Project Code: 16098
Project Title: Bioremediation of Dairy Wastewater for Reuse
Project Type: Faculty
Project Intellectual Property: University Controlled
Project Citizenship Restriction: No
Sponsor Company: Shamrock Foods
Description: The dairy-processing industry creates a significant amount of wastewater contaminated with biological oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids, and heavy metals. Energy demands of traditional wastewater-treatment methods are high, and therefore costly. Aerobic bioreactors known as vermifilters are a proven low-energy method of reducing these contaminants in wastewater. The team researched, developed and tested a small-scale vermifiltration process that will scale up to remediate the 500,000 gallons of dairy wastewater per day produced by the sponsor’s plant.