Biological domestic wastewater treatment system
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Transportation and storage
Before placing the wwtp on the vehicle, make sure that there are no sharp bulges which could damage the plant. In most cases plant is transported in a vertical position, conical part upwards and placing a inspection manhole on it. Also it is possible to transport the plant in a horizontal position. To avoid various damages during transportation plant should be securely fastened. For fastening use GRP, nylon or other non-metallic belts.
During storage the plant must be protected from damage and third parties, and store the plant on the flat and stable surface, conical part upwards.
Preparations for construction work
Before starting the construction works, you will need following material and tools / machinery:
- good quality adhesive-sealant (eg., Wurth Bond+Seal),
- joint-pins M4x30 A2 or stainless steel screws DIN7337 M4x35 A2,
- backfill: light soil (3-20 mm size sand or gravel),
- PVC sewer pipes of required diameter,
- PVC pipes or hose for air supply of required diameter,
- electrical cable 3 x 1,5 kW, 220 V (in case when the air blower is installed outside next to the plant),
- cable protection hose (in case when the air blower is installed outside next to the plant),
- shovels, mini excavator bucket,
- personal protective equipment (vest, gloves, helmet etc.).
Also water supply is necessary in construction site.
The location where the plant will be installed should be selected as described in the technical project. If technical project is not available, the location shall be selected in accordance with Construction Technical Regulations. The plant shall be installed in location where the sludge suction vehicle can easily service it. Also, do not install the plant in a place where the rain- and snow water accumulates.
Groundworks and installation
Groundworks should be carried out in accordance with Construction Technical Regulations and technical project.
The excavation shall be excavated in two stages:
- The excavation is dig up by the excavator up to 20–30 cm of the altitude of the bed of excavation.
- The last 20–30 cm of ground shall be excavated manually, in order the plant will rest on the untouched ground.
Backfill of excavation
- Low the plant into the excavation. Use lifting belts and an excavator bucket. Fasten the belts to the anchors (handles).
NOTE: The excavation must remain dry. When groundwater level is high, use a pump to remove the water from the excavation.
- Backfill, i. e. light soil shall be compacted with water and / or using the soil compactor. It is prohibited to use different ground for backfill (eg., clay, construction waste, etc.)!!! At this stage it is necessary to ensure the level of the plant. Use a spirit level.
- Join the plant with manhole. It is necessary to ensure watertightness. Use good quality adhesive-sealant and joint-pins or stainless steel screws. Distance between screws is about 15 cm. Join the manhole with the inspection lid too.
- Fill the tank with water, and the excavation with the backfill by equal 20–30 cm levels.
- Connect PVC sewer pipes to the inlet and outlet sleeves. The slope of the pipe should be 1-2 cm/m. Pipeline must be laid on the natural soil. Materials such as gravel, sand can be used for the base of pipeline.
- Finish the backfilling up to designed altitude. For the upper layer of soil (20–30 cm) use compost. The upper layer of ground around the plant should be 5–10 cm higher than local area surface. Seed with the grass.
The maximum allowable distance between the air blower and plant can be 8–10 meters. So, there are two possibilities to install the air blower:
- Indoor in non-living premises, where the distance between the house and the plant is up to 10 meters. Do not install the air blower in the living rooms, because the noise at the night time can be frustrating, also in dusty and humid places, because the lives of the diaphragms and valves may be shortened due to less suction air through easily blocked filter. When installing the air blower indoor, take care that it is well ventilated. The ambient temperature cannot exceed + 40 ºC. The air blower installed indoor should not touch the walls, because it can lead to increased noise and vibration. The air supply pipeline must as short and straighter as possible. Underground air supply pipe should be installed with a slight slope toward the plant in order to prevent the condensation in the system. Avoid steep angles and bends in order to reduce the losses of air pressure.
- Air blower is outside next to the plant, where distance between the house and plant is more than 10 meters. In this case the air blower must be protected from rain or snow waters, so:
- use special box produced by Feliksnavis, UAB,
- do not install the box in a place where the rain- and snow water accumulates. Connect PE fitting which is located on the outer frame of plant with PE fitting which is located on the outer frame of box. Air supply pipe should be installed with a slight slope toward the plant in order to prevent the condensation in the system. Use underground pipe or hose made of PVC or other plastics. Also lay the underground electrical conduit cable to the electrical connection of the box.
