Microvi Awarded Contract for Highly Efficient Phosphorus Removal Technology
Dec. 7, 2016 – Microvi has been awarded a competitive project from the US Environmental Protection Agency to further develop its technology to remove nutrients in water that can threaten the environment and human health, the company announced today.
Microvi’s technology uses specialized natural organisms to remove an unprecedented amount of phosphorus from any body of water, including wastewater, to below 0.1 mg/L phosphorus. It also enables recovery of the nutrient so it can be converted into agricultural fertilizer.
“Microvi’s phosphorus removal technology helps meet a critical need across the United States and the world,” said Microvi CEO Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi. “Microvi invites municipalities, agencies and companies to join us as we continue to build this effective phosphorus treatment solution.”
Nutrients in water and wastewater pose serious threats to human health and can cause oxygen depletion in lakes and oceans, known as “dead zones,” that affect marine life. Nutrients like phosphorus can also lead to toxic algal blooms, such as those that have occurred in the Great Lakes and have led to the shutdown of drinking water supplies.
The US EPA estimates that about 14,000 water bodies are affected by nutrient pollution in the United States. As much as $4.3 billion each year is lost in property value, recreational opportunities, wildlife and drinking water quality due to nutrient pollution.
Microvi’s technology will help reduce the hundreds of millions of dollars that would otherwise be necessary to upgrade existing facilities for phosphorus removal.
Microvi is a green technology company based in the San Francisco Bay Area that delivers next-generation biotechnologies for the water, wastewater and renewable chemical industries. Microvi offers commercial technologies around the world to reduce waste, increase productivity and provide disruptive economics across the value chain. Learn more at www.microvi.com.
Karin Kidder, VP of Marketing