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Nutrient Removal in Wastewater Treatment

21 Professional Development Hours

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of untreated nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus on the environment
  • Learn nutrient removal fundamentals, concepts and proven technologies
  • Become familiar with nutrient removal process optimization and best practices


It is well known that the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus present at elevated concentrations in municipal wastewater can contribute to the eutrophication of receiving water bodies. Eutrophication, or “nutrient enrichment,” is a phenomenon that occurs when a water body contains an elevated concentration of one or more nutrients. Elevated concentrations of nutrients can be deleterious to receiving water bodies by driving the severity and frequency of algal blooms up and, at times, directly or indirectly inducing conditions that are toxic to wildlife. Therefore, nutrient removal, which includes nutrient recovery where applicable, from municipal wastewater is a critical process consideration.

This course will review nutrient removal technologies for municipal wastewater treatment systems. Attendees will learn about wastewater characteristics and the different fractions of nitrogen and phosphorus that impact design and regulations. Fundamentals of wastewater treatment processes will be reviewed as required to set up a baseline to discuss options for implementing nitrogen and phosphorus removal in existing facilities. A full day will be dedicated to phosphorus removal and another day to nitrogen removal. The basic principles of phosphorus and nitrogen removal processes will be reviewed before moving to an overview of proven and up-and-coming treatment technologies. Benefits and key considerations will be highlighted for each technology, and commentary on how each technology can be retrofitted into municipal wastewater treatment systems. Process optimization will also be covered, focusing on “best practices” for implementing each technology.

Attendees will end the course with a better appreciation for the need to remove nutrients, the opportunities and challenges associated with implementing nutrient removal into existing wastewater treatment systems, and a deeper understanding of process operation and optimization.

Course Outline

  • Municipal Wastewater Characteristics
  • Effluent Regulations
  • Fundamentals of Wastewater Treatment
  • Introduction to Phosphorus Removal Mechanisms
  • Overview and Optimization of Phosphorus Removal Processes
  • Introduction to Nitrogen Removal Mechanisms
  • Overview and Optimization of Nitrogen Removal Processes

Who Should Attend
Anyone involved in the permitting, design, and operation of wastewater treatment facilities:
Municipal Engineers • Consulting Engineers • Employees of Regulatory Agencies • Operators

Course Rating
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Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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