20 years. He has worked with industrial and municipal wastewater facilities to ensure optimal performance of their treatment systems. He is a founder of Aster Bio (www.asterbio.com) specializing in biological waste treatment.
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