Although an essential element for living cells, Phosphorus can have serious environmental effects when found in natural or engineering environments.
Major sources of Phosphorus pollution can come from wastewater effluent, commercial chemicals and agricultural waste. Phosphorus minerals, such as struvite and vivianite, can precipitate and form scales in drinking water and wastewater systems.
Although these minerals are problems when left uncontrolled and unmonitored, their recovery is beneficial.
With limited Phosphorus sources...