Application of enhanced membrane bioreactor (eMBR) for the reuse of carwash wastewater

Moazzem, S, Ravishankar, H, Fan, L, Roddick, F and Jegatheesan, J 2020, 'Application of enhanced membrane bioreactor (eMBR) for the reuse of carwash wastewater', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 254, pp. 1-9.

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Title Application of enhanced membrane bioreactor (eMBR) for the reuse of carwash wastewater
Author(s) Moazzem, S
Ravishankar, H
Fan, L
Roddick, F
Jegatheesan, J
Year 2020
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management
Volume number 254
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Minimising the usage of potable water in industrial and cleaning processes is essential to conserve fresh water. Recycling treated wastewater will help to do so. However, high quality treated wastewater is required for reuse and recycling. This study evaluated the performance of an enhanced membrane bioreactor (eMBR) in treating car wash wastewater for the purpose of reuse. The eMBR consisted of an anaerobic tank, an anoxic tank, an aerobic membrane bioreactor (AMBR) and a UV disinfection unit. The effects of hydraulic retention time of the eMBR on the treated water quality parameters and operating parameters were evaluated. The eMBR produced high quality recyclable water (0.510.2 mg/L of COD, 0.180.83 NTU of turbidity, 0 org. of E. Coli/100 mL) meeting Class A recycle water standards. Decrease in the mixed liquor suspended solids concentration in the AMBR (from 294 to 117 mg/L) reduced the fouling of the membrane which increased the permeate flux (from 5.9 to 6.7 L/m2h). This is unique to the eMBR system used in this study. However, when the flux exceeded the critical flux, the trans-membrane pressure increased significantly.
Subject Membrane and Separation Technologies
Keyword(s) Car wash wastewater
Class A recycle water
Critical flux
Enhanced membrane bioreactor (eMBR)
Trans-Membrane pressure (TMP)
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109780
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