As provided in the SNDR, prior to dewatering reduces the soluble COD fraction in the digested biosolids. The SNDR provides optimum temperature, pH, alkalinity and aeration conditions for nitrification and denitrification of digested biosolids. The SNDR improves dewaterability, cake quality and reduces recycle concentrations.
Nitrification and denitrification
Nitrification and denitrification are controlled in the SNDR by monitoring the pH, temperature, and ORP. Since nitrification is inhibited at temperatures above ~100° F, this reactor is operated just under this temperature, in order to fully optimize the growth rate of these specialized microorganisms. pH set points can be used to control the nitrification and denitrification process by creating an aerobic or anoxic condition as warranted. Because a reduction of total alkalinity accompanies nitrification, the pH of the system provides an ideal method of control.
Lower conditioning costs and nutrient recycle
Reduction in soluble COD, ammonium, and VFAs in the SNDR significantly reduces the chemical demand for dewatering operations. Nitrification and denitrification in the SNDR greatly reduce the ammonium concentration in the recycle streams.