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Editor’s pickGreen light for world-leading renewable hydrogen from wastewater project

27-05-2020
Australia, wastewater treatment, research, science, water treatment

For the first time in Australia, a project is in the pipeline to produce low-emission hydrogen and graphite from sewage at a wastewater treatment plant. Water Minister Dave Kelly and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the project today for Western Australian-based technology company, Hazer Group to use waste gas (biogas) …

Rice engineers: Make wastewater drinkable again

29-04-2020
wastewater treatment, research

Delivering water to city dwellers can become far more efficient, according to Rice University researchers who say it should involve a healthy level of recycled wastewater. Using Houston as a model, researchers at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering have developed a plan that could reduce the need for surface water (from rivers, …

NACWA expects ARPA-H20 legislation to advance water research

07-04-2020
NACWA, legislation, water, research

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) in the US expects the new ARPA-H20 legislation to advance clean water research. The bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives on 6 March. It is intended to form and fund a federal Advanced Research Projects Agency – Water. NACWA noted that the new …

US team tracks coronavirus in wastewater

06-04-2020
wastewater, research, coronavirus, COVID-19

Researchers in the USA say they can use sewage surveillance to determine if the virus exists in a community, even if people have no symptoms, and can also ensure the effectiveness of a municipality’s wastewater treatment process. “Testing the wastewater gives you an idea of the number of cases within a community and if the numbers are …

Wastewater sampling: A barometer of COVID-19?

03-04-2020
wastewater treatment, water sampling, wastewater sampling, research, COVID-19, coronavirus

Statistics during a pandemic can make for grim reading: Frequent headlines about the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as the mortality rate from these figures, are bombarding us as the news channels go into overdrive. Governments around the world are making strong political promises to increase the amount of testing to follow in …

Study says poop provides early sign coronavirus cases will rise

03-04-2020
Netherlands, COVID-19, coronavirus, research, study, wastewater treatment, sewage

Scientists in the Netherlands recently detected COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in a city’s sewage system before any cases were officially reported by human testing, indicating that wastewater tests could be used as an early warning sign of rising coronavirus cases. Researchers found COVID-19 in the wastewater in the city …