Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Truax, Dennis D.

Committee Member

Diaz-Ramirez, Jairo N.

Committee Member

Magbanua, Benjamin S.

Date of Degree

1-1-2011

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering

Department

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Abstract

The effects of heavy metals, endocrine disruptors, and other contaminants on activated sludge and wastewater treatment operations have been studied extensively. However, the potential for infiltration of bacterial species not native to activated sludge has not been extensively examined. This project investigated the effect of the contamination of activated sludge wastewater treatment systems by Bacillus anthracis. From a pure culture of Bacillus megaterium inoculations of two bench-scale, sequencing batch reactors with different solids retention times was studied. Microbial enumeration testing was initially done on the mixed liquor alone, but to further detail the Bacillus path through the reactor, further testing was done to examine the supernatant. The data indicated that little effect would be caused from Bacillus inoculation of activated sludge reactors as population diversity returned to normal within a period of time equal to approximately one quarter of the solids retention time.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/19334

Comments

biological contamination

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