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Water & Wastewater

Water & Wastewater Research Cluster.  W&W Current Projects

This Cluster covers new approaches for all aspects of water and wastewater treatment, and associated issues including:

  • Water treating for municipal (drinking) and industrial (cooling; boiler feed) uses.
  • Industrial and municipal wastewater treating

Targeted research topics include:

Municipal and Industrial Wastewater.

  • Treatment processes – biological, chemical, physical, thermal etc).
  • Unique streams and specific contaminants e.g. metals, high/low pH.
  • Biological waste sludge reduction.
    • Minimize generation by controlling wastewater plant operating modifications.
    • Chemical/physical/biological conditioning of generated sludge.
    • Dry digestion.
  • Novel flocculation materials.
  • Nutrients (N & P): Removal, recovery and reuse.
  • Public Health Issues.
  • Toxicity testing.
  • Sustainability including LCA, economics etc.
  • Energy efficiency and energy efficient treatment systems.
  • Development of chemical free treatment systems.
  • Low carbon treatment technologies and associated methodologies.

Drinking water.

  • Treatment processes (chemical, physical).
  • Trace contaminants (pesticides, endocrine disruptors, etc) – detection, treatment/removal, destruction.
  • Ways to substitute lower quality waters for fresh water. 
  • Novel flocculation materials.
  • Public Health Issues including pathogen detection, removal and tracking.
  • Sustainability including security of supply, LCA, economics etc.Toxicity testing.
  • Low carbon treatment technologies and associated methodologies.

Cross-cutting themes with other Clusters.

  • Extraction of high value compounds from waste.
  • Effects of discharges on the environment.
  • Reuse and recycling (e.g. regeneration of aluminium hydroxide).
  • Energy generation and recovery.
  • Microbial source tracking.
  • Low carbon treatment technologies and associated methodologies


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