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Title: Initial Results from Applied Integrated Practices and Technologies for Sustainable Management of Agrofood Industrial Wastewater in Palestine
Authors: Al-Sa'ed, Rashed
Keywords: Advanced oxidation process
Food industry and trade - Waste disposal - Nablus - Palestine
Factory and trade waste - Purification - Nablus - Palestine
Sewage - Purification - Nablus - Palestine
Production management - Environmental aspects - Nablus - Palestine
Manufacturing processes - Environmental aspects - Nablus - Palestine
Water - Pollution - Nablus - Palestine
Fenton reaction
Sewage networks - Environmental aspects - Nablus - Palestine
Dairy waste - Nablus - Palestine
Slaughtering and slaughter-houses - Environmental aspects - Nablus - Palestine
Issue Date: 25-Mar-2019
Abstract: Illicit direct discharges of raw agrofood industrial wastewater into wastewater treatment facilities (WWTFs) or seasonal Wadi beds pose serious public health risks and environmental degradation, exacerbated by socio-economic impacts and regional political conflicts. Policy makers in water and environmental authorities face power limitations by enforcing legal and technical regulations pertinent to connection, co-treatment and non-compliance of agrofood industrial discharges into WWTFs. This paper presents initial results on industrial wastewater management (INWA), a PADUCO program funded project. INWA aims at research development (RD) of new treatment approaches, and governance analysis for agrofood industries identified as heavy organic polluters including olive mills (Nablus), dairy industries (Hebron) and slaughterhouses (Gaza).We focused on governance assessment pertinent to institutional aspects of current wastewater management in the study area. RD entails five ongoing master thesis, of which are four at Birzeit University (BZU) covering governance enhancement and diverse treatment technologies applications. A recent defended BZU thesis proved the economic and environmental feasibility of advanced oxidation process using Fenton reaction as a pretreatment stage for mixed organic industrial wastewaters. Installed at BZU campus, an ongoing research study investigates monitoring and performance evaluation of a pilot UASB-nature based units for slaughterhouse wastewater treatment. The Islamic University of Gaza explores at bench scale the feasibility of activated sludge systems for slaughterhouse wastewater treatment. A fifth ongoing study entails using phytoremediation to revitalize Wadi Zaimer, which receives diverse industrial discharges from Nablus West. Compliance of agrofood industries with national guidelines reduces capital and operational costs, public health risks and pollution loads into receiving water bodies in Palestine
Description: conference proceedings
Appears in Collections:Institute of Environmental and Water Studies

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