WEF/IWA Nutrient Removal and Recovery 2013: Trends in Resource Recovery and Use

July 28 - 31, 2013
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel 
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 

Technical Program

This conference is composed of eighteen sessions covering a wide variety of issues related to the latest research and experience in the design and operations of nutrient removal systems. Each session in the program will include an interactive panel combined with technical presentations which will provide invaluable forum for knowledge for all who are present.
Technical Program (PDF)
Conference Brochure (PDF)

Conference Workshops and Tour Information
This year we were very pleased to host three pre-conference workshops and one educational tour.

Workshop A Agenda (PDF)
Workshop B Agenda
Workshop C Agenda (PDF)


Workshop A: Making Sense of Extractive Nutrient Recovery
Sunday, July 28, 2013 | 8:30am – 5:00pm

In an effort to feed a growing population, phosphorus is being mined faster than the geologic cycle can replace it.Although our industry has a general awareness of the benefits of nutrient recovery, a clear path forward to wider implementation is lacking. The overarching objective of this workshop is to disseminate seminal knowledge that is being generated as part of the on-going WERF project.  

Workshop B: Nutrient Removal Operations and Process Control: From Fundamentals to Emerging Technologies
Sunday, July 28, 2013 | 8:30am – 5:00pm

A review of conventional nutrient removal processes is followed by the latest technologies in ultra-low P removal, P recovery, and alternative nitrogen removal such as deammonification.  Advanced process control strategies for optimizing nutrient removal operations and trends in the use of online process analyzers will be discussed, and participants will complete an exercise in developing an automated process control strategy for a nutrient control facility.  

Workshop C: Granular Sludge Technology and Application
Sunday, July 28, 2013 | 8:30am – 5:00pm

Granular sludge is an efficient and low energy demanding method of retaining biomass in wastewater reactors. The aim of this workshop is to discuss the granular sludge technology in a broad sense and provide the current state of the art with specific focuses on nutrient removal processes. Application examples as well as laboratory-scale developments will be discussed.

Tour: Annacis Wastewater Research Centre, Annacis Island, Vancouver
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 12:30pm – 5:00pm

 Attendees will tour the new Annacis Wastewater Centre(AWC) , the first of Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Academies that blends leading edge wastewater research and development. The AWC offers a stimulating , high-quality learning environment for scientists, researchers and technology innovators. Pilot demonstrations at AWC currently include a 4th generation struvite recovery column, a fixed-film anammox pilot plant for nitrogen removal and a peroxide –microwave ‘sludge buster’ installed in a process line, to test improved sludge reduction, nutrient release and energy recovery.