Using Diagnostic Lab Analysis to Assist in Wastewater Plant Operation

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Understanding how to effectively work with a commercial lab can help save an operators' time and provide a better understanding on how to operate a wastewater treatment system. This presentation will cover why working with a commercial lab is beneficial to wastewater operators, what types of commercial lab services are available and how some of these lab services can be used to provide a better understanding of what is going on in your wastewater systems. This presentation will also briefly cover how information provided by a commercial lab can help to assist an operator in making operational changes. 


Dan McKeaton is an environmental chemist who performs research, customer support, and sample analysis at AQUAFIX. McKeaton has been working in this field since 2014, and has performed microscopic analysis for hundreds of different wastewater treatment plants and provides operational recommendations to operators based on these observations. He also manages research projects to address difficult-to-solve problems for wastewater operators. 

Glenn Smeaton has worked with water treatment and wastewater treatment plant operators for over 40 years. In addition to his college degree, he has received extensive on-the-job training and special courses by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Wisconsin Vocational and Adult Education system. He has also learned much from the operators he has worked with. He earned the Koby Crabtree Award for exceptional technical support and expertise in the wastewater field.

AQUAFIX provides commercial lab services to wastewater plants and specializes in microscopic analysis and aerobic treatability studies. Aquafix also develops products designed to promote healthy bacterial populations in wastewater systems.

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