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Regional Wastewater Treatment

The aim of this 18hr course is to teach the key scientific and process engineering fundamentals which underpin regional wastewater treatment processes. These are taught via real wastewater treatment problems and case studies.

Issues Addressed


  • Introduction to Regional wastewater treatment – Defining regional treatment in the Australian context, distribution and typical loads, snapshot of regional treatment lagoon systems within Queensland, a typical lagoon example.
  • Regulatory requirements – summary of regulation frameworks focused on regional treatment facilities, fate of water related regulations (receiving environments and reuse).
  • Regional treatment technologies – Waste stabilisation ponds, activated sludge trickling filters, membrane bioreactors, anaerobic treatments, chemical/mechanical treatment, combines systems.
  • Practical workshop – practical example identifying scope of treatment required, scenario analysis and technology selection.


  • Waste stabilisation ponds and similar processes – biology present in the pond system, types and sequencing of ponds used in WSP systems, management of WSP systems.
  • Engineered system and emerging biological technologies – emerging technologies suited to regional water treatment, including HRAPs, Microvi, MBR and SBR technologies.
  • Tertiary treatment and recycling (mainly agriculture) – context and requirement for tertiary treatment, technologies to achieve tertiary treatment targets.
  • Workshop: Application of technologies – worked example showing preliminary design principles for several regional technologies considering Capex, Opex and management of investigated treatment technologies.


  • Contamination monitoring and biosolids management – sludge accumulation and management in regional treatment systems, including monitoring and removal, management of contaminants in sludge and treated effluent, introduction to emerging contaminants.
  • Industry experience & operational management – Case studies from industry focusing on management of problems typically experienced in regional treatment.
  • Wrap up workshop – Review of course content and couple of big picture examples.


What do you get?

  • Access to a world leading training resource
  • Access to world leading practitioners
  • Course notes
  • Detailed workshop problem sessions based on real case study material
  • Core engineering skills and tools to take back to your workplace, which will enable you to analyse and trouble-shoot your wastewater problems
  • Real plant data and exercises

Who should attend?

Engineers, scientists and managers who require an excellent introduction to regional wastewater treatment.

This course is available at these future events: