Sphaerotilus natans (S. natans) Treatment

Sphaerotilus natans (S. natans) Treatment

Sphaerotilus natans (S. natans) is a large gram negative filament that causes lots of bulking in wastewater if proper conditions exist.  It is usually easy to identify because of its false branching, and large sausage-shaped cells.  False branching is when two of the...

Wastewater Surfactants 101

Surfactants are some of the most difficult things to breakdown in wastewater, especially true in the winter months, and are possibly one of the most recurring issues for wastewater plants.  Surfactants, or surface activating agents (a fancy name for soap), are...

What Are Branching Filaments?

Fungi, Nocardia, and Sphaerotilus Natans are three filamentous bacteria found in wastewater treatment systems (WWTPs). In small amounts, they are quite beneficial for the system as they add stability to the floc structure and keep it from breaking up or shearing. In...
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