Dive into the wastewater treatment process and wastewater management

Wastewater treatment, collection and discharge are essential to protect human health, the environment and surrounding water quality. Before it can be treated, wastewater needs to be collected from sewer networks servicing homes, municipal, commercial and industrial premises, including rainwater run-off from roads and other impermeable surfaces. Wastewater treatment is also evolving. Historically it was designed to clean up wastewater before a cleaned up effluent could be discharged safely into the surround area. Today, wastewater is being seen a valuable resource to generate: energy, nutrients and water for irrigation, industrial and even drinking purposes. This article provides everything you need to know about the different treatment stages and technologies involved in wastewater treatment.

OPINION: Avoiding disappointment of sewage testing for Covid-19

OPINION: Avoiding disappointment of sewage testing for Covid-19

  • By Mark van Loosdrecht
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  • 04-08-2020

Coronavirus analysis in sewage promises an early warning for diseases. However, this could lead to disappointment if initial expectations are not met,...

European collaboration sets out to find 'ULTIMATE' wastewater recovery solutions

European collaboration sets out to find 'ULTIMATE' wastewater recovery solutions

  • By Aquatech
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  • 18-06-2020

A €16.6 million European Commission project called ULTIMATE is being coordinated by KWR Water in the Netherlands to turn wastewater into a resource.

Rural wastewater redevelopment to restore Egypt’s Lake Qarun

Rural wastewater redevelopment to restore Egypt’s Lake Qarun

  • By Aquatech
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  • 03-06-2020

A multi-million euro collaboration bridging Canada, Europe and North Africa hopes to reduce pollution and return Lake Qarun to its glory.

“Methane cracking” to unlock hydrogen + graphite from Oz wastewater

“Methane cracking” to unlock hydrogen + graphite from Oz wastewater

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-06-2020

“Methane cracking” to unlock hydrogen + graphite from Oz wastewater

Sludge, biosolids & bioresources: Our essential guide

Sludge, biosolids & bioresources: Our essential guide

  • By Aquatech
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  • 28-05-2020

Check out our latest online guide that addresses what are sludge and biosolids, outlines the wastewater treatment process and potential of generating ...

Mark Nelson: Lessons from the Biosphere 2 experiment

Mark Nelson: Lessons from the Biosphere 2 experiment

  • By Aquatech
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  • 28-04-2020

Through the Biosphere 2 experiment ecologist Mark Nelson developed a deep understanding of humans’ connection and impact on the water cycle.

VIDEO: Sewers4COVID software developed in EU hackathon

VIDEO: Sewers4COVID software developed in EU hackathon

  • By Aquatech
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  • 28-04-2020

An EUvsVirus hackathon resulted in the development of a new software tool combining machine learning with sewer surveillance.

Wastewater sampling: a barometer of Covid-19?

Wastewater sampling: a barometer of Covid-19?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-04-2020

KWR Water Research Institute detected Covid-19 in the wastewater from a city before any cases had officially been reported.

CASE STUDY: Real time plant monitoring at Wessex Water

CASE STUDY: Real time plant monitoring at Wessex Water

  • By Tom Williams
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  • 01-04-2020

A real-time platform monitoring solution helps improve wastewater plant performance efficiency at UK utility, Wessex Water.

Don’t feed the fatbergs in the pandemic, urges UK utility

Don’t feed the fatbergs in the pandemic, urges UK utility

  • By Aquatech
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  • 19-03-2020

The flushing of ‘unflushables’ because of #COVID19 related toilet roll hoarding could lead to more sewer blockages and fatbergs, warns utility Thames ...

Opinion: Why taking sludge digital makes sense

Opinion: Why taking sludge digital makes sense

  • By Mick Dawson
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  • 09-03-2020

As water companies gear up to meet energy and carbon reductions, they should look towards efficient sludge pumping, writes Mick Dawson

Augmented reality app to raise awareness on sewer blockages

Augmented reality app to raise awareness on sewer blockages

  • By Aquatech
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  • 06-02-2020

An augmented reality app is being designed to show people the effect of “unflushables” blocking the sewer networks.

VIDEO: 'Sea of Opportunity' for phosphorus recovery in the Baltic Region

VIDEO: 'Sea of Opportunity' for phosphorus recovery in the Baltic Region

  • By Aquatech
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  • 05-02-2020

New documentary showcases three EU phosphorus recycling technologies.

Opinion: Nature is an ally, let’s apply and innovate

Opinion: Nature is an ally, let’s apply and innovate

  • By Marc Simon
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  • 04-02-2020

Lessons learned from nature can drive the circular economy and protect our urban water environment.

RESEARCH: Agricultural water pollutants converted back into fertilisers

RESEARCH: Agricultural water pollutants converted back into fertilisers

  • By Aquatech
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  • 23-01-2020

Researchers find a green alternative to make ammonia from polluted waters...

Top four largest fatbergs in the UK

Top four largest fatbergs in the UK

  • By Aquatech
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  • 21-01-2020

Fatbergs have made their way into the public imagination. We look at the four largest found so far, all in the UK.

Europe’s largest wastewater plant saves £500k/year

Europe’s largest wastewater plant saves £500k/year

  • By Aquatech
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  • 07-12-2019

One of Europe’s largest wastewater treatment plants saved half a million pounds a year by making some simple changes.

Wastewater treatment boosted in Istanbul with MBR upgrade

Wastewater treatment boosted in Istanbul with MBR upgrade

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-12-2019

Expansion of a wastewater treatment plant is helping Italian company Fisia Italimpianti to broaden its portfolio beyond desalination.

Worms & water fleas: “innovative wastewater treatment” demonstrated in Scotland

Worms & water fleas: “innovative wastewater treatment” demonstrated in Scotland

  • By Aquatech
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  • 21-11-2019

A Scottish utility is demonstrating a new EU-funded technology that uses worms and water fleas to treat wastewater.

