WEF examines wastewater foam

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Alexandria, Va. — The open access article for the June 2014 issue of Water Environment Research (WER)—the popular journal published by the Water Environment Federation (WEF)—offers a critical review by Denny Parker, et al., of nuisance foam that forms during the wastewater treatment process and the proposed biological methods for its management or elimination.

“While sludge bulking has received much attention over the years, a related phenomenon known as foam formation also has a long history of causing nuisance, inadvertent discharges over the top of basins, and at times, property destruction,” said WER Editor-in-Chief Tim Ellis. “Complete with over two dozen schematics, figures, and photographs, the author and his team of researchers detail how to successfully manage foam and prevent it from being an operational nuisance. While the authors admit that foam can never be completely eliminated, this open access critical review is a definitive piece on controlling this problem once and for all.”

Formerly available to subscribers only, selected WER articles such as this one are available free to the public on a monthly basis through an open-access program. Click here to download the open access article, “A Critical Review of Nuisance Foam Formation and Biological Methods for Foam Management or Elimination in Nutrient Removal Facilities” by authors Denny Parker, John Bratby, Don Esping, Ted Hull, Rick Kelly, Henryk Melcer, Rion Merlo, Rod Pope, Todd Shafer, Eric Wahlberg, and Robert Witzgall.

Published since 1928, WER features peer-reviewed research papers and research notes, as well as state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental, and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management. Originally known as the Sewage Works Journal, WER is available in both print and online formats and receives approximately 300 new research submissions each year.

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