New advances in Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR) Modelling

IWA Specialist Group On Modelling and Integrated Assessment EBPR modelling

Target Audience

Modellers and practitioners, consultants, researchers, software developers, plant managers/operators of water resource recovery facilities.


Following the 6th IWA/WEF Water Resource Recovery Modelling Seminar (WRRmod2018), the enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) session was elected through an online survey of IWA Specialist Group on Modelling and Integrated Assessment (MIA) members for a webinar.

Two new models for EBPR systems will be presented, one based on the metabolic approach and the second one based on Activated Sludge Model (ASM)-type model approach. Both models aim to overcome shortcomings of existing models that fail in predicting the behavior of EBPR processes under process upset conditions and of side-stream EBPR higher performance.

The two models will be critically reviewed by practitioners to provide a constructive discussion on the newly implemented processes and usability of the models.

The duration of this webinar is 90 minutes

Learning Objectives

Learning about the main activities and areas supported by IWA MIA SG, especially in the topics of enhanced biological phosphorus removal modelling. The specific learning objectives are:

– Learning objective 1: Gain an overview of existing models for EBPR systems and their limitations
– Learning objective 2: Gain an overview of most recent research in EBPR model development
– Learning objective 3: Understand what the complexity level, applicability and limitations of the new developed models are, and in a general way what are the difficulties in developing new models.


Yves Comeau, Professor École Polytechnique de Montréal (CA) and Mathieu Spérandio, Professor INSA Toulouse (FR)