Plant power: Hanoi spreads its roots with new wastewater system

Plant power: Hanoi spreads its roots with new wastewater system

  • By Aquatech
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  • 24-10-2019

A new ocean city development in Hanoi will feature a biological wastewater treatment system.

RESEARCH: Graphene membrane can purify methane from biogas

RESEARCH: Graphene membrane can purify methane from biogas

  • By Aquatech
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  • 17-10-2019

A graphene membrane is being scaled up in Australia and applied to wastewater treatment.

Microplastics in drinking water “not a risk”, says WHO

Microplastics in drinking water “not a risk”, says WHO

  • By Aquatech
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  • 28-08-2019

A new analysis from the World Health Organisation plays down fears over microplastics in water but says further research still needed…

Barriers to water reuse 'not insurmountable' for drought-stricken Australia

Barriers to water reuse 'not insurmountable' for drought-stricken Australia

  • By Aquatech
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  • 26-08-2019

Learning from global successful water reuse projects could help Australian towns and cities amid current tough drought conditions, finds a new report…

Frank Obenaus: Giving wastewater a digital facelift

Frank Obenaus: Giving wastewater a digital facelift

  • By Aquatech
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  • 16-08-2019

German water utility Emschergenossenschaft Lippeverband is on a mission to connect its 59 wastewater treatment plants to a centralised SCADA system, a...

Meet the Sewer superheroes

Meet the Sewer superheroes

  • By Aquatech
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  • 14-08-2019

Follow some of the amazing men and women responsible for unblocking and fixing sewers…

Can sludge treatment be beautiful - A Hong Kong spa proves it can

Can sludge treatment be beautiful - A Hong Kong spa proves it can

  • By Aquatech
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  • 30-07-2019

Would you go for a sludge-powered spa-day? In Hong Kong, the Claude Vasconi designed architectural gem proves sludge treatment can be beautiful…

Biogas: an untapped energy source to avert a climate crisis?

Biogas: an untapped energy source to avert a climate crisis?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 22-07-2019

By converting wastewater and other organic wastes into biogas, it could help to provide the electricity for 40 million people…

Satellite leak detection moves to sewer breaks

Satellite leak detection moves to sewer breaks

  • By Aquatech
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  • 10-07-2019

After strong progress detecting leaks on potable water networks, Utilis will tweak its satellite formula to move into sewer breaks, says Jonathan Jaco...

Take a bow (or bath) Europe: your waters are cleaner than ever

Take a bow (or bath) Europe: your waters are cleaner than ever

  • By Aquatech
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  • 19-06-2019

Latest data from the European Environment Agency shows Europe’s bathing water quality continues to improve…

Wastewater: Our essential guide to wastewater treatment, management & solutions

Wastewater: Our essential guide to wastewater treatment, management & solutions

  • By Aquatech
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  • 14-06-2019

Wastewater treatment, collection and discharge are essential to protect human health, the environment and surrounding water quality. Before it can be ...

Face scrub, poo pellets & algae trainers: 5 products embodying circular aspirations

Face scrub, poo pellets & algae trainers: 5 products embodying circular aspirations

  • By Aquatech
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  • 10-04-2019

From calcite and lime recovery in the Netherlands through to phosphorus recycling in Denmark; we’ve found five great examples of a Circular Economy in...

World Water Day We are still off track says UN

World Water Day We are still off track says UN

  • By Aquatech
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  • 21-03-2019

A major goal remains unreachable for much of the world’s population

Do you know the next Samuel Sarphati?

Do you know the next Samuel Sarphati?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 18-03-2019

Dutch tourism levels continue to grow as visitors flock to Amsterdam for the plethora of clean canals and waterways, not to mention other attractions.
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Food waste & sludge: teamwork makes the biogas dream work

Food waste & sludge: teamwork makes the biogas dream work

  • By Aqautech
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  • 12-02-2019

A two-year trial from water agency PUB and the NEA concludes that treating food waste and sludge together increases the amount of biogas produced.

Is Britain on the brink of a fatberg epidemic?

Is Britain on the brink of a fatberg epidemic?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 11-01-2019

Multiple discoveries across the country suggest fatbergs could become a common problem for UK water companies.

Nervous system

Fatberg detecting 5G sewer ‘nervous system’ goes down under

  • By Aquatech
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  • 08-11-2018

When you bang your toe, the human nervous system instantly transmits a signal to tell the brain where to feel pain. Ouch.

Sweden and  Germany kickstart phosphorus recovery drive

Sweden and Germany kickstart phosphorus recovery drive

  • By Aquatech
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  • 12-10-2018

Water utility company Gelsenwasser AG has signed an agreement to recover phosphorus from incinerated sewage sludge in the ChemPark of Bitterfeld-Wolfe...

More data needed on microplastics and water

More data needed on microplastics and water

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-10-2018

Together with pharmaceuticals, the detection of microplastics in both water and wastewater is one of the largest growing environmental concerns.

Could we use 3D printing in wastewater treatment?

Could we use 3D printing in wastewater treatment?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 28-08-2018

Various methods are being used to reduce chemicals in the wastewater treatment process, activated carbon being the most commonly used one. However, ac...

Anne te Velde discusses Dutch water technology at Aquatech China 2018

  • By Aquatech
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  • 10-06-2018

The history and prosperity of the Dutch nation are inextricably linked with water. Two-thirds of the country would regularly flood if it weren’t for a...

Picking the circular economy technology winners

Picking the circular economy technology winners

  • By Aquatech
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  • 22-03-2017

There is great interest in the opportunities around the circular economy, especially in Europe. This is precisely why it will feature as the theme of ...