Brenda Vidal
Brenda Vidal

Brenda Vidal

PhD Student position
Luleå University of Technology
Urban Water Engineering
Architecture and Water
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
brenda.vidal@ltu.se
+46 (0)920 493574
F1118 Luleå

Brenda's main research interests are related to sustainable sanitation solutions, with focus on decentralized small scale wastewater facilities.

Her background is in Environmental Sciences in general and Water Resources in particular. During her Master's studies, the focus of her thesis was on sustainable sanitation. She conducted research at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala on blackwater sanitation with urea treatment, in a case study. She carried out the lab work and elaborated a life cycle analysis comparing decentralized blackwater treatment with conventional centralized treatment.

Brenda started her PhD in March 2016 and works with multicriteria analysis by comparing different de-centralized technologies for household´s wastewater according to their sustainability. In her analysis she considers five main criteria with related indicators; environmental, social, economic, health and technological. Moreover, she investigated and sampled already existing small-scale wastewater facilities, where phosphorous filter´s performance and bacteria discharges were analysed.

By using environmental assessment and decision support tools such as multicriteria analysis and by collecting field data, Brenda would like to contribute to the development of knowledge and better understanding of small-scale wastewater systems, their sustainability and resilience in a context of adaptation in a changing world.

Publications

Article in journal

Phosphorus reduction in filters for on-site wastewater treatment (2018)

Vidal. B, Hedström. A, Herrmann. I
Journal of Water Process Engineering, ISSN: 2214-7144, Vol. 22, s. 210-217
Conference paper

What are the drivers to decentralize wastewater treatment systems? (2018)

A Swedish perspective
Vidal. B, Herrmann. I, Sharp. L, Hedström. A
Paper presented at : IWA 15th International Specialised Conferences on Small Water and Wastewater Systems, 14-18 October 2018, Haifa, Israel
Conference paper

An environmental approach to compare on-site sanitation systems (2017)

Vidal. B, Kärrman. E, Hedström. A, Herrmann. I
Paper presented at : IWA joint conference: S2Small International IWA Conference on Sustainable Solutions for Small Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems, Nantes, October 22-26, 2017
Article in journal

Discharge of indicator bacteria from on-site wastewater treatment systems (2017)

Herrmann. I, Vidal. B, Hedström. A
Desalination and Water Treatment, ISSN: 1944-3994, Vol. 91, s. 365-373