This study focused on the treatment performance of membrane-coupled organic acid fermentor (MOF) with intermittent reciprocal air/ozone backwashing for the keeping of high permeation flux as well as for the effective recovery of dissolved organics from municipal sewage sludge. Intermittent reciprocal air/ozone backwashing was effective for membrane fouling reduction. When MOF was operated under the conditions of pH 5.5, hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 2 days and 20 days of solids retention time (SRT), most favourable fermentation efficiency was attained. Great inhibition for acid producing by intermittent reciprocal air/ozone backwashing was not observed during long-term operation. MOF with intermittent reciprocal air/ozone backwashing is believed to be an effective system for the recovery of organic matter from municipal sewage sludge and membrane fouling reduction.

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