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Aurecon water treatment experts at Ozwater’15

Ozwater conference 2015

07 May 2015 - Aurecon’s Susan Kitching and Geoff du Toit will be sharing expertise in water treatment at Ozwater '15, to be held on 12-14 May 2015 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The conference, themed ‘water for growth and prosperity’, will bring together national and international speakers and delegates to discuss the latest innovations in the water sector.

Susan Kitching, Associate at Aurecon, is presenting a paper on optimising wastewater treatment plant performance.

Sustainability is a key challenge for water utilities in Australia, as they continue to look for new ways to optimise their existing assets so that they can deliver value for their customers,” Susan said.

“At Ozwater '15, we will be sharing some of the ways we are assisting our clients to achieve this through a systematic approach to improving effluent quality, understanding and maximising capacity and lowering energy consumption,” Susan said.

Geoff du Toit, also an Associate at Aurecon and based in Cape Town, South Africa, will present a paper on a case study of biological oxidation of iron and manganese rich ground waters.

“I am looking forward to networking at Ozwater with the leading minds in water and wastewater in Australia to see where there are opportunities for collaboration between South Africa and Australia,” Geoff said.

Aurecon Water and Wastewater Leader Julian Briggs will be addressing delegates at the welcome networking evening which Aurecon is sponsoring on Monday 11 May 2015 at Adelaide Oval.

Optimising wastewater treatment plant performance - Sydney Water's programme to assess plant capacity and performance

Susan Kitching
Tuesday 12 May 2015, 11:45 – 12:15
Biological Filtration for sustainable treatment of groundwater with high iron content - a case study

Geoff du Toit
Wednesday 13 May 2015, 16:30 – 17:00

About presenters

Susan Kitching

Susan Kitching is an Associate at Aurecon’s Sydney Delivery Centre. Specialising in wastewater process engineering and biosolids treatment, Susan has experience in Australia and the UK spanning feasibility, concept, and detailed design and commissioning. Susan has designed several wastewater plants, including membrane bioreactor and, traditional activated sludge plants. She has expertise in BioWin modelling for the design of wastewater treatment plants and also specialises in biosolids treatment including anaerobic digestion.

About Geoff du Toit

Geoff du Toit is a professional engineer based in Aurecon's purification division in Cape Town. He has eight years of design and project experience with Aurecon in the South African municipal potable water treatment industry. He has designed and commissioned numerous water treatment works and specialises in the coordination of multidisciplinary water treatment projects. He obtained his Master’s Degree from the Water Research Group at the University of Cape Town under the direction of Professor George Ekama where he modelled the steady state performance of activated sludge with membranes for solid liquid separation. Geoff has also worked in the North American wastewater treatment industry with postings in Canada and the United States.


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