Industrial Waste Treatment as Municipal Pretreatment Requirement

MP Sampling MBThe City of Hanford Industrial Pretreatment Program permits industries to discharge to the city’s municipal wastewater system once certain criteria has been met. Mike Popichak, pictured left, observes the partially treated food waste stream at Marquez Brothers International’s wastewater treatment facility at its Hanford plant. Mr. Popichak performed start-up of the .75 MGD facility for Carollo Engineering, and has been retained for the past three years by Marquez as a consultant for process control and to provide staff training. Industrial Wastewater Operators are certified by the California Water Environment Association. Recent changes to the California Water Code now allows Industrial Wastewater Operators to become certified Cheese Waste MB by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Industrial waste streams can be very difficult to process. The Marquez Bothers’ plant processes 750,000 gallons of cheese and other milk product wastewater per day, as in the picture right, showing the primary treatment aeration chamber. Other types of industrial waste streams Aqua Operations provides services for includes biodiesel wastewater treatment for Crimson Renewable Energy, the largest producer of biodiesel in California. The chemical oxygen demand concentration of Biodiesel waste streams can exceed 20 – 30 thousand mg/L.

MP Lab Lecture editIndustrial wastewater operations requires extensive process control utilizing a strict, routine monitoring of the waste stream by sampling and analysis. Left, Mr. Popichak discusses wastewater biology with the laboratory technicians and operators at Marquez Bothers’ onsite laboratory for its wastewater treatment facility.

Aqua Operations can structure a consulting or operations contract, or training program to meet your specific needs. Industrial Wastewater Treatment by Aqua Operations, Inc., will be continued …

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Modified Treatment Ponds

“Modified treatment pond” means a pond in which either the biological oxidation of organic matter is enhanced by the addition of aeration or the effluent receives disinfection before discharge. Use of aeration systems such as the Biolac® System, may determine a higher classification for your California treatment facility.
In the video below you can see the Parkson Corporation Biolac System in action.

Modified treatment pond definition taken from the California Code of Regulations Title 23, Section 3671. Biolac® is a Registered Trademark of Parkson Corporation.

The California Office of Administrative Law Approves New Regulations

water_boards_logoThe State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has adopted chapter 26 of division 3 of the California Code of Regulations, regarding wastewater treatment plant classification, operator certification, and contractor operator registration for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification Program. The Office of Administrative Law approved the regulations on January 28, 2013. The regulations will become effective on April 1, 2013.

New California Wastewater Treatment Plant Classification and Operator Certification Regulations

On December 4, 2012, the State Water Resource Control Board adopted amendments to the California Code of Regulations, title 23, division 3, chapter 26 (commencing with section 3670) relating to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Classification and Operator Certification. These amendments include many changes to the operator requirements of both publicly and privately owned wastewater treatment facilities, taking effect this Spring.

Please see Resolution 2012-0067   http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/board_decisions/adopted_orders/resolutions/2012/rs2012_0067.pdf

The language is found here http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/operator_certification/docs/text_proposed_regs.pdf

The staff of Aqua Operations is available to review your Waste Discharge Requirements and provide consultation, or operator services as needed, and the necessary certification training to your personnel to meet these new regulations.

California Wastewater Operator Certification Exam Review

The Golden Empire section of the California Water Environment Association will host 2 reviews conducted by Mr. Mike Popichak of Aqua Operations on March 9th and March 23rd to be held from 10am to 2pm at Kern Sanitation Authority in Bakersfield. This review is free of charge for both members and non-members. Joining Mike for tailored reviews for each Grade will be Mr. Dale Ducharme of Veolia Water and Mr. Jeff Ervin of California Water Service. Lunch provided by Kennedy Jenks Engineering.

To reserve your seat send an email to gescwea@gmail.com.

California Wastewater Plant Classification

The California State Water Resources Control Board has amended the California Code of Regulations regarding plant classification for aerated pond plants that utilize advanced aeration such as Parkson’s Biolac® systems. Biolac® is an innovative activated sludge process that allows for extended sludge age to create an extremely stable system that is easy to operate.                                                                                                                         

See the SWRCB site for details –  swrcb.ca.gov/

Lamont Public Utility District  Biolac System Annual Maintenance. Aqua Operations, Inc., is contracted with the Lamont Public Utility District to provide wastewater plant operations, supervision, and training of the District’s staff. This system is Parkson Biolac system and is considered a “modified pond” system under the new regulations.

 

Biolac is a Registered Trademark of Parkson Corporation.

New California Wastewater Regulations

water_boards_logoOn December 4, 2012, the State Water Resource Control Board adopted amendments to the California Code of Regulations, title 23, division 3, chapter 26 (commencing with section 3670) relating to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Classification and Operator Certification.

These amendments include many changes to operator certification and requirements of both publicly and privately owned wastewater treatment facilities. Other changes to the regulations include changes to plant classifications. The new regulations will take effect Spring, 2013.

Resolution 2012-0067                            http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/board_decisions/adopted_orders/resolutions/2012/rs2012_0067.pdf

The language is found here http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/operator_certification/docs/text_proposed_regs.pdf

The staff of Aqua Operations is available to review your Waste Discharge Requirements and provide operator services as needed and the necessary certification training to your personnel to meet operator requirements.

Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Web Classes in 2013