INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROBLEMS

In our blog entitled “Causes of Water Pollution” we dealt with the various organic and inorganic causes. Today it is perhaps pertinent to discuss an innovative solution to wastewater treatment problems, and that is biomass engineering with special emphasis on bioremedial treatment of sewage, industrial waste water, oil and diesel spills and organically contaminated ground.

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WASTEWATER TREATMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s 850 municipal water treatment plants treat 7.6 billion litres of waste (industrial, sewage etc) per day…that amounts to more than 150 litres per person daily…almost all wasted. This country cannot afford to allow this water to be wasted, instead, it should be viewed not as waste but as a resource. As an example the Durban Water Recycing (DWR) project, purifies 40 000 m3/d of biologically treated municipal wastewater daily and sells the water to major industrial users for industrial processes.

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