Category 'News'


University of British Columbia Turning Fatbergs to Fuel

One of the major environmental issues facing our planet today is the management, recycling or disposal of fatbergs in wastewater. The ideal state of zero-waste is still a great challenge for most countries and there is an urgent need to find financially viable and sustainable programs that can turn unwanted materials into useful products. What…

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Toronto Prepares for Wastewater Storm Surges

Toronto Prepares for Wastewater Storm Surges

January 7, 2020 | Under News | Posted by | No Comments

The City of Toronto has been preparing contingency measures to address the effects of climate change in the coming years and one project that they proposed focuses on managing excess wastewater, particularly during storm surges. The City’s officials launched a storm water management program called the Don River and Central Waterfront and Connected Project which…

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Wastewater Management Through Blockchain

Wastewater Management Through Blockchain

December 20, 2019 | Under News | Posted by | No Comments

Our water resources should be safeguarded and properly managed to prevent accidental spills and leakages from ruining our environment and costing millions in taxpayer money. By using blockchain technology, we are one step closer to better managing our water sources as well as wastewater disposal and ensuring that the community will real the full benefits…

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New Method of Removing Pharmaceuticals from Wastewater

One of the growing concerns with water pollution is the increasing presence of pharmaceuticals in wastewater. If not properly filtered, pharmaceuticals can end up in water sources and can have negative consequences to human health, the environment and ecosystems. Thus many researchers and scientists are in a race to find a new method of removing…

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New Technology Can Help Remove Microplastics in Sewage Sludge

Plastic, by design, is durable and non-biodegradable. It is these specific characteristics that make plastic waste products a danger to the environment, especially microplastics, as they will not easily disappear over time. It is a persistent condition that is being addressed by recycling and the use of plastic alternatives today. However, aside from recyclable single-use…

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High Meat Consumption Contributing to Worsening Algal Blooms

Every year, forecasts are released detailing the formation of so called “dead zones” or areas with severe algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico, the Chesapeake Bay, and Lake Erie. This data is collected by universities, research institutions, and government agencies to provide a report on the health of these critically important bodies of water….

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Benefits of Microalgae in Sewage Treatment and Biofuel Production

With the exponential growth of human population around the world, the environment has been going through detrimental changes that will have lasting effects for many generations. Dwindling fossil fuel sources, an ever-expanding carbon emissions footprint, and the large volumes of waste byproducts has made a significant impact on the ecology. New research is currently being…

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Understanding Microbiomes for Next-Generation Wastewater Treatment Systems

For over a century, the use of microorganisms for wastewater treatment systems has been the largest application of biotechnology in the world. Activated microbiomes have been used to process sludge in municipal wastewater treatment systems before being returned to the environment. To date, there has been no information on the global impact of these microbiomes…

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Turning Farm Waste into Eco Friendly Fertilizer

Turning Farm Waste into Eco Friendly Fertilizer

September 11, 2019 | Under News | Posted by | No Comments

Farms have to contend with a variety of issues to keep their environment healthy and sustainable. Disposing of waste products can be challenging, especially due to residuals left behind by plants and animals. But a few researchers in Europe are looking into turning common farm waste, such as chicken feathers, cow dung and plant stalks,…

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Wastewater Treatment Turns Malts into Biofertilizer

The idea of producing biofertilizers through wastewater treatment is nothing new. A Chicago-based brewing company, however, is trying to replicate the process to not only save money but also save the environment. Muntons Malted Ingredients Inc. is not only the creator of the “Great British Malt”, but also produces ingredients for brewing and baking, as…

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