Author(s): Parmar N, Singh A, Ward OP
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Abstract The effect of microbial enzymes in reducing the disposable solid content of sludge was investigated. A mixture of industrial cellulase, protease, and lipase, in equal proportion by weight, reduced total suspended solids (TSS) by 30-50\% and improved settling of solids. An increase in solid reduction was observed with increasing enzyme concentration. The effect of combinations of enzyme treatments indicated that two-enzyme combinations of protease and cellulase produced better solid reduction than individual enzymes and that lipase further augmented this effect. Among the individual enzymes, protease produced a more settleable sludge as compared to cellulase and lipase. Adjustment of the pH of the enzymatically treated sludge to the acidic range (pH 2-4) further improved solid reduction, and adjustment to the alkaline range (pH 10-12) improved settleability.
This article was published in J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol
and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation