AWS Leads The Way to Educate Future Environmental Engineers

The AWS containerized system at NMSU is capable of treating up to 7,200 gpd.

The AWS containerized system at NMSU is capable of treating up to 7,200 gpd.

Education is key for future generations of environmental engineers that will eventually upgrade the current infrastructure and protect our future water supplies. New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Dona Ana Community College (DACC) have developed an award-winning water technology program designed to educate future operators and environmental engineers on the technical competencies needed in the water and wastewater industry.  With a high demand for wastewater technicians and a low supply of them nationwide, NMSU decided to train them through adding a custom, dual process train wastewater treatment system at DACC. The intent is to provide a resource that gives students a hands-on application from which to learn from, troubleshoot against, and implement operational methods they will encounter later in their careers.  

Active Water Solutions (AWS) was asked by NMSU to design a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that was capable of treating 7,200 gallons per day of domestic wastewater, utilizing two distinctly different process trains in the same system for the water technology educational program.  One process train utilizes submerged fixed bed bioreactor (SFBBR) technology while the second train, running simultaneously, utilizes the conventional activated sludge (AS) technology. 

Having both process trains within one containerized wastewater treatment plant provides a platform for future operators and environmental engineers to directly compare the differences in functionality, procedures, and effectiveness between fixed-bed and extended aeration treatment methods. The system has been in operation since the summer of 2017 and is thus far exceeding expectations for the purpose intended.   

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