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Appropriate technology selection tool for decentralised wastewater treatment systems

Tomren, E., Anda, M. and Ho, G. (2009) Appropriate technology selection tool for decentralised wastewater treatment systems. In: Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering (SSEE) Conference, 22 - 24 November, Melbourne, Australia

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A transition toward decentralised treatment of wastewater is currently occurring in Australia and globally, giving the opportunity for a more sustainable water cycle. Appropriate selection of decentralised treatment systems is complicated due to the number of technologies available, wide variance in capabilities of different technologies and lack of expertise of decision makers. A number of decision support tools have been developed to assist in determining appropriate technology for given situations. Previously, tools have focused on regulatory factors, however there is room for further development related to maintenance requirements, nutrient management and energy efficiency. This paper presents a recent development at the Environmental Technology Centre, Murdoch University of an electronic decision support tool for appropriate decentralised wastewater selection, focusing on the nutrient management and energy efficiency of different treatment and technologies. The tool can be applied to a large number of wastewater situations beyond the urban, including national parks, remote townships, mining camps, peri-urban areas and aboriginal communities.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
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