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Industry-Academic Exchange Fellow wins international award

Professor Karl Linden of the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Fellow with the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, has won the 2014 WateReuse Person of the Year at the WateReuse Association’s 2014 Symposium in Dallas, Texas.

As well as being a leader in research and education in the area of water reuse for over a decade, Prof. Linden has a long history of working with and supporting industry. Prof. Linden was nominated for the award by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence and Melbourne Water due to his expertise in advanced disinfection and oxidation processes, which he has applied to the Western Corridor Advanced Treatment Scheme in Queensland, and used to help gain approval from the Victorian Department of Health for Melbourne Water’s reuse applications.

“Professor Linden has worked with Melbourne Water on two of Victoria’s largest recycling projects. His work included publishing results on a surrogate for virus inactivation by ozonation of secondary effluent. This research has supported the implementation of a 400 million litres per day Class A recycled system at the Eastern Treatment Plant. He also assisted with re-validation of UV for treatment of unfiltered secondary effluent from an extensive activated sludge-lagoon treatment plant. After chlorination, the 80 million litres per day recycled water from the Western Treatment Plant is used for salad crop irrigation,” explained Melbourne Water’s Dr Judy Blackbeard.

Dr Mark O’Donohue, CEO of the AWRCOE, in Dallas to present a workshop to US regulators, and utility and private enterprise representatives, was on hand to see Prof. Linden receive his award.

“Karl has contributed to the national framework for validating water recycling technologies being developed in Australia, and will provide information on this new approach to our US counterparts. We congratulate him on receiving this award; it is much deserved recognition for the contribution he has made to water recycling over his career, and we look forward to continuing to work with him on water technology and validation projects.”


Videos presented at the awards ceremony are available on the videos and presentations page of our website.

For interviews contact:

Dr Mark O’Donohue, CEO, AWRCOE, 0457 929 824

[Note: Dr O’Donohue is currently travelling in the US to attend the award ceremony; he returns to Australia on Tuesday 16 September]

For assistance with organising interviews contact:

Corinna Lange, Communication Coordinator, AWRCOE, 0417 197 751


About the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence

The Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence enhances the management and use of water recycling through industry partnerships, builds capacity and capability within the recycled water industry, and promotes water recycling as a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable option for Australia’s water security. The Australian Government has provided $20 million to the Centre through its National Urban Water and Desalination Plan to support applied research and development projects which meet water recycling challenges for Australia’s irrigation, urban development, food processing, heavy industry and water utility sectors.