Nutrient Removal Challenge Program Management

Nutrient Removal Challenge Program Management

Nutrient Removal Challenge Program Management

Nutrient removal of phosphorus and nitrogen is one of the most pressing issues facing the water and wastewater industry in the 21st century.

Whether large or small, utilities are required to meet nitrogen and phosphorus removal limits that have become increasingly difficult to measure. This means that various techniques – including market-based and technology approaches – need to be explored to help meet nutrient criteria.

That’s why the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) (formerly Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF)) launched a five-year program in 2007 to spotlight the challenge of nutrient removal, and selected HDR as program manager with support from the University of Washington, Metcalf & Eddy and CH2M.

The Nutrient Removal Challenge research program aims to provide measurable results in a combination of areas of immediate utility to the water and wastewater industry. The ultimate goal of the research is to provide information on nitrogen and phosphorus in wastewater – including their characteristics and bioavailability in aquatic environments – to help regulators make informed decisions.

Nutrient removal data will also help utilities select sustainable, cost-effective methods and technologies to meet permit limits. The research will develop and demonstrate new technologies and lead the search for improvements to existing technologies, with a goal of finding ways to reduce capital and Operating & Maintenance (O&M) costs for nutrient removal by at least 10 percent.

Nutrient Removal Challenge Program Management
Water Environment & Reuse Foundation

Alexandria, VA
United States