Installation under vehicular traffic loading
When the plant has to be installed under low intensity vehicular traffic (vehicular loading under 1.5 tones), it is necessary to protect it from vehicle load. In this case it is necessary to install reinforced concrete plates. The plate should be mounted on the poles. The concrete plate cannot be bedded down on the plant; at least 5–10 cm of backfill shall be between the plate and plant. The size of plate is calculated by a designer (constructor) individually in each case, because it depends on vehicle weight and intensity.
The plant to be installed under vehicular traffic is equipped with extension shaft. 1 meter standard diameter is reduced to 0.6 meters. You can install plastic or cast iron sewer cover on top of it.
Installation at high groundwater level
When the plant has to be installed in wet ground, where groundwater level is less than 2.5 meters from the ground surface, it should be anchored to reinforced concrete base or placed into well-sealed reinforced concrete rings. The force affecting the plant is specified in Table # 03 (page 14).
The size of reinforced concrete base shall be not less than the diameter of the plant at its widest point, thickness – not less than 20 cm. The plant cannot be supported directly to the concrete base. Make a 100-200 mm layer of backfill. In case if customer ignores this note, the manufacturer is not responsible for long-term physical or mechanical forces which can deform the plant.
Wastewater treatment plant can be started-up by the owner. There are two options to start-up it:
- Natural grow up. With this option microorganisms (i.e. activated sludge) have to grow up in wastewater treatment plant naturally. During installation works the plant had to be filled with water, the air blower connected to the plant, and electric power connected to the air blower. Switch on the air blower. You should observe turbulence (bubbles) in central chamber. The aeration process is starts. Within first week of operation supply wastewater into plant only in urgent cases (i.e. WC, shower). Within first month of the operation limit the quantity of household chemicals; use washing machine and/or dishwasher only if it necessary. I.e. during first month of operation the wastewater treatment plant shall receive more organic matter (WC, shower, sink) and less chemicals and large amount of water. From second month of operation the plant can be fully loaded without limiting ourselves in household.
This option is the best when the average day temperature is no less than +10 ºC and at night time no less than 0 ºC, because cold season is not a good time for reproduction and decompose of microorganisms.
- Bringing activated sludge. Switch the air blower on and aerate the plant for one day. Next day pour the activated sludge from a properly operating biological wastewater treatment plant: the amount of sludge – 5–10 % of the volume of the plant (see Technical parameters), concentration 4–6 g/l. Aerate the plant all next day. After this procedure you can supply wastewater into plant without limiting ourselves in household.
This option can be performed at any time of the year.
To maintain efficient daily operation of the plant, the following should be noted. Operating the plant is FORBIDDET TO:
- Pour bacteria and other bio preparations (eg.: Septic Gobbler, Toilet Gobbler, BioActive, Bio 7 Fosses ). Such bacteria are intended for sewage or septic tanks, other anaerobic systems to eliminate the odour and decompose organic matter.
- Discharge from water softeners (i.e. regeneration process wastewater) into the plant as the salts will significantly reduce the efficiency of wastewater treatment. In this case it is necessary to provide a separate drainage pipeline for process wastewater, bypassing the plant.
- Discharge from condensing boilers.
- Connect swimming pools, hot tubs etc. A large amount of water can wash the activated sludge from the system, and chlorine may affect the quality of the activated sludge.
- Connect surface run-off, rainwater. Surface/rainwater should always be discharged to a rain drainage.
- Put down to the toilet hygienic products, such as paper towels, sanitary pads, tampons, cotton pads, cotton swabs, diapers, wet wipes, rubber products (gloves, condoms) and other non-biodegradable waste.
- Put down or pour to the toilet, sink or the plant itself the waste, which can block the pipes and/or all system, eg., cat litter, cigarette butts, garden chemicals and paints, automotive oil filters and engine oil, medical drugs, construction waste, sand, gravel etc.
- Pour large quantity of oil and fat from fryers or pans. The allowable quantity of grease is the quantity remaining on the dishes and during the dish washing.
