Advancing Extractive Nutrient Recovery from Wastewater

Williams, T. – CH2M HILL


Wastewater is a renewable resource whereby products such as nutrients can be recovered and reused. This paradigm shift has the potential to reduce energy consumption, improve treatment efficiency, and provide utilities with alternative revenue streams. Technical, social and economic challenges remain for an industry-wide adoption of nutrient recovery. In this paper, we present information generated as part of a Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) study that strives to enable the wider adoption of extractive nutrient recovery by bridging the knowledge gap. Extractive nutrient recovery, defined as the production of chemical nutrient products devoid of significant organic matter, represents a disruptive technology. It often entails a three step framework to include accumulation, release, and extraction of a chemical nutrient product that is marketable and could potentially off-set operating costs and synthetic fertilizer use. This paper reviews drivers and barriers for and against extractive nutrient recovery; embryonic, innovative, and established technologies; and case study of a full scale nutrient recovery facility.

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