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Sustainable Integrated Water Treatment Solution

Outline of Research
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Dominic Clyde-Smith
Academic Supervisor: Dr Ka-Man Lai Industrial Supervisor: Rocky Horton

In the Urban Environment

Background
Eco nom ics

Water is one of the most precious resources. Clean useable water is a vital resource. However, this resource is further becoming scarce and in need of careful management.
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Waster water is nutrient rich but is not utilised. Currentley mainstream waste water treatment is based on intensive energy and resource inefficent proccess that is cost postive. Waste water treatment is one of the biggest challenges for urban sustainability.
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This EngD research project will involve quantifying the abilities of different macrophyate to re mitigate was water into a reusable resource. It will act as hard evidence to prove that hydrowaste a ponics and aqua ponics can be used in the urban context, to treat waste water, creating additional value. Its main outcomes are to produce a database that can be used in line with buildmodellin ing modelling software to help design process and to prove that this is a sustainable solution. The scheme will centre on the environmental engineering in the treatment of water. Laborafiel tory and field studies shall be undertaken to investigate the feasibility and design parameters for the treat treatment scheme. System engineering approach shall be used to integrate different treatment sc schemes together and assess the logistics and success of the whole system against the user and system requirements and the trade-offs.

Wetlands are recognised for their functions to recycle essential nutrients, including carbon, regulated by microbiota and their metabolism. For more than a century, engineers have used mcarophyte as bio-filters to mitage waste water in large scale within the country side.
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The population is shifting from the country side to the urban environment. Cities have effecre tively driven out agriculture from their boundaries. There is an urgent need for more sensible es food systems. Hyroponics is a possible solutions to both treat and provide resources in the form of food and energy, in the urban context.

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The Concept
Biomimicry, that is taking inspiration from nature, its models, systems, processes and elements to solve design problems sustainably. Reducing the wasteful throughput of materials indeed, eliminating the very idea of waste, can be accomplished by redesigning industrial systems on biological lines that change the nature of industrial processes and materials, enabling the constant reuse of materials in continuous closed cycles, and often the elimination of toxicity. Therefore, the ability to provide a sustainable integrated water treatment solution on site through the use of vegetation and other innovative engineering can be the environmental way forward.

Email: ucesdrc@ucl.ac.uk

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