Introduction to Wastewater, Treatment & Handling Sludges

23rd - 24th November 2021, The Studio, Leeds

Times:   9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Fee:       £775 for 2 days training, extra persons at £675 plus VAT (includes slides presented)

Course Overview

This course will provide attendees with an understanding of the different stages of treatment in a wastewater and anaerobic digestion plant.  It will cover examples in domestic and industrial applications (e.g. food and beverage) and expected performance based upon real world data.  Key performance indicators along with common operational challenges and solutions are covered, along with numerous proprietary technologies.

It is aimed at those people who are ‘new’ to wastewater and sludge and is suitable for those working on domestic or industrial wastewater treatment plants.

Course Aim

To provide an overview of all aspects of characterising, treating and optimising wastewater and sludge treatment plants.  The course will focus on different technologies, their advantages, disadvantages and appropriateness for achieving consent standards, energy generation and recycling targets.

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

Course Programme

Day 1 – Wastewater:

  • What is it? Tests used to characterise and quantify wastewater. Differences between domestic and industrial wastewaters
  • Consent limits and future drivers for investment
  • Flow and load – terminology (e.g. population equivalence, dry weather flow), how to undertake a flow and composition study, relationships in the data and what they mean
  • The wastewater treatment works:
    Part 1 – Preliminary & primary treatment – (Screens, grit removal, primary sedimentation)
    Part 2 – Secondary biological treatment – (Activated sludge, SBR, MBR, MBBR, trickling filters)
    Part 3 – Tertiary treatment (solids and phosphorus removal, disinfection)

Day 2 – Handling Sludges:

  • Different types of sludge produced (SAS, primary, food waste, industrial, humus, imports)
  • Understanding what happens to sludges when they are processed (storage, thickening, dewatering, digestion,)
  • Liquor treatment processes – removing nitrogen, BOD and phosphorus
  • The opportunity to recover nitrogen and phosphorus

Trainer Profile 

Matthew Smyth  BSc, MRes, MBA, MCIWEM CSci CWEM  

Technical Director, Aqua Enviro

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 developed this course in 2017 in response to requests for an introductory course for new people entering the industry or taking on a technical role.

In the late 1990’s he began his career working on pilot and full-scale Sequencing Batch Reactors, developing, then commissioning carbonaceous and nitrification control strategies, that have been widely adopted in plants in the UK and Ireland.  He has subsequently worked closely with many anaerobic and advanced anaerobic digestion facilities treating wastewater and food waste materials, dewatering the digestate and handling the liquors produced.  He presents and publishes regularly at industry recognized conferences including Aqua Enviro’s European Biosolids & Organics and European Wastewater Management Conferences.  He is a member of the CIWEM Wastewater Management Panel and has delivered over 2000 training days on wastewater and sludge treatment (1 training day is when 1 person attends 1 course for 1 day).

Please note that cancellations are accepted up to 30 days prior to the training event and there is no refund for non-attendance. 

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Cost per person
£775 (ex. 20% VAT)

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