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: