Water and the Circular Economy
Project Round
Project Number
32M - 2030
Research Organisation
Victoria University

Opportunities for Designer Recycled Water

Project Overview

There are increasing numbers of new compounds in the effluent streams entering treatment plants, which potentially have negative consequences for the environment and human health. In recent years, the focus on waste minimisation and water conservation has also led to the production of concentrated or toxic residues. It is important to dispose of these residues in a proper manner and to keep the concentration of chemicals in the effluent stream to a certain minimum level in order to comply with the environmental laws. Degradation of organic pollutants which could have a deleterious effect on the well being of mankind, therefore, has become a key focus of research efforts in today’s scientific world. Organic pollutants emitted from various sources pose ecological risks because the degradation of these pollutants using conventional chemical and biological treatments is often very slow or ineffective and not environmentally compatible [1, 2]. For this reason, new or more efficient wastewater treatment technologies.

This research focused on the feasibility of producing nutrient rich water for agricultural and horticultural applications using an integrated membrane process consisting of microfiltration (MF), nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) was investigated. Two types of wastewater were treated using an integrated MF-NF-RO treatment process – municipal wastewater and hydroponics wastewater.

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