WaterRA project wins Queensland water award

September 13, 2019

Water Research Australia is delighted to announce its collaborative research project – An Integrated Approach to Iron Salt Use in Urban Water Systems – was the Research Innovation Award Winner at the Australian Water Association’s Queensland Water Awards on Friday 13th September.

The project is being undertaken by The University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland Urban Water Utilities, Seqwater and WaterRA.

UQ Advanced Water Management Centre Director and Project Leader, Professor Zhiguo Yuan, told UQ News that the award recognised a project that would deliver significant economic and environmental benefits to urban water utilities.

“We have been investigating the use of iron chloride to replace alum, the most commonly used coagulant, in water treatment,” Professor Yuan said.

“The same iron is also used for corrosion and odour control in sewers and to remove phosphorus in wastewater treatment reactors, as well as hydrogen sulphide removal from biogas in an anaerobic digester.

“This reduces the amount of chemicals required in managing urban water systems.”

WaterRA would like to extend its congratulations to all involved with the research project.

Pictured: Project Leader Prof Zhiguo Yuan.