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Regional Wastewater Treatment

Not all wastewater treatment processes are the same and this is especially true in the regional context where treatment capacities are orders of magnitude lower than those of metropolitan treatment systems servicing a similar geographic footprint. Consequently, regional treatment systems are often resource limited owing to the small customer base.  These and other limitations typically prevent the use of mechanically complex and operator intensive treatment processes such as the conventional activated sludge process. On the other hand, regional treatment systems are typically not land restricted allowing for larger facility footprints on an equivalent person treatment basis compared to their metropolitan counterparts.

These considerations often lead to reginal facilities adopting lower treatment intensity technologies, with waste stabilisation ponds being one of the key treatment technologies used in the regional context. These processes are typically mechanically simple however are biologically complex.  In this course you should develop an in-depth fundamental knowledge of the treatment processes used in these regional facilities, providing an understanding of the underpinning biology involved in the processes.

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

  • Regional treatment context – definition and distribution,
  • Regulatory requirements – Australian (QLD) examples
  • Regional treatment technologies and the underlying process principles, including:
    • Waste stabilisation ponds,
    • Anaerobic treatment processes,
    • Trickling filters,
    • Emerging technologies suited to regional water treatment,
    • Activated sludge & Membrane bioreactors (in limited applications).
  • Challenges to treatment processes, including water recycling, contamination monitoring and biosolids management
  • Industry experience & operational management – Case studies from industry focusing on management of problems typically experienced in regional wastewater treatment.
  • Practical Workshops – reviewing content covered with typical 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 not currently scheduled for a future event