Chemical & Biological Phosphorus Removal

4 November 2020, VIRTUAL

This training is now full.  Please get in touch to be added to the waiting list for next year

Times:   9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Fee:       £395 (includes slides presented)

Course Overview

UK water companies have and continue to install new plant to meet tightened phosphorus consent limits.  These largely incorporate chemical dosing and technology to remove the solids generated.  To meet and maintain compliance levels, operators, process scientists and managers will need to understand the principals of chemical dosing, the impact upon the treated wastewater (e.g. in terms of alkalinity consumption, chemical breakthrough) and the actions that can be taken to optimise.

In addition, larger sites will in the future see P consents and this will drive investment in Biological Phosphorus Removal and nutrient recovery.

This course works through each aspect of chemical and biological treatment, reviews proprietary technologies and provides attendees with the basis to develop control and optimisation strategies for their sites.

Course Aim

To understand the factors influencing chemical and biological phosphorus removal.  This includes worked examples on calculating chemical dose rates, solids removal and proprietary technologies and configuring activated sludge plants for biological phosphorus removal.  Nutrient recovery technologies will also be discussed.

Learning is delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies and worked examples.

Course Programme

  • The importance of characterising and fractionating wastewater for P removal
  • Chemical phosphorus removal including worked examples for determining optimum does rates and sludge generated
  • Technologies for removing phosphorus and the suspended solids generated
  • Biological phosphorus removal
  • Innovations for phosphorus removal
  • Nutrient recovery, principles and technologies

Trainer Profiles

Matthew Smyth  BSc, MRes, MBA, MCIWEM CSci CWEM

Technical Director

Matt has been in wastewater and sludge for twenty years and works with water companies, industry and waste producers to develop and implement solutions.  He’s been delivering courses on tertiary and advanced wastewater treatment for several years and has now focused this course to reflect the increasing importance of phosphorus.  He championed Aqua Enviro’s 2017 event, ‘The Big P’, which saw the findings of the Chemical Investigation Programme presented and has worked on numerous projects to evaluate the environmental benefit and costs of phosphorus removal and recovery.

Dr Maryam Kabir 

Senior Anaerobic Digestion Specialist

Maryam obtained her PhD in the field of Anaerobic Digestion. Since joining Aqua Enviro she has undertaken technical reviews on phosphorus and nitrogen recovery technologies from liquor returns.   As part of Aqua Enviro’s Technical Team, she leads our BioWin modelling service, which includes biological phosphorus removal optioneering.


Following the new advice for Covid-19, the training will now be delivered virtually via MS teams (there will be no need to download anything if you do not already have teams).  We think this will be safest for everyone, reduce uncertainty and Matt Smyth (the trainer) has successfully delivered lots of training this way.

To ensure that you get the best out of this experience, our aim is to make the training as engaging and enjoyable as possible.  As in face to face training there will be regular structured discussions (camera on) and you will be able to post questions throughout using the chat function.

Matt also has an electronic whiteboard which he’ll use throughout to bring points to life and answer questions; as well as props he wouldn’t normally be able to bring to a third party venue, but can showcase being based in our Wakefield office and Laboratory.

There will be regular breaks to keep it fresh.  We will also provide a link to the presentation after the event.

Please note that cancellations are accepted up to 7 days prior to the training event and there is no refund for non-attendance. 

This training is now full. Please get in touch to be added to the waiting list for next year

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