- Even when the plant is not in use, it cannot be left empty! Ground pressure may affect the empty plant from outside, so it always must be filled with water.
Operating the plant is RECOMMENDED TO:
- Limit chemical disinfectants which contain chlorine or active oxygen. Such disinfectants are marked with symbols Health hazard and Toxic.
- Avoid a laundry day, and spread laundry through the week.
- Do not exceed the doses of household chemicals and use it as subscribed on the package.
- Use the same household cleaning chemicals, as the activated sludge will work more efficiently with familiar products.
Only the owner is responsible for the proper use of wastewater treatment plant!
The waste (excess sludge) formed during the treatment of domestic wastewater must be disposed in a proper and environmentally safe way. How to determine when is the time to eliminate the excess sludge? You can perform a simple test: use clear container (eg. a jar) and take a sample of sludge and water mixture from the air tank. Allow sludge to settle for about 30 min. The sludge may occupy up to 60% of the volume. When the volume of the sludge reaches 60 percent or more, it is time for de-sludging.
De-sludging must be performed by authorised service companies. Switch off the air blower for 2–3 hours, sludge will settle. Open an inspection lid, unscrew air supply pipe, and take it out from the plant, wash the rubber diffuser. De-sludging procedure will be carried out by the pump of the sludge suction vehicle.
NOTE! De-sludging must be carried out from the bottom of the plant! The sludge suction vehicle’s pumping hose must be lowered into sludge removal pipe to the very bottom.
It is recommended to perform full de-sludging of the plant. After de-sludging the start-up is carried out as described in the chapter START-UP.
The quantity of accumulated excess sludge depends on wastewater and organic pollution loading. Each plant has its own individual load. The pollution loading and recommended frequency of de-sludging are specified in Table # 03 (page 14).
Air blower maintenance
The efficiency of wastewater treatment depends on proper operation of the air blower, so it is very important to ensure a proper operation of it. Occasionally check whether the air blower is operating normally: is it making abnormal noise or vibrations, is the temperature abnormally high etc. It is necessary to clean the filter element once every 3 months:
- Undo the truss head screw.
- Remove the filter cover.
- Slap down dust by hand. If it is heavily contaminated, wash it by using neutral detergent. Then rinse and let it dry in the air.
- Reassemble the filter element back in place.
- Secure the filter cover with truss head screw.
Prior to maintenance servicing, pull off the power cord. Do not use benzene or solvents to clean the filter element as it can damage it. More information about maintenance, possible failures etc. is described in the User manual of air blower. Please read it carefully!
Biological wastewater treatment plants FEL meet requirements of standard EN 12566-3+A2:2013 Small wastewater treatment systems for up to 50 PT - Part 3: Packaged and/or site assembled domestic wastewater treatment plants and Construction Product Regulation (CPR) No. 305/2011.
Biological wastewater treatment plants were tested in SZU Engineering Test Institute (Brno, Czech Republic).
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The FEL plant consists of aeration chamber, secondary settler and air supply system (air blower and diffuser). The influent from the house first enters the aeration chamber. Its centre is equipped with small bubble diffuser. The supplied compressed air oxidizes organic pollutants. The circulation of activated sludge and pollutants takes place in aeration chamber. After start-up and a certain period of time bio-skin formed on the bio-load. When the circulating flow goes down, the concentration of the dissolved oxygen decreases, the bio-skin develop not only the processes of decomposing of organic pollutions, but also the processes of nitrification (an oxidation process of ammonia to nitrate) and denitrification (oxygen consumption from nitrates and nitrites). As a result, nitrogen concentration in the treated waste water is reduced. So, due to all these processes the treatment of wastewater takes place. Then treated wastewater and sludge fall into secondary settler. The separation process takes place: the sludge separated (precipitated) from wastewater. Then treated wastewater is carried over the scum baffle to the duct and goes out from the plant.
Biologically treated domestic wastewater is not harmful to the environment, so it can be discharged into flowing water bodies (rivers, canals, ditches). In absence of such possibility the treated wastewater can be discharged into the ground. Also it may be collected and used as technical water (lawn watering, car washing etc.).