Phosphates enter the wastewater treatment plant’s liquid solution through dishwasher soap and laundry detergent that citizens have contributed through their homes and businesses drains leading to the plant. Magnesium is an element found in soil, sea water and is an element found in our drinking water.
Struvite formation is especially difficult to prevent under normal conditions for plants utilizing the Biological Nutrient Removal process, better known as the BNR. Under this system the plant is mandated to remove “Total Nitrogen” and “Total Phosphate” before the wastewater is released back into the water, i.e., an ocean liner traveling from Point A to Point B.
Struvite Formation Locations
There are several locations in a wastewater treatment plant where struvite will form. The first location that may occur is from an accumulation in the piping, especially in the elbows where there is a great deal of turbulence. If there is the slightest build up and you attempt to remove the struvite unsuccessfully, struvite formation will occur within days on the small crystals still in the elbow. The same will hold true for the plant’s centrifuges, pumps, belts and other equipment where there is a high velocity of turbulence. Another secret hiding place for struvite is in the lining of the anaerobic digester.
Struvite Formation Tale Tell Signs
• A high pH is a warning for the potential to form struvite
• High conductivity increases the potential for formation
• Low temperatures foster the environment for formation
• Higher concentrations of ammonium, phosphate and magnesium
Prevent Struvite Formation with Proactive Actions
JS 9310 is a liquid formula manufactured by Jayne Products in Carson, California. It has proven time after time in wastewater treatment plants that the utilization of JS 9310 will prevent struvite formation. The application of JS 9310 on a daily basis with small doses of liquid has proven that the prevention of struvite on a consistent, daily basis is possible and also a certainty. For a free sample call 866-754-8062.