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Water Res. 2003 May;37(9):1991-2000.

Impact of the repetition of oxygen deficiencies on the filamentous bacteria proliferation in activated sludge.

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CEMAGREF, U.R. Qualite et Fonctionnement Hydrologique des Systemes Aquatiques, Parc de Tourvoie, BP 44, Antony 92163, France.


Cases of low stress can frequently occur in a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). As they have no visible impact on the plant operation, they generally go unnoticed. Nevertheless, it would appear that an accumulation of such cases can result in serious operational problems. The impact of the repeated application of oxygen deficiency on the proliferation of the filamentous bacteria Sphaerotilus natans, Haliscomenobacter hydrossis, Eikelboom type 021N and Thiothrix spp has been studied on WWTP pilots. Two different oxygen deficiencies series were tested. Filamentous bacteria evolution in activated sludge was monitored using fluorescent in situ hybridization. For the weak deficiencies, no significant variation in the filamentous bacteria response level was recorded, whereas with more severe deficiencies the filamentous bacteria response increased considerably with the increase in stress number. From the results obtained, it would appear that there is an intensity and frequency threshold beyond which the filamentous bacteria response levels increase when the stress is applied in series. This "oxygen deficiencies repetition" appears to be an important factor in the appearance of bulking.

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