Water Environment Research Article Investigates the Feasibility of Expanding Deammonification for Mainstream Wastewater Treatment

The open access article for the December 2015 issue of Water Environment Research (WER) examines the findings of a cross-Atlantic utility R&D-cooperation that investigated the feasibility of mainstream deammonification—the application of partial nitritation/anammox for full-plant treatment of municipal wastewater at ambient temperatures.

“In an effort to encourage deammonification to occur in the mainstream portion of a full-scale wastewater treatment plant in Austria, the authors used a bioaugmentation strategy to seed the plant with ammonia oxidizing bacteria and annamox granules from a side stream deammonification process,” said WER Editor-in-Chief Tim Ellis. “This strategy was found to be effective in repressing nitrite oxidizing bacteria in the mainstream reactors while maintaining high ammonia removal rates with increased annamox activity.”

Selected WER articles such as this one are available free to the public on a monthly basis through an open-access program. 

Published by the Water Environment Federation since 1928, WER is a popular professional journal that features peer-reviewed research papers and research notes, as well as state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental, and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management.

Originally known as the Sewage Works Journal, WER is available in both print and online formats and receives approximately 400 new research submissions each year.