Wastewater Microbiology & Process Control

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Instructor: Toni Glymph-Marti, Wastewater Microbiology Solutions
Wednesday, October 30, 2024 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST. ** Please note the time change
Cost: $250

Track: Environment & Energy

Course Level: Intermediate

Course Description: The objective of this course is to teach the operators, lab personnel and consultants how to optimize the wastewater treatment plant processes including biological nutrient removal processes, using the microscope and knowledge of wastewater microbiology. In this class the wastewater professional will learn how to identify the microorganisms that are favorable to the Activated Sludge treatment process and gain an understanding of how to maintain the proper environment for their growth. Participants will also learn to diagnose treatment system problems based on the microbiology of the system and will be introduced to process control methods and causes and cures for problematic filamentous bacteria. The instructor will present simple and practical step-by-step laboratory procedures for tracking, identifying and diagnosing conditions in the wastewater treatment system environment. A $60 manual, titled, A Wastewater Microbiology Laboratory Manual for Operators will be made available for participants of the course. The manual is a practical guide to developing a process control laboratory program which includes microbiological assessments. Color photos, worksheets, SOPs, a list of equipment and supplies and a DVD with live video clips are included with the book.

The wastewater treatment process is a biological process. In order to properly evaluate this process we need to include biological tools such as the microscope. The microorganisms are responsible for removing the nutrients from the wastewater therefore it is important to understand the conditions that allow them to do their best work and to do our best to create these conditions. My motto is “If you treat the bugs right, they will treat your water right.”

Target Audience: Wastewater operators, Laboratory personnel, Consulting Engineers

Learning Objectives:
The participants will learn the role of microorganisms in the conventional and Bio-P treatment processes along with the conditions that allow them the do their best work of removing nutrients from the wastewater. They will learn to anticipate potential upsets and to troubleshoot existing treatment system problems including a simple method to identify filamentous bacteria, conditions that favor their growth, and methods to control bulking and foaming caused by these microorganisms.

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About the Instructor

Toni Glymph is a Senior Environmental Microbiologist and Treatment Process Consultant with Wastewater Microbiology Solutions LLC. Prior to that she served as supervisor in the Monitoring & Research Division at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago where she has worked for more than 12 years developing a wastewater microbiology monitoring program for the District’s seven water reclamation plants. Prior to her employment with the District, Toni worked 15 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource as a Wastewater Specialist assisting operators with trouble-shooting treatment system compliance problems.
Ms. Glymph is also a certified wastewater treatment plant operator and has gained more than 12 years of hands on wastewater treatment system experience while working at the Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant. In addition, she has spent more than 30 years conducting microscopic evaluations and troubleshooting wastewater treatment system upsets.

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