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Phosphorus Removal and Tertiary Treatment Processes

7th December 2017, Aqua Enviro Training Suite, Wakefield

Tertiary treatment processes have been used for many years to polish effluents, reducing concentrations of suspended solids, BOD and Ammonia in WwTW effluent plants. Changes in legislation including the Water Framework Directive and Shellfish Directive has led to increased interest in Priority Substance removal and more reliance upon tertiary treatment (including UV) to maintain compliance with ever tightening consent standards.

This course will review the design and operation of the main markets available for N and P removal technologies.  The effect of installing these processes upon parts of the ‘existing’ WwTW will be evaluated using mass balance techniques.  Recent, innovative solutions for achieving new ‘low P’ concentrations will be discussed, reviewed and compared.


  • Options for removing suspended solids, including sand filters
  • Membrane bioreactors
  • Disinfection
  • Conventional Phosphorus removal
  • Low phosphorus consents
  • Priority substances

Wastewater characterization and how different fractions affect your chances of achieving consent: Phosphorus, Nitrogen, COD
The chemistry of Phosphorus removal
Chemical Phosphorus removal – worked examples
Technologies for removing Phosphorus and suspended solids
Biological nutrient removal
Innovations for P-removal
Side stream technologies used for nitrification-denitrification
Disinfection, Priority Substance, wrap up and close

Trainers: Matthew Smyth: BSc, MRes, Exec MBA, MCiwem, CSci.   

Matt iMatt Smyth smiley portrait crops a Chartered Scientist and member of the CIWEM Wastewater Management Panel. He started his career in wastewater treatment in AMP2 (1998) working on pilot scale Sequencing Batch Reactor plants to develop nitrification and carbonaceous operational control strategies, which were subsequently adopted at numerous wastewater treatment plants throughout the UK. In the following 18 years he has been involved in capital schemes for nitrogen and phosphorus removal, including BNR and a range of polishing techniques such as AMTREAT, SHARON and ANAMMOX.

In the industrial sector Matt has troubleshot and optimized a number of membrane bioreactors and has extensive experience in scoping, sizing, tendering, commissioning, handover and optimization

Rowland Minall MCIWEM, CSci, MSc, BSc(Hons)

RNice Rowly to side cropowland is a Chartered Scientist with an MSc in Water Pollution Control Technology.  Rowland’s experience is varied having started his career developing fluidised bed biological reactor systems for tertiary nitrification.  Since then he has worked as a process engineer and detailed designer on wastewater treatment schemes, installing new secondary and tertiary wastewater treatment assets in capital delivery environments.

Rowland has designed, evaluated and tested Phosphorus removal systems for Wastewater Utilities seeking to comply with either the UWWTD or the Water Framework Directive.  He has detailed knowledge of both chemical and biological methods of P removal from practical and design perspectives.

Delegate Rates

1 delegate = £350 (+VAT) = £420
2 delegates = £320 (+VAT) = £384 per person
3  or more delegates = £300 (+VAT) = £360 per person

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