GENT, Belgium — Leaders within the wastewater process modeling community met during the 4th IWA/WEF Wastewater Treatment Modelling Seminar in Spa, Belgium, March 30th-April 2nd, 2014, to reach consensus over the most pressing emerging challenges faced by the wastewater treatment sector, according to a press release.

IWA/WEF Wastewater Treatment Modelling Seminar (WWTmod) is a unique meeting within the water and wastewater treatment sector, acting as the point of reference for wastewater treatment process professionals, noted the release.

WWTmod brings together water sector professionals from academia, industry, utilities, consultancies, software companies and other groups, the release reported.

According to the release, discussions centered on some of the most critical issues facing the sector: Nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) removal modeling for optimized process performance and reduced environmental impacts; energy modeling in wastewater treatment plants to lower energy requirements of wastewater treatment; life cycle analysis to evaluate the overall sustainability of wastewater treatment; and modeling of advanced wastewater technologies to enhance water reuse and resource recovery from wastewater.

WWTmod brought together 137 leading experts from all continents, continued the release, and the size and diversity of the seminar allowed the meaningful exchange of ideas between modeling professionals, who share knowledge and experience about the most pressing issues facing wastewater treatment.

Read the full release here.