Sustainable partial nitrification to nitrite has been proven difficult in treating low strength nitrogenous wastewater. Real-time aeration duration control was used to achieve efficient partial nitrification to nitrite in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) to treat low strength domestic wastewater. Above 95% nitrite accumulation ratio was maintained for long-term operation at normal condition. Partial nitrification established by controlling aeration duration showed good performance and robustness even though some time encountering long-term extended aeration. Process control enhanced the successful accumulation of ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB) and washout of nitrite oxidizing bacteria (NOB).