KMH presents Nutrient Recovery from Wastewater at City West Water 2013 Resource Efficiency Seminar & Service Provider Expo
KMH Environmental’s Lucy Cotter and Tony Priestley recently presented nutrient recovery from wastewater at City West Water’s Resource Efficiency Seminar in Melbourne. The seminar, held on 21 March 2013, was organised by City West Water (www.citywestwater.com.au) allow customers to engage with service providers, and hear pertinent resource efficiency presentations.
Lucy Cotter and Tony Priestley presented the results of KMH’s project collaboration with the University of Melbourne. This project involved university students conducting nutrient surveys of wastewater processes at five industrial processing sites in Victoria under the guidance of KMH process engineers. Audra Liubinas and Ding Chan from City West Water’s Business Resource Efficiency group were integral in sparking interest in the project among City West Water customers. Three of the five study sites were City West Water customers.
KMH led this project and provided full reports to all participants of the study, harnessing the research capabilities of The University of Melbourne in an innovative private sector-research collaboration. The study focussed on the recovery of nitrogen and phosphorus, which are present in domestic (sewage) wastewater as well as many industrial wastewaters, and can be recovered to form a reusable product, such as struvite fertiliser. Nutrient recovery is a major area of emerging technology in relation to wastewater treatment processes, with full-scale commercialised nutrient recovery plants already installed in North America and Europe.
KMH and the University’s scope of work included:
- carrying out nutrient surveys at various points in each wastewater treatment plant,
- laboratory analysis of nutrient fractions (such as ammonia, ortho-phosphate, total nitrogen and total phosphorus),
- evaluation of nutrient recovery technologies currently commercially available at full-scale, and
- high-level evaluation of costs & revenue potential from nutrient recovery for each site.
KMH received positive feedback from the City West Water seminar, and will continue to develop projects in collaboration with clients across Australia.
KMH is currently leading various investigations for industrial and municipal sites, developing new nutrient recovery from wastewater projects in collaboration with clients throughout Australia. Please contact KMH on 1800 625 211 for further information or to talk to one of our wastewater treatment specialists.