Phosphorus Reduction in Wastewater Treatment

August 27, 2018

Phosphorus, usually in the form of phosphates, originates from sources such as human and animal waste, detergents and food residues. Food and beverage processing plants will very often have phosphate inputs from all of these sources.

Wastewater treatment systems that are commonly used in the food and beverage industry typically manage to reduce biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and nitrogen effectively, but very often are not as effective at reducing phosphorus to acceptable levels.
In order to protect the environment, industrial wastewater treatment plants are tasked with reducing the levels of contaminants including phosphorus, so that the treated effluent meets environmental standards before it is discharged into a local water body.
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