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Before we walk through how to help your customers optimize their WAS holding systems, it's important to understand how they work.

How does a WAS Holding System work?

Waste Activated Sludge (WAS) holding systems are a common part of operations in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). A WAS holding system, typically in the form of a sludge tank or lagoon, holds sludge after it has been wasted or removed from a clarifier. WAS systems may have aeration and mixing to help digest more sludge before hauling. Some systems will only hold sludge until it's hauled away (liquid disposal), while others will concentrate the sludge by periodically allowing the sludge to settle and remove water from the top (decanting). After the sludge leaves the WAS holding system, it's dewatered through a sludge press and disposed of or hauled as liquid.

Getting to the Bottom of It

If you ask an operator if they have any pains or issues, they may say, “I don’t”. However, they may not know if they do if their system has consistently under-performed and it's always been that way. Typically, until they see a 20-50% reduction in sludge hauling along with reduced odor and labor costs, they may continue to think that everything's working as it should.

How a Superior Bioaugmentation Solution Can Optimize a WAS Holding System

Through the process of bioaugmentation, our Biotifx® microbial-based product line reduces the amount of sludge disposal needed, making the system more efficient and treatment more cost effective (Figure 1). The bacterial strains in Biotifx were scientifically selected for their ability to degrade a broad range of organic material, increase sludge digestion, homogenize the sludge composition to allow for better dewatering and improve settling.

Figure 1. Biotifx and WAS Holding System Economics Table

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As evident in this case study, Biotifx can help a facility save significantly on costs by reducing sludge disposal, labor, odors and chemical usage and improve the quality of life for operators. For more information about how to rollout our Biotifx program within your company and provide solutions for WAS holding systems and other key high-cost challenges, contact us and one of our wastewater experts will reach out to you. [post_title] => Optimizing WAS Holding Systems [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => optimize-was-treatment [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-09-21 10:29:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-09-21 15:29:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.mdgbio.com/?p=6083 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )
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Optimizing WAS Holding Systems

  • MDG
  • September 18, 2020
Before we walk through how to help your customers optimize their WAS holding systems, it's important to understand how they work. How does a WAS Holding System work? Waste Activated Sludge (WAS) holding systems are a common part of operations in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). A WAS holding system, typically in the form of a sludge tank or lagoon, holds sludge after it has been wasted or removed from a clarifier. WAS systems may have
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What’s Inside a Bio-Enzymatic Cleaner?

  • MDG
  • September 16, 2020
With environmentally friendly cleaners continuing to trend, more and more chemical manufacturers want to know – what’s inside a bio-enzymatic cleaner? In this article, we’ll walk through some of the common building blocks within formulations. Not all ingredients are essential for every product as it depends upon the application, but by understanding each element, you’ll know what you may want to request when discussing products
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Are You Offering a Bacillus RV Septic Treatment?

  • MDG
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With social distancing still the norm, outdoor activities like RV camping are providing much needed freedom from indoor seclusion. While campfires, cooking outdoors, hiking and going wherever the road takes you are everyone’s favorite – sleeping in an RV with a smelly toilet isn’t! As a cleaning solutions manufacturer and/or distributor, you may know that there are three main types of RV septic tank treatments on the market:
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Wastewater Treatment Mistakes You’ll Never Make Again

  • MDG
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When selling microbial products and programs, you’ll inevitably encounter a customer that says, “I’ve tried something like that before and it didn’t work”. This kind of experience often links back to one of four common mistakes that were made prior to or during treatment. In this guide, we’ll go over these mistakes and how you as a distributor can avoid making them by choosing a microbial solution and partner that gives you the
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Under the Microscope, MDG’s Safety Coordinator: JENNIFER PEZALL

  • MDG
  • August 4, 2020
MDG’s Lead Safety Coordinator, she protects the team from the unexpected. From raising awareness around key workplace accidents to researching the latest PPE, we all feel safer with Jennifer around! What drew you to Microbial Discovery Group? The company’s core mission to Feed, Clean and Save the world is what initially caught my interest. Once I walked through the doors, the tight-knit family feel and the desire from upper
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SporActiv® New Water-Soluble Film: Makes it Easy and Safe

  • MDG
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As more and more people are working remotely, their sewage and septic systems are being put to the test. We’ve written recent articles highlighting the potential for backups and the various items that shouldn't be making their ways into your septic tank. Good news, we’ve also touched on the strength of biological treatments. MDG manufactures pre-measured and easy-to-use septic tank pouches that work hard well after application to continue
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Are you over-preserving?

  • MDG
  • June 24, 2020
Many of us know what happens when you mistakenly under-preserve a biological product: the bottles start to bulge or suck-in (the latter can also be caused by fragrance issues), fungal growth starts to appear or it starts to have an unpleasant odor. But do you know what signs to look for if your product is over-preserved? There is usually one noticeable sign of an over-preserved product: the customers who were consistently using your product
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Bacillus Resilience to Oxidizers

  • MDG
  • June 18, 2020
For many of us, our day-to-day lives have changed quite a bit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. We learned how to work from home, physically distance, use Zoom, cook homemade meals and use lots and lots of sanitizers and disinfectants. With the increased usage of these powerful cleaning supplies and washing them down drains, wastewater facilities are challenged with keeping their system’s natural ecology in balance. In our
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Processing Probiotic Cultures

  • MDG
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  • MDG
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X marks the spot…of some purchasing confusion. A common misconception when comparing the pricing of three different 10X concentrate products is that the “X” in the product name represents the microbial concentration. The X actually represents the level of preservation – i.e. the level of dilution required to make a 1X product. To ensure you choose the optimal product for your business and compare "apples to apples", read on to learn
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