No matter how much we try to segregate storm water from true waste water, heavy rains create increase flows to wastewater systems. Storm water should often be treated when it contains hydrocarbons, fertilizer and other components of runoff; but in the case of floods - we are talking about high volume, low COD/BOD waste. In a worse case scenario, influent flow increases to a level where a substantial portion of the microbial biomass is washed into the effluent. Below I will give the options on how to prevent or quickly correct this problem:
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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