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Town of Sturbridge POTW

BioMag™ and CoMag™
Application Sturbridge, Massachusetts has capacity while meeting all permit
Extended historically suffered from periodic limits and achieving <10 mg/L
Aeration Activated blooms of filamentous bacteria that total Nitrogen and <0.2 mg/L total
Sludge have caused bulking in the secondary Phosphorus. As shown in the
clarifiers of their three activated sludge accompanying tables, BioMag™
Capacity package plants. The elevated clarifier exceeds all expectations.
Existing solids loadings during high flow events
0.75 MGD have often caused excessive BioMag™ Process Overview
Expansion To backwash cycle times of their sand
1.6 MGD filter, and occasional diversion of BioMag™ enhances biological
excess flow to a neighboring POTW. wastewater treatment processes
Trial Period The Town’s need for additional by using magnetite to ballast
November 2007 treatment capacity in a highly biological floc. With a specific
To May 2008 constricted footprint, coupled with gravity of 5.2 and a strong affinity
tighter permit limits for BOD, TSS, for biological solids, magnetite
Full Scale total nitrogen and phosphorus, created substantially increases the
Construction to the need to upgrade the wastewater settling rate of the biomass.
Start Summer treatment plant. Increasing settling rates of the
2009 biological floc provides the
The Town’s initial solution was to opportunity to increase mixed
Location install a membrane bioreactor (MBR) liquor suspended solids (MLSS)
Sturbridge, to achieve the required limits on concentration. Higher MLSS
Massachusetts contaminant removal and deliver the concentration enables the
additional capacity needed without treatment of increased hydraulic
expanding the footprint of the plant. flows or surges and loadings, all
within the same tankage.
Faced with the high capital and BioMag™ is a perfect application
operating costs of the MBR solution, for activated sludge plants
the Town agreed to pilot CWT’s
innovative BioMag™ technology on
one of its three activated sludge trains.
The primary goals of the trial was to
demonstrate that BioMag™ is a cost
effective alternative to MBRs, and that
converting the activated sludge
system to BioMag™ would increase
the overall plant capacity from 0.75
MGD to 1.6 MGD without adding Magnetite Ballast Impregnates
additional bioreactor or clarifier Biological Floc

810 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139 ● 617.871.1353 ●

the installed cost of an expanded sand filter would be greater than that of a smaller and Sturbridge Adds CoMag™ higher performing CoMag™ system. CWT successfully demonstrated that than MBR technology.000 Total Nitrogen <5 mg/l 2.155 MGD 0.05 mg/l 12/24 1/13 2/2 2/22 3/13 4/2 Turbidity <0.000 TSS <5 mg/l NH3-N ND 4.2 Original Design Flow = 0.5 0.4 Future Design Flow = 0. Cambridge. 02139 ● 617.000 BOD5 <2 mg/l 6.cambridgewatertech.1353 Sales@Cambridgewatertech. BioMag MLSS Concentration Performance Results 14.000 mg/l Clarifier Solids Loading >90 lb/day-ft2 10.6 0.1 0.000 12. MGD 0.3 0. plugging or Phosphorus limits coupled with a desire to backwashing. and CWT’s process guarantee have a reliable tertiary treatment system to of <0. mg/L 8.5 NTU Date Flow to BioMag Train 0.000 MLSS >10.1 mg/l 0 Ortho Phosphate < SVI <40 ml/g Conc. The advantages of a smaller foot print. no losses of Concerned by the expected tightening of productivity to clogging. the Town initially focused on the deal. needing more treatment capacity or enhanced expanding their conventional media filtration nutrient removal capability.871..05 mg/L of effluent phosphorus sealed follow BioMag™.com . Massachusetts. at a cost far less ●www.36 MGD Flow. 810 Memorial Drive.0 12/24 1/3 1/13 1/23 2/2 2/12 2/22 3/3 3/13 3/23 4/2 Date To learn more about the Sturbridge Trial and how CWT can help solve your water and wastewater treatment challenges contact Bob Backman in our Cambridge office at 617-871-1353 x114 or email Bob at rbackman@cambridgewatertech.000 Total Phosphorus <0.