Advanced Control Techniques Enhance Biological Phosphorus Removal and Save Significant Operating Costs

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A Danish wastewater treatment facility was faced with increasing chemical costs to reduce phosphorus levels in their discharge, and its existing real-time process control approach left much room for improvement. The facility turned to AQUAVISTA Plant as a replacement of its old real-time control system, with excellent results. The facility could now enhance the biological phosphorus removal without dedicated anaerobic selector zones, resulting in substantial savings in addition to other benefits.  

Presenters: Mark Drake, Product Manager for Veolia Water Technologies (d/b/a Kruger)

Louis Larsen, Project Engeineer, Krueger A/S

Mark has been a water professional for over 20 years. He obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with an Environmental Emphasis from Iowa State University. Mark has held PE designations in WI and NC and became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2008. Mark has been part of the Veolia team since 2010 as the Product Manager for Biological Products and as Product Champion for the AQUAVISTA line of digital solutions. Mark is also very active in the NC AWWA-WEA, where he currently serves as both Schools Council Chair and as the Chair of the Wastewater Operators School Committee, and he also teaches several classes for treatment facility operators. 

Louis is a project engineer in charge of business development and implementation of aquifers in plants globally. He is a Cornell University graduate who has been with the company for four years.

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