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First U.S. Pilot of a New Media for Phosphorus Removal and Recovery

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In its quest to continue to protect water quality in a sustainable manner, the water quality profession has an interest in developing the ability to not only remove phosphorus from wastewater, but to also recover it for beneficial uses. With that goal in mind, a highly efficient adsorption media has recently been developed along with a tertiary treatment process that integrates the removal of phosphorus, the recovery of the captured phosphorus, and the in situ regeneration of the adsorption media. Pilot testing of this integrated process in Lawrence, Kansas, during the first half of 2010 demonstrated its potential to achieve ultra-low effluent phosphorus concentrations while recovering the phosphorus as a high-grade fertilizer material.

Keywords: Phosphorus adsorbent media; phosphorus recovery; ultra-low phosphorus limits

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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