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Novel Wastewater Processing: Impact on Our Cities, Infrastructure and Society

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Push a button or pull a chain, our toilet waste disappearing out of sight is the last time most of us ever think about what goes down our drains. But an intricate infrastructure system takes care of our wastewater.

Civil engineers, town planners and wastewater treatment experts are busy maintaining pipes and plant, coping with increasing demand, and disposing of the end products. Flushing waste away with water is at least as old as the first cities, and although wastewater treatment has certainly improved over the centuries, the general linear process has remained the same. But there are other ways wastewater treatment could be approached. One such approach is to move from a linear model to a circular model, where waste is considered a resource to be recovered and reused – the principle behind the circular economy

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