WERF Selects Team for Nutrient Recovery in the Global Water Industry Research (NTRY1R12)

The Water Environment Research Foundation has selected a team of two consulting firms (Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. and CH2M HILL), four universities, seven technology providers, 16 utilities, and a number of other organizations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia, to perform a two-year study to guide the acceptance and implementation of resource recovery technologies at wastewater treatment facilities. Although wastewater has been identified as a renewable source of nutrients, energy, water and other products, there remain technical, social and economic challenges that prevent an industry-wide adoption of resource recovery. In this study, Hazen and Sawyer and its partners will develop a guidance tool that utilities can use to evaluate how best to implement resource recovery, starting with phosphorus as the primary focus. The team will oversee research into emerging resource recovery technologies, with a view to identifying options that reduce energy consumption, improve treatment efficiency and provide utilities with alternative revenue streams.