wastewater treatment

Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

It's not easy to break down compounds such as mineral oils, paints, and organic solvents in wastewater, but a group from Germany believe they have found a way. To remove these tricky materials from the

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Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

Image of woman sitting on a toilet via Shutterstock Across the globe, access to clean water and renewable sources of energy are in constant demand and we have curated a slew of interesting solutions.

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Green-Roofed Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility Uses its Own Wastewater for Irrigation in California

Green-Roofed Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility Uses its Own Wastewater for Irrigation in California

The Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility living roof irrigated with the building's wastewater covers two buildings and an area of approximately 12,174 square feet. Located in an area prone to droughts,

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Scientists Use Microbes to Turn Poo into Hydrogen

Scientists Use Microbes to Turn Poo into Hydrogen

Scientists at Newcastle University have created a process that uses microbes to not only process sewage at treatment plants, but to then produce hydrogen gas as a renewable energy source. In collaboration

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Solar Geodesic Dome-Covered Cob House Rises in the Far Reaches of Norway

Solar Geodesic Dome-Covered Cob House Rises in the Far Reaches of Norway

Ardent followers of permaculture, the couple and their three children are lucky to be surrounded by a host of like-minded families who often come by to help with the building. They are also vegetarians,

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Off-Grid Storm Cottage is a Solar-Powered Timber Box on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

Off-Grid Storm Cottage is a Solar-Powered Timber Box on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

Clad in black rough sawn timber that makes the home fit in so beautifully with its bucolic surroundings, the Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects has operable metal screens that are perforated. These

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Patrick Nadeau’s Green Waters Bathroom Uses Hanging Plants to Treat Greywater

Patrick Nadeau’s Green Waters Bathroom Uses Hanging Plants to Treat Greywater

Every time we flush a toilet, we send gallons of water through a bevy of pipes until they reach the local municipal wastewater treatment plant. There the water is treated with all kinds of often

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Poop-Fueled Batteries May Be Available for Home Use in 5 Years

Poop-Fueled Batteries May Be Available for Home Use in 5 Years

Raw sewage stinks, but did you know it is actually a hot commodity? Gaseous wastewater has the potential to be converted into energy-packed biofuel, powering city facilities worldwide. Soon, that noxious

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Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water

Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water

Texas is in the midst of a drought so severe that local water management teams have decided to distribute reclaimed wastewater (aka urine). From toilet to tap, the treated wastewater will be mixed with

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Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Each of the hubs scattered throughout Port-au-Prince have a series of facilities that ensure high sanitation standards even during natural disasters. Each facility provides space for hand and foot

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Nestlé Innovation Lab Is a High-Tech Willy Wonka Candy Factory In Mexico

Nestlé Innovation Lab Is a High-Tech Willy Wonka Candy Factory In Mexico

As the historic city center of Queretaro, Mexico has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, development around the city must conform to certain standards to protect the heritage of the area.

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Breezy Bamboo Community for India Pays Homage to Local Culture

Breezy Bamboo Community for India Pays Homage to Local Culture

Great emphasis is put on shared spaces for a community that is accustomed to a vibrant street life. Areas that might be devoted to individual terracing (in a western context) are designed instead to

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Research Finds Banana Peels Can Efficiently Remove Toxic Metals From Wastewater

Research Finds Banana Peels Can Efficiently Remove Toxic Metals From Wastewater

A group of Brazilian scientists found that minced banana peels can remove toxic metals from wastewater up to 20 times better than some commonly used materials.

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Researchers Use Algae to Treat Wastewater and Generate Biofuel

Researchers Use Algae to Treat Wastewater and Generate Biofuel

Algae is much more than that pesky goo in your fish tank - researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology are now using algae grown at wastewater treatment plants to synthesize biodiesel. Wastewater

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Wastewater Treatment Plant In San Francisco Is a Gorgeous Indoor Wetland

Wastewater Treatment Plant In San Francisco Is a Gorgeous Indoor Wetland

The new office building of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will use a Living Machine constructed wetland to clean its wastewater.

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Sewage Eating ‘Poo-Gloos’ Clean Wastewater

Sewage Eating ‘Poo-Gloos’ Clean Wastewater

Bio-Domes offer an affordable, sustainable way to clean up sewage just as effectively as multimillion-dollar treatment facilities. Designed by Kraig Johnson of Wastewater Compliance Systems, the

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Olympia’s New Water Education Center Aims for LEED Platinum

Olympia’s New Water Education Center Aims for LEED Platinum

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculated that the total energy spent nationwide to supply drinking water and process waste-water releases 116 billion pounds of carbon dioxide

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Nanotechnology Makes Poop Power 20 Times More Efficient

Nanotechnology Makes Poop Power 20 Times More Efficient

Engineers at Oregon State University have their minds in the gutter. They're working on getting more energy from sewage, and they've made a discovery that boosts electricity production substantially. By

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