Congratulations go to Flinders University's Professor Howard Fallowfield who earlier this year presented research at the Global Water Pathogen Project (GWPP) Case Study Team Meeting at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. Professor Fallowfield's presentation related to the High Rate Algal Pond (HRAP) wastewater treatment system developed at Kingston-on-Murray.
HDS Australia is particularly pleased to hear that Professor Fallowfield's research is receiving world-wide attention, given our involvement in the development of the overall Kingston-on-Murray Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) project. The Kingston-on-Murray CWMS includes the site of the Flinders University HRAP facility that was used in this research project. HDS Australia was responsible for the design and construction supervision of the CWMS project, including the research facility, between 2006 and 2008.
John Olson, Managing Director and a community wastewater specialist at HDS Australia, was responsible for the initial design of the HRAP facility layout at Kingston-on-Murray, based on the concept provided by Professor Fallowfield. HDS Australia also designed sample points and a splitter system so that the HRAP facility could operate in parallel with a traditional pond based treatment system, as well as being responsible for the provision of power supply and the supporting infrastructure for the facility.
HDS Australia were responsible for site supervision during the construction phase of the Kingston-on-Murray CWMS project. Subsequent to our involvement, Flinders University has undertaken progressive improvement of the HRAP facilities as part of their research activities. It is pleasing to see the success of this leading research from a facility that we had early involvement with in design and construction through to its initial stages of operation.
As a major provider of CWMS related services HDS Australia is looking forward to future HRAP research findings from the Kingston-on-Murray facility and other sites. The HRAP approach has significant potential for wider application in remote or developing communities, given its lower power consumption and reduced footprint requirement compared to traditional large area wastewater ponds or energy intensive mechanical treatment plants. Having already had experience in the initial design and construction of the Flinders University HRAP research facility, we at HDS Australia congratulate Professor Fallowfield’s team and look forward to future opportunities to put this new technology into practice.