Limits of Phosphorus Levels in Wastewater
Phosphorus removal is becoming more and more prevalent in the world of wastewater treatment. State laws have placed limits on the levels of phosphorus that can be released into the environment. It is of growing importance that your treatment plan takes into account your water’s phosphorus levels.
Usually, enforcement of these phosphorus limits occurs from the operating state. And an increasing number of states are choosing to regulate these levels. Some states are even looking to make their enforcement stricter, as low as .1 mg/L (10 times the current laws!).
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Why Limit Phosphorus Levels in Wastewater?
Phosphorus can be found abundantly in the farm industry, most often from fertilizer that is manufactured. After crops are fertilized, phosphorus and other nutrients remain. While phosphorus is great for plants, it isn’t so great for waterways.
Phosphate also increases the growth of aquatic plants, which can result in out-of-control algal blooms. These algal blooms can be very hard for states to keep from spreading. They also can produce toxins harmful to both humans and wildlife.
Phosphorus Removal Service Plans
While increasing phosphorus levels will give some companies challenges, we at Advanced Chemical Systems can help. We can help you adjust your plants to reduce phosphate levels, filter out the unwanted chemicals, or chemically precipitate out the phosphate. Please feel free to reach out for more information, we will be happy to help.