Microplastics and sewage treatment systems of Victoria's South East Water

12.00pm — 1.00pm AEDT, 02 February 2023
Webinar Only


Understand the fate and transport of microplastics in the three sewage treatment systems of South East Water and the challenges and research needed to curtail the problem.

Microplastic pollution is gaining increasing attention around the world. Microplastics (plastic particles <5 mm) contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment and human health and can easily bond with various environmental toxins. Sewage treatment plants are one of the pathways of microplastics that enter the environment, as they can get into the water and soil through effluent and sludge.

However, sewage treatment plants can play an important role in blocking microplastics and reducing their negative environmental impact. Although the existing wastewater treatment technologies were not originally developed with microplastic pollution in mind, many of them can be effective in removing microplastics during the treatments.

 From this presentation you will learn about the:

  • state of knowledge on the fate and transport of microplastics in sewage treatment systems
  • results of a recent study on the three Victorian water recycling plants that utilise conventional activated sludge or lagoon-based treatment processes
  • performance of each treatment system in removing the microplastics (size range of 20 μm-5 mm), particularly the lagoon-based treatment, which has rarely been reported previously.

About the speaker

Associate Professor Linhua Fan
Chemical and Environmental Engineering, RMIT University

Linhua is an Associate Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at RMIT University. He has over 20 years of experience conducting R&D projects funded by the water industry and is currently affiliated with the International Water Association (IWA) and Engineers Australia (EA). Linhua’s primary areas of expertise include water quality management, and water and wastewater treatment. He is particularly interested in studying the fate and control of emerging contaminants, such as microplastics in water and wastewater systems. Linhua has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles in water-related areas.


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02 February 2023
01.00pm AEDT
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