Newsletter - Wastewater Bioaugmentation

  • MDG
  • March 25, 2015

Advances in the Bioaugmentation Industry
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In recent years there has been a lot of science, research and successful case studies in which bioaugmentation, adding a culture of bacteria to the existing treatment process, has proven to be useful. We, at MDG, along with our distribution partners, continually look to help solve problems with the use of sound science, a trusted process that has given proven results.

Bioaugmentation Uses

  • Getting a plant back into operation after
    a major toxic upset.
  • Degrading difficult wastes including phenols,
    fuels, and long chain fatty acids.
  • Degrading organic acids and reducing odors.
  • Adding nitrifying bacteria in high populations to account
    for their slow natural growth rate.
  • Reducing Nocardioform and Microthrix bulking and foaming abundance through outcompeting them with
    FOG degrading bacteria.
    – MDG is currently seeking more case studies in this
    area for research and development.

No Magic Bugs
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It is important to remember that added cultures of bacteria, while potentially hardier than the existing biomass, still require proper operational conditions to grow. When placed in the proper environment, these organisms have no choice but to compete to the best of their ability.Many strains of bacteria that are included in bioaugmentation cultures do not compete well naturally in activated sludge. Eventually, they are outcompeted by other organisms in less stressful conditions. Problems often occur when the system is not rebalanced. When used properly, our products have great potential to fix those problems. MDG believes a program approach is the best way to solve problems and bring consistent results.