Biological Treatment of Meat Processing Wastewater Using Lab-Scale Anaerobic-Aerobic/Anoxic Sequencing Batch Reactors Operated in Series | OMICS International | Abstract
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Biological Treatment of Meat Processing Wastewater Using Lab-Scale Anaerobic-Aerobic/Anoxic Sequencing Batch Reactors Operated in Series

David Nzioka Mutua1*, Eliud Nyaga Mwaniki Njagi1, George Orinda1, Geoffry Obondi1, Frank Kansiime2, Joseph Kyambadde3, John Omara3, Robinson Odong3 and Hellen Butungi3

1Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, School of Pure and Applied Science, Kenyatta University, PO Box 43844, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya

2Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, Makerere University, PO Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda

3Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Makerere University, PO Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda

*Corresponding Author:
David Nzioka Mutua
Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
School of Pure and Applied Sciences
Kenyatta University, PO Box 43844-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254720261585
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 24, 2016; Accepted date: July 20, 2016; Published date: July 21, 2016

Citation: Mutua DN, Njagi ENM, Orinda G, Obondi G, Kansiime F, et al. (2016) Biological Treatment of Meat Processing Wastewater Using Lab-Scale Anaerobic- Aerobic/Anoxic Sequencing Batch Reactors Operated in Series. J Bioremed Biodeg 7: 362. doi:10.4172/2155-6199.1000362

Copyright: © 2016 Mutua DN, et al. This is an open-a ccess article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


In the eastern Africa sub-region, many industries discharge untreated effluents to nearby water resources, thereby polluting the environment. This is because the technologies applicable for wastewater treatment are expensive for these small-medium sized companies with low profit margins. Slaughterhouses belong to this category of industrial setup. The objective of this study was to investigate treatment of meat processing wastewater using anaerobic– aerobic/anoxic Sequencing Batch Reactors (SBRs) operated in series. Reactors were operated for one year using meat processing wastewater. Hydraulic retention time was 2 days for the anaerobic SBR, and 1 day for the aerobic/ anoxic SBR while the organic loading was 12.8 kg COD/m3/day. In the anaerobic SBR, removal efficiencies for total and soluble chemical oxygen demand (TCOD and SCOD), total suspended solids (TSS) and turbidity were 79, 76, 79, and 70%, respectively, with effluent mean concentrations of 3554 ± 58 mg/L, 762 ± 3 mg/L, 2307 ± 21, and 2800 ± 9 FAU. Conductivity, ammonia-nitrogen, ortho-phosphates and total phosphorus concentrations increased by 38, 80, 81 and 71%. Pollutant removal efficiencies in the aerobic/anoxic SBR were 98, 96, 97, 89, 74, 97, 91, 90, and 86% for TCOD, SCOD, BOD, TSS, turbidity, ammonium nitrogen (NH4 +–N), total nitrogen (TN), orthophosphorus (o-PO4 3-–P), and total phosphorus (TP), respectively. Except TKN (35 ± 4 mg/L) and o-PO4 3-–P (8 ± 1 mg/L), all other parameters in the aerobically treated effluent met national discharge standards. Thus, abattoir effluent can be treated using anaerobic–aerobic/anoxic SBR system.


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