Water Journal : Current May 2016
112 www.awa.asn.au executive summary remote water treatment IMPLICATIONS FOR MUNICIPAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL WATER TREATMENT. Research and industry partnerships in polar regions science K Northcott, B Freidman, G Stevens, I Snape, K Mumford Industry participation in water and waste management projects in polar areas presents opportunities for improvement of treatment technologies in the broader global context. For this reason, it is useful for the water industry to build strong partnerships with organisations involved in polar research. Veolia is working with the University of Melbourne under a five- year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on research into better water and waste treatment technologies. The first major project is currently focused on sites at Australia s Casey Station, operated by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), in East Antarctica. This project aims to utilise low-energy biological processes, such as biofiltration, to remediate summer melt water contaminated with diesel-based hydrocarbons. The collaboration between Veolia and the University of Melbourne leverages 15 years of Antarctic permeable reactive barrier (PRB) research into ion exchange/adsorption of inorganics and organics, as well as characterisation of biofilms on activated carbon. This has enabled the team to develop advanced analytical techniques for Antarctic research, and apply them to more conventional water treatment. Knowledge gained from analysis of carbon samples from Antarctic PRBs has been used to better understand the performance of large-scale biological activated carbon (BAC) filtration processes used in municipal water treatment. Key research questions that the project partners are interested in include: What are the key bacterial species present on BAC that are associated with removal of natural organic matter (NOM), nuisance and toxic organic species in water? What is the fate and accumulation on activated carbon of inorganic constituents in water? Research at Casey Station in Antarctica is offering insights into BAC filtration in municipal water treatment.
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