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Affordable Wastewater Treatment Using Microbial Fuel Cells

Pollution has been a persistent threat to our water supply for many years and despite our best efforts in cleaning wastewater, more innovations need to be developed for more pervasive and affordable wastewater treatment methods to have a positive impact on the environment. One source of pollution comes from agricultural farms that can dump vast…

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Recycling Wastewater Algae into Useful By-Products and Fighting Algal Blooms

World leaders agree that the availability of fresh water is a major concern in attaining a sustainable ecosystem. The rise of water pollution due to industrialization and rapid economic growth threatens the quality of water resources in many parts of the globe. When household or industrial residues such as nitrogen and phosphorus in wastewater are…

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Innovative Odour Elimination Technology for Wastewater Plants

Silicon Valley has long been the birthplace of many of the technologies we use today, so it only seemed fitting that a wastewater treatment plant in the area tapped into the power of technology to tackle an age-old problem in wastewater management: odour. The Silicon Valley Clean Water treatment plant needed an odour elimination technology….

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Improving Wastewater Treatment Using Wastewater Ultrasound Technology

Wastewater treatment has used a wide range of technologies through the years to streamline its process of converting sewage into biosolids and clean water. One novel approach that is being utilized lately is with the use of wastewater ultrasound technology. These high intensity sound waves are applied to sewage to promote hydrolysis during sludge treatment….

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De-Clogging Sludge Debris in Wastewater Plants

One of the main fixtures of any water treatment facility are progressive cavity (PC) pumps or screw pumps. These are important for propelling sewage sludge from the source and transporting it to the plant for treatment. It is useful for transporting viscous and abrasive fluids, making it ideal for thickened liquids like waste activated sludge….

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Using Biosolids to Reclaim an Alberta Coal Mine

The City of Edmonton is embarking on an ambitious project to rehabilitate the landscape around an Alberta coal mine and turn it into thriving field of willows using biosolids. The Paintearth is an Alberta coal mine is near the village of Forestburg which is located 180 kilometres southeast of Edmonton. This is where they plan…

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Biosolids Help Increase Nitrogen Bioavailability in Urban Soils

As the human population continues to grow, so has its effect on climate change. The impact of this increased human activity on urban soils has become the focus of researchers to determine if urban soils can be utilised for sustainable plant growth that can alleviate some of the effects of climate change. Researchers are studying…

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Wastewater Treatment Management Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

By now the terms “coronavirus” and “Covid-19” have become the most significant words of 2020 because of its impact around the globe. The world is currently in the midst of a global pandemic and it now affects almost every facet of life. It is important to know more about this contagion and how it affects…

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Recycling Phosphorus from Wastewater

Phosphorus is an element that is essential in life because of its importance in agriculture and many other industries. But phosphorus is also a finite resource and without a way of recycling phosphorus, there is a danger of running in short supply. This phosphorus crisis may not be as publicised as other resources, but its…

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Enhancing Production of Biomethane from Fatty Wastes

Several by-products derived from wastewater have long been turned into many useful commodities such as fertilizers. Researchers and engineers are starting to discover more ways to effectively transform wastewater into more lucrative resources. One important study is focused on turning fatty wastes including oil and grease into a reliable supply of renewable energy. Environmental engineer…

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