2017 Master Brewers Conference
51. Critical decisions in selecting wastewater treatment technology—A third party view

Frank DeOrio, O’Brien & Gere, Syracuse, NY, U.S.A.

Coauthor(s): Sara Martin, Critical Path Solutions, Cazenovia, NY, U.S.A.

Saturday, October 14
8:30–10:15 a.m.

Wastewater produced from beverage manufacturing typically needs some form of treatment prior to discharge. Biological treatment, especially anaerobic digestion, presents a sustainable solution for converting organic waste material into renewable energy and other beneficial reuse products. It is a viable treatment consideration for high-strength organic wastes typically found in the food and beverage industry. However, the anaerobic digestion process has a narrow window of conditions, namely pH and temperature, at which the microorganisms can exist and thrive. Anaerobic microorganisms are also sensitive to chemicals that may be present in the wastewater from production or sanitation practices. Careful selection of technology and the evaluation of the wastewater sampling with the identification of possible interfering or inhibitory properties is important for long-term successful operation. Over the last several years, anaerobic technology has grown significantly with many vendors from both the United States and Europe offering technology packages. This presentation presents a guide for proper characterization of your wastewater, selection of suitable technology (aerobic or anaerobic treatment) given the characteristics, and important criteria for selection a technology partner for you project to insure the long-term success of the treatment system.

Frank DeOrio has more than 37 years of experience in the areas of sanitary wastewater collection system maintenance including combined sewer overflow (CSO) and high‐rate flow storage and release facilities, landfill, solid waste management, water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment, environmental services, dam safety, lake‐level management, hydropower operations, and turbine maintenance. He has coordinated on‐site maintenance of sanitary sewer collection systems, inspection and maintenance programs, and monitoring, sampling, and testing of treatment processes. He has also analyzed and optimized process controls, developed standard operating procedures development for laboratory analysis and operations, provided operator training, and prepared operation and maintenance (O&M) manuals for both water and wastewater treatment plants. Mr. DeOrio also served as the director of municipal utilities for the city of Auburn, New York, managing the Water Treatment and Distribution Division, Wastewater Treatment and Collection Division, Solid Waste Collection and Landfill Operation Division, and the Hydropower Operation Division.

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