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Healthier Water: Innovative Processes for Arsenic Removal and Sludge Management

Funding: 2004: $60,000
2005: $60,000

Project Member(s): Vigneswaran, S., Ngo, H.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (Other funds for ARC projects)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2004

Summary: Arsenic is a highly toxic metal found in drinking water in parts of Australia and in many parts of the world. The enforcement of stringent arsenic standard for drinking water calls for an effective treatment technology. In this study, an innovative and cost effective treatment system for arsenic removal will be developed for use in small community water supplies. This novel hybrid system consists of buoyant media flocculator and a newly-developed metal oxide coated media adsorption technique to achieve superior arsenic removal. A simple and safe disposal of arsenic sludge will also be established and tested.''


Nguyen, TV, Nguyen, TVT, Pham, TL, Vigneswaran, S, Ngo, HH, Kandasamy, J, Nguyen, HK & Nguyen, DT 2009, 'Adsorption and removal of arsenic from water by iron ore mining waste', Water Science and Technology, vol. 60, no. 9, pp. 2301-2308.
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Chaudhary, DS, Vigneswaran, S, Jegatheesan, V, Ngo, HH, Moon, H, Shim, WG & Kim, SH 2003, 'Granular activated carbon (GAC) adsorption in tertiary wastewater treatment: experiments and models', WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 113-120.

Keywords: Arsenic removal Arsenic sludge management Floating medium flocculator and prefilter Innovative treatment processes Metal oxide coated medium Small water supply system

FOR Codes: Water and Sanitary Engineering, Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified, Prevention and treatment of pollution, Waste management and recycling, Water Quality Engineering, Chemical engineering