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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013, Article ID 134872, 11 pages
Research Article

Treatment of Slaughter House Wastewater in a Sequencing Batch Reactor: Performance Evaluation and Biodegradation Kinetics

Environmental Engineering Division, Civil Engineering Department, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 32, India

Received 27 April 2013; Revised 9 July 2013; Accepted 9 July 2013

Academic Editor: Eldon R. Rene

Copyright © 2013 Pradyut Kundu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Slaughterhouse wastewater contains diluted blood, protein, fat, and suspended solids, as a result the organic and nutrient concentration in this wastewater is vary high and the residues are partially solubilized, leading to a highly contaminating effect in riverbeds and other water bodies if the same is let off untreated. The performance of a laboratory-scale Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) has been investigated in aerobic-anoxic sequential mode for simultaneous removal of organic carbon and nitrogen from slaughterhouse wastewater. The reactor was operated under three different variations of aerobic-anoxic sequence, namely, (4+4), (5+3), and (3+5) hr. of total react period with two different sets of influent soluble COD (SCOD) and ammonia nitrogen ( -N) level  mg/L, and  mg/L,  mg/L and  mg/L, respectively. It was observed that from 86 to 95% of SCOD removal is accomplished at the end of 8.0 hr of total react period. In case of (4+4) aerobic-anoxic operating cycle, a reasonable degree of nitrification 90.12 and 74.75% corresponding to initial -N value of 96.58 and 176.85 mg/L, respectively, were achieved. The biokinetic coefficients ( , , , ) were also determined for performance evaluation of SBR for scaling full-scale reactor in future operation.