Since mid 1999 MBR technology is introduced into domestic wastewater treatment in Germany. First wwtps went in operation performing a conventional mechanical treatment (covering screens, grit chambers and grease traps) without any advanced mechanical pre-treatment stage. After a short operation period module-clogging and hence module sludging was observed. Thus, mechanical pre-treatment was upgraded introducing sieves, first of all to reduce hairs and fibrous substances. But today knowledge is relatively poor concerning effectiveness and treatment efficiency of the whole bunch of aggregates that had been brought to market and vary e.g. in gap size and gap geometry. This paper gives the basics of sieving, the current status of mechanical pre-treatment on German municipal MBR plants and exemplifies an investigation to determine treatment efficiency of two different sieve aggregates.

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