What could be more idyllic than a gentle lagoon nestled along the coastline? Unfortunately, not all lagoons are clean, naturally occurring water bodies that can be used as the setting of a romantic scene or as the locale for a pirate’s sunken treasure. Indeed, some lagoons are formed in order to contain wastewater so that they don’t contaminate the larger body of water. This leaves the responsible parties with a choice. Should the wastewater in the lagoon be treated, or should it be removed?
Excess sludge accumulation is a problem in wastewater lagoons around the world. Treating that water can prove to be a difficult challenge. Not only will this excess sludge lead to higher effluent levels of BOD, TSS< and ammonia, it can also lead to unpleasant odors that are detrimental to the workers and the surrounding neighbors. It can create an environmental challenge and a public relations nightmare for the community. Unfortunately, removing sludge once it has settled to the bottom of the lagoon is both time consuming and expensive. Instead, treatment is often the efficient and preferred option.
Aerating the lagoon is the first step in the treatment process. There needs to be ample oxygen, and the mixing system must provide a thorough and complete mixing process. This ensures that the sludge won’t keep building up over time. This mixing and aerating allows natural bacteria to break the sludge town aerobically, which is much faster and cleaner.
Komax offers a number of static mixers for wastewater treatment. These tools can be used in the infusion of oxygen and also in the mixing process that’s used to infuse the oxygen into the wastewater. Contact Komax to learn which mixer can best help clean the sludge out of that lagoon.