Adaptable sewage technology ensures cost-effective solutions for university

An Australian university recently worked with Aerofloat to create a wastewater treatment design that was sensitive to the historical significance of its site.

The plant predominantly managed sewage from the regional campus, but also from nearby research facilities and restaurants.

General Manager, Michael Anderson, said that Aerofloat’s unique solution was designed to meet the needs of the remote site, including the area’s high rainfall.

“Due to fluctuations in population relative to semester dates, as well as variable high rainfall periods, allowances for changes in peak flows needed to be accommodated in the design,” said Anderson.

Contact Aerofloat today to discuss how it can ensure a cost-effective design for your sewage or wastewater treatment plant.

The Need

An Australian university needed a sewage and wastewater treatment plant upgrade to manage sewage from its regional campus, but also from nearby research facilities and restaurants.

The Solution

Aerofloat’s engineers designed a sewage treatment plant that would allow for the area’s high rainfall periods and ensure the strict effluent guidelines were met.

The Benefit

Given the remote site, the system was fitted with intelligent HMI and remote monitoring capabilities to allow operators access when not on site as well as remote support from Aerofloat’s engineers.

Background

An Australian university recently worked with Aerofloat to create a wastewater treatment design that was sensitive to the historical significance of its regional site. The site was heritage listed and so required a carefully considered design.

The plant predominantly managed sewage from the regional campus, but also from nearby research facilities and restaurants.

General Manager, Michael Anderson, said that Aerofloat’s unique solution was designed to meet the needs of the remote site, including the region’s high rainfall.

“Due to fluctuations in population relative to semester dates, as well as variable high rainfall periods, allowances for changes in peak flows needed to be accommodated in the design,” said Anderson.

Working with a third party contractor, the university drew on Aerofloat’s design experience to create a sewage treatment plant that would require minimal operator maintenance and ensure compliant effluent.

The Aerofloat Solution

Aerofloat’s experience in sewage treatment plant design and construction, in particular its expertise and innovative work in SBRs ensured a robust design for the university.

Aerofloat’s design included a fine screen to remove larger particles up front, followed by an anoxic flow balancing tank. This balance tank was used for the denitrification process and to also manage peak flows.

The air lock syphon decanter in Aerofloat’s two Sequence Batch Reactors (AeroSBRs) provided the client with a cost effective alternative to other technologies on the market.

Chemical dosing systems to manage pH correction, control precipitating Phosphorus and condition the sludge, as well as systems to manage dewatering were included in the design.

The Results

Aerofloat’s sewage treatment plant was designed to be robust enough to endure the variable rainfall periods whilst being aesthetically sensitive to the historical significance of the site. Anderson said the completed works would ensure environmental compliance for the client and allow for a higher treatment load capacity in the future.

Despite the Eastern seaboard storms, Aerofloat commenced installation in March 2022.

“Aerofloat is due to complete the installation and commissioning of the site in early 2022. We will have remote monitoring capabilities on the system to facilitate access to our engineers here in Sydney following commissioning,” said Anderson.

After Care Service

Aerofloat can help you maintain optimal performance of your wastewater treatment system long after installation.

Servicing – Chemical Supply – Sampling & Analysis – System Automation & Remote Monitoring

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