Foundation for Water Research Wastewater Innovation Forum

The Forum (originally the 'FWR Wastewater Research & Industry Support Forum') was established in 1995. It evolved from a major research and development programme partnership funded by the whole of the water industry and saw the emergence of the first edition of the UPM Manual. Many of the planning concepts and tools were new at the time and addressed the major environmental issues arising from urban drainage and wet weather impacts on water quality. Since then there have been two further editions of the manual, the third of which is freely available via the 'UPM' link in the menu above.

Additionally the Forum developed close links with WaPUG (Wastewater Planning Users Group) which now operates as the 'Urban Drainage Group' of CIWEM. FWR published reports of a number of Workshops initiated by WaPUG. Other relevant information is available in the library section of this site, including, for example, the Reviews of Current Knowledge (Rocks).

The remit of the Forum concerns the integrated management of wastewater systems and water quality including:

Presently the Forum meets 3 times a year. The business meeting, which discusses members current work and other developments in the field of Wastwater treatment, is followed by presentations of recent and current work given by invited contributors. An archive of presentations given to the Forum may be found here, or under the 'Meetings' button in the Menu Bar above.

At the most recent meeting the presentations were:-

Tom Stanton, Research Student – University of Nottingham

Microplastic pollution and wastewater treatment: State of knowledge and future directions

The ubiquitous distribution of microplastic pollution in marine environments has been extensively documented over the past decade, however, in recent years continental environments have been recognised as important sources of the marine microplastic problem.

Tom’s research considers the role of atmospheric and freshwater environments in the UK as sources of microplastic pollution and pathways for their transport to the marine environment, as well as how biotic and abiotic factors intercept this transport.

Pratik Desai, Research Associate - University of Sheffield / Research & Innovations Manager – Perlemax Ltd

Hot Microbubble Injection in Thin Layers for Ammonia – Water Separations

Pratik’s research is based on increasing the regeneration performance of the liquid catholyte via microbubbles and plasma activation. Using a fluidic oscillator to generate microbubbles for stripping of ammonia via Microbubble Mediated Ammonia Recovery Processes (MMARP), potentially recovering ammonia as a pure product.