Every day in the United States, 9.5 billion litres of water is produced as a by-product of oil refinery and extraction. This water is deemed unsafe for household and commercial use by the US Environmental Protection Agency because of remaining contaminants. While treatments are available, they are expensive, energy intensive and still don’t remove all traces of contaminants from the water. Researchers at Purdue University have now developed a new process that can remove nearly all traces of oil in produced water.
Pakistan – Supreme Court orders sugar mills in Sindh to install wastewater treatment plants [Full subscriber]
The Supreme Court-mandated commission on water and sanitation in Sindh has directed sugar mills to install in-house effluent treatment plants to stop polluting the waterways and environment in rural areas before the crushing season 2019-20 begins.
Researchers at the Rice University, Texas have developed a water treatment system that selectively removes contaminants, an advance that could lead to cost and energy savings compared to conventional systems.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a low-cost membrane that effectively separates oil and water on demand – potentially paving the way for faster clean-ups of oil spills and improved treatment of industrial wastewater in the future.
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have discovered a method to improve the way pollutants are removed from wastewater using Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs).
Researchers at MIT have developed a method to selectively remove micropollutants from polluted water.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison led by professor of civil and environmental engineering Daniel Noguera are confident that ten years from now, wastewater treatment plants will look and function very differently than they do today.