DS/EN ISO 9509
Water quality - Toxicity test for assessing the inhibition of nitrification of activated sludge microorganisms
|Publication Date:||13 July 2006|
|ICS Code (Examination of biological properties of water):||13.060.70|
This International Standard specifies a method for assessing the short-term inhibitory effect of waters, waste waters or test substances on nitrifying bacteria in activated sludge. The inhibitory effect is estimated over an exposure period of usually 4 h or up to 24 h with weakly nitrifying sludge.
The method is applicable with nitrifying activated sludge derived from domestic and synthetic sewage and also to sludges from industrial and mixed domestic and industrial waste waters.
The nitrifying activity of the sludge is verified by testing in the presence and absence of a specific inhibitor (e.g. N-allylthiourea; see Annex A). If the nitrification rate is within a suitable range for the test, i.e. 2 milligrams of nitrogen per gram of suspended solid and hour (mg of N per (g·h) to 6,5 milligrams of nitrogen per gram of suspended solids and hour (mg of N per (g·h) , the sludge may be used directly; if adjustments are not necessary (see Clause 9).
The method is applicable to water-soluble, non-volatile chemicals, and also to waste waters
Sludges from different sources respond differently to a given concentration of an inhibitor mainly due to a reaction between the inhibitor and components of the sludge. This results in a partial neutralisation of the toxic effect. Also, since the test lasts only hours, any inhibitory effects may diminish or increase over a longer period, e.g. in the continuous activated sludge system (see ISO 5667-16 ).