Membrane Electro-Bioreactor for Small Wastewater Treatment Systems

  • M. Elektorowicz
  • S. Ibeid
  • A. Belanger
  • J. A. Oleszkiewicz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 4)


Membrane electro-bioreactor (MEBR) was tested in pilot scale to evaluate its suitability to treat low wastewater flowrates in remote locations. The system treated municipal wastewater with highly variable, continuously changing concentrations of COD, ammonia and phosphorous. The MEBR combining biological, electrokinetic and membrane filtration processes allowed achievement of 90-99% of phosphorous, COD, and nitrogen. The results confirmed that MEBR could be applied to self–sustained building, separate dwellings, and in remote locations. It would be capable in substituting septic tanks, and used for mobile septage pre-treatment. It can be implemented in small and medium size municipalities, villages, mining or military camps as well as remote aboriginal population reserves.


Wastewater treatment Electro-bioreactor Nutrient removal 



The authors would like to acknowledge Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for supporting this research through Idea to Innovation program awarded to Drs. M. Elektorowicz and J. Oleszkiewicz.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Elektorowicz
    • 1
  • S. Ibeid
    • 1
  • A. Belanger
    • 1
  • J. A. Oleszkiewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Building, Civil and Environmental EngineeringConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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