World Water Week

World Water Week, organised by SIWI, is being held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 27th August to 1st September 2017.

This year, World Water Week will address the theme “water and waste: reduce and reuse”. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. They believe water is key to our future prosperity, and that together, we can achieve a water wise world.

This years prgramme is set to be a good one, with more than 200 sessions of different formats, covering a range of relevant topics and includes plenary sessions from Karolina Skog, Minister of Environment, Sweden; Guang Z. Chen, Senior Director, Water Global Practice World Bank Group; and Beatriz Merino, Executive President of Cesar Vallejo University, Peru . They are also holding a range of Young Professional Activities to engage and empower the young people attending the event.

Register by 26th August to secure your place!

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2nd International Resource Recovery Conference

The 2nd International Resource Recovery Conference is taking place at Columbia University,  New York on 5th – 9th August 2017. 

The conference will bring together international leaders from research, academia and industry for important discussions around resource recovery as it pertains to the human climate-water-life cycle. A particular focus will be placed on facilitating solutions to providing renewable energy, clean water, and food security to the globe’s most vulnerable populations.

The first two days of the conference comprises of a series of workshops, covering topics such as “Exploring the next generation resource recovery platforms” and  “Role of nature-based systems in decentrilised approaches for linking sanitation to energy and food security”. The program for the rest of the week consists of oral and poster sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Nutrient Recovery
  • Sanitation and Development
  • Emerging Technologies for Resource Recovery
  • Recovery of Additional Materials
  • Water Reuse

Register now to book your place!

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Emerging Investigator Series – Robert Delatolla

Professor Robert Delatolla is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University. During his Ph.D. work, Professor Delatolla modified and used molecular and microscopic techniques to investigate the microbiome of wastewater treatment biofilms. His research endeavours include collaborative ventures with industrial and municipal partners. Professor Delatolla’s current research is focused on critical water, stormwater and wastewater issues. His expertise lies in biological treatment with a focus on the characterisation and optimization of biofilm technologies. He has particular interest in developing understanding at the meso, micro and molecular-scale to improve the design and operation of engineered treatment systems. Professor Delatolla is currently working on understanding hydrogen sulfide production in wet stormwater ponds; characterising biofilms in water and wastewater treatment systems; optimization of advanced and hybrid biofilm treatment systems; ammonia removal at cold temperatures by moving bed biofilm reactors; biological treatment of industrial wastewater; biofiltration performance as a means of disinfection by-product removal and optimization of anaerobic digestion.

Read his Emerging Investigators article “Hydrogen sulfide production in municipal stormwater retention ponds under ice covered conditions: a study of water quality and SRB populations” and find out more about his research in the interview below:

Your recent Emerging Investigator Series paper in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology focuses on hydrogen sulphide production in ice covered stormwater retention ponds. How has your research evolved from your first article to this most recent article?

This article is the research team’s first publication on hydrogen sulphide production in stormwater retention ponds. We have prepared and submitted a second article focussing on the hydraulics and wind effects on hydrogen sulphide production in stormwater retention ponds. Further, we are preparing a third article on the sediment kinetics and the link to sulphate production in stormwater ponds. Hence, this article presents a fundamental study that is built upon to provide a holistic view of hydrogen sulphide production in stormwater ponds.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment?

The integration of the water quality and microbial community data to gain a thorough understanding of these systems at both warm and cold operational conditions was perhaps most interesting for the research team. Through this interdisciplinary research approach, the study was able to confirm that sulphide production resulted from increased ubiquitous sulphate reducing bacteria activity at hypoxic conditions as opposed to the proliferation or a population shift towards a specific bacterial population

In your opinion, what is the biggest impact to the environment presented by H2S production and how much to stormwater retention ponds contribute to this?

Although the emission of hydrogen sulphide gas from stormwater retention ponds is currently rare, the need to understand the design elements that result in these events is necessary as hydrogen sulphide is toxic to the environment, aquatic life and humans. In particular, the recent popularity of retention ponds along with the implication of climate change that lead to increased risk of larger rain events are influencing current guidelines related to the design of stormwater retention ponds. Hence, young and future systems are at an increased risk of hydrogen sulphide production and emission. We hope that our work provides the fundamental knowledge necessary to mitigate the risk to hydrogen sulphide emission from these systems in the future.

What do you find most challenging about your research?

All research is challenging, however in this study the lack of current knowledge regarding hydrogen sulphide production in stormwater ponds required multiple aspects of the studies stormwater ponds to be investigated concurrently. This included the water quality of the pond and the microbial community of the sediment. This challenge was met by forming a multidisciplinary research team to work on the research project.

In which upcoming conferences or events may our readers meet you?

I participate as often as I can at IWA conferences, in particular the Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering (MEWE) and Nutrient Removal and Recovery conferences, WEFTEC and the local Canadian Association of Water Quality (CAWQ) and Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) conferences.

How do you spend your spare time?

Spare time is not always easy to square away, but every chance I get I just like to spend time with my family and friends…and of course watch some Game of Thrones.

Which profession would you choose if you were not a scientist?

Perhaps a chef, but that may just be my love of eating.

Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

My path as a researcher has taught me that there is a lag between your hard work and the fruition of your labour. Patience is definitely required.

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10th International Conference on Biofilm Reactors

The 10th International Conference on Biofilm Reactors is taking place on 9th-12th May in Dublin, Ireland. The event, which is being jointly organised by University College Dublin and the International Water Association, aims to bring together both practitioners and researchers to disseminate new knowledge and to link practical application with basic sciences. Confirmed speakers include: Kim Sorensen, (WABAG, Switzerland), Rene Rozendal (Paques, The Netherlands), Rob Nerenberg (University of Notre Dame).

Register now to book your place!

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Biochar takes the pharmaceuticals out of urine

Written by Jeremy Allen for Chemistry World

Method for cleansing waste urine could see it used as a fertiliser

US researchers have demonstrated that biochar, essentially burnt plants, can remove pharmaceuticals from urine waste streams. The findings could help recycle urine into agricultural fertilisers.

Human urine is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus – just what plants need. However, human urine can also contain pharmaceuticals, the release of which cause worrying developmental effects in aquatic ecosystems, hampering its use as a fertiliser. While some wastewater treatment plants recover nutrients from urine and wastewater, they do not typically remove pharmaceuticals. Current pharmaceutical removal systems involve membranes, electrodialysis and activated carbon, but they can be costly, energy intensive and unsustainable.

Pharmaceutical removal in synthetic human urine using biochar

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry

Now, Avni Solanki from the University of Florida and Treavor Boyer from Arizona State University, have studied biochar, a precursor to activated carbon, to see if it could work as a viable alternative

 

Read the full article in Chemistry World.


Pharmaceutical removal in synthetic human urine using biochar
Avni Solanki and Treavor H. Boyer
Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2017
DOI: 10.1039/C6EW00224B

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Graduate Student Symposium: “Water Sustainability: Chemists in Pursuit of Clean Water”


Graduate students from Georgetown University are pleased to host the Spring 2017 Graduate Student Symposium, “Water Sustainability: Chemists in Pursuit of Clean Water”, at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA. The symposium aims to address the global water crisis and discuss how chemists are making an impact on the issues of water sustainability.

Check out the symposium website to get all the latest information at

http://georgetowngsspc.weebly.com/

We look forward to seeing you in lovely San Francisco!


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Outstanding Reviewers for Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology in 2016, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Dr Kyle Bibby, University of Pittsburgh
Dr Marc Edwards, Virginia Tech
Dr Zhen He, Virginia Tech
Dr Oliver Lefebvre, National University of Singapore
Dr Daniel McCurry, University of Southern California
Dr Long Nghiem, University of Wollongong
Professor Fernando Rosario-Ortiz, University of Colorado Boulder
Dr Michael Templeton, Imperial College
Dr Paul van der Wielen, KWR Watercycle Research Institute
Dr Yifeng Zhang, Technical University of Denmark

We would also like to thank the Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology board and the environmental science community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

 

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre.

 

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9th Eastern European Young Water Professionals Conference

The 9th Eastern European Young Water Professionals Conference is an annual conference organised by the International Water Association (IWA), specifically aimed at people under 35 who work in this area. This year, the conference will take place on 24-27th May 2017  in Budapest, Hungary with a theme of “Cross-Border Cooperation of Old, New and Candidate Countries of EU, for identifying problems, finding causes and solutions”. The conference include poster and oral presentations, as well as workshops a technical tour, and cultural excursions. Visit their website for more details!

Key Date:

Registration Deadline – 1st April

Can’t make the conference, but would like to be engaged with young water professionals? Why not read our Emerging Investigators series in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology – http://rsc.li/emerging-series

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Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition

The Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition is the annual conference organised jointly by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA). This year the conference is being held on 13-17th February in Long Beach, California. They aim to explore “the development and implementation of membrane technologies in water, wastewater, reuse, and industrial membrane systems as well as operation and maintenance of membrane equipment and facilities”. As well as technical sessions, the event also offers workshops, networking events and facility tours.

Register now to book your place!

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What are your colleagues reading in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology?

The articles below are some of the most read Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology articles in 2016. You can view the full collection of our top 10 downloaded articles here.

 

Membrane materials for water purification: design, development, and application
Anna Lee, Jeffrey W. Elam and Seth B. Darling

 

Inorganic engineered nanoparticles in drinking water treatment: a critical review
Konstantinos Simeonidis, Stefanos Mourdikoudis, Efthimia Kaprara, Manassis Mitrakas and Lakshminarayana Polavarapu

 

Survey of green building water systems reveals elevated water age and water quality concerns
William J. Rhoads, Amy Pruden and Marc A. Edwards

 

Characterising and understanding the impact of microbial biofilms and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix in drinking water distribution systems
Katherine E. Fish, A. Mark Osborn and Joby Boxall

 

Inactivation of bacteria from contaminated streams in Limpopo, South Africa by silver- or copper-nanoparticle paper filters
Theresa A. Dankovich, Jonathan S. Levine, Natasha Potgieter, Rebecca Dillingham and James A. Smith

 

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