Collaborative project wins research excellence award

9 Sep 2022
AWA QLD Water Award 2022 Winners

A collaborative project using University of Queensland research into a low-cost solution for wastewater treatment has won a coveted industry research award.

The Research and Development Excellence Award was presented at the annual Australian Water Association Queensland Gala Dinner and Awards Night.

The Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) was a collaboration between Urban Utilities, UQ’s Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology, Power and Water Corporation, Department of Environment and Science Queensland, and Aquatec Maxcon.

The winning project developed a low-cost solution to transform inefficient sewage treatment ponds into self-contained environmental assets. 

At the heart of the project was integration of two technologies: Up-flow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) reactor and High Rate Algae Pond (HRAP) as an improvement on current Waste Stabilisation Pond (WSP) based treatment.

The Australian Water Association’s Research and Development Excellence Award recognises projects that challenge current practice and address the need for a sustainable future.

The outcomes of the project must demonstrably add to the conservation or better use of water resources, knowledge of water technology, environment, sociology, economics or cultural aspects.

This project is now in the running for the National Research and Development Excellence Award which will be announced at the Ozwater’23 conference in May 2023.