Sludge Treatment and Management

Course Overview

Following a brief review of the removal of pollution from wastewaters and the consequent production of primary and secondary sludges, this module examines the characteristics of industrial and municipal sewage sludges and the options available for subsequent treatment and reuse. Sludge removal and consolidation, conditioning, anaerobic (and aerobic) digestion, mechanical dewatering, thermal drying and incineration are explained and discussed together with advanced sludge treatment (AST) options, including pyrolysis and gasification. Combined heat and power and energy from waste issues are also dealt with together with a particular emphasis on land application of stabilised sludges for agriculture, horticulture and reclamation uses. The module also reviews the relevant UK legislative and regulatory framework relating to sewage sludge management/reuse.

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • Understand how sludge is produced and measured including key terminology
  • Be able to identify the principle elements of sludge treatment including advanced treatment
  • Have a clear view of the regulations surrounding sludge treatment and recycling
  • Understand the proposed changes from Ofwat for introducing sludge markets

Course Duration

This module has a learning time equivalent to 2 – 3 hours per week for 5 weeks. Delegates will have ten weeks to complete the course including approximately five weeks to read through course content and five more weeks to complete their final assignment. In total delegates will have three months access to the Online Course portal. Please note this is a guideline and learning times will vary person to person.

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