Membrane Technology for Water and Wastewater Treatment Research Group, started in January 2009 at NUST Institute of Environmental Sciences & Engineering (IESE), School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE) under the leadership of Dr. Sher Jamal Khan, Professor at NUST (IESE-SCEE). This group focuses upon aerobic and anaerobic wastewater treatment technologies, membrane based technologies for water reclamation and desalination, solar energy based water treatment systems, Membrane Bioreactors (MBRs), Forward Osmosis (FO), Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Membrane Desalination (MD). Based upon successful lab-scale studies, NUST MBR Plant Plant having the capacity of 50 m3/day was commissioned in January 2016 as shown below:


About 60% of the total water consumption at NUST Main Campus is being recycled by NUST MBR plant and natural wetland systems. The recycled water is used for horticulture purposes.

NUST Main Campus consists of a number of structures which have water absorbing capacity during rainfalls such as porous footpaths which allow percolation of rain water into the ground. Adding to this, three lakes have been developed at NUST H-12 Campus by damming natural streams/nullahs, passing through the NUST Campus, for maintaining the water table for tube well pumping. Number of sports grounds such as cricket ground, futsal ground and saddle club contribute towards groundwater recharge as well. In context to water and wastewater treatment, a number of projects were carried out in NUST Main Campus such as:

  • UNESCO sponsored project “Application of FILTER (Filtration and Irrigated cropping for Land Treatment and Effluent Reuse) Technology for Wastewater Treatment.”

  • “Hydrological and Hydrogeological Assessment of the Mohenjo-Daro World Heritage Site,” (UNESCO, 2012) focused upon understanding the conditions in, under and around the Mohenjo-Daro Site as well as, evaluating the safety of the flood protection works.

  • Injection well, along with piezometer, has been installed at NUST Campus for rainfall harvesting to recharge the underlying groundwater aquifer

  • Recently, NUST has taken new initiative of installing "Water Bubblers" as add on to the existing taps, reducing water consumption by 40%. Such bubblers have been applied in washrooms at all public and students’ hotels. Moreover, the float valve in flush tanks have been reduced to reduce water consumption at every flush.
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