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Project Highlights

  • Sunflowers as big as your head
  • Zinnias that bloom and bloom and bloom
  • Cosmos the size of a small city

The short-term goal of this project is simple: to identify plant species that grow well in treated wastewater, and to inspire a different line of thinking when it comes to what we do with our waste. Longer-term, this project will delve into some of the concerns around re-use of wastewater for growing food crops: Pathogens and Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC’s).

Worldwide, treated wastewater and biosolids are increasingly used for irrigation and fertilization, particularly in arid regions. As easily-accessible clean water dwindles, reuse will become a significantly more common practice.

Contaminants Addressed

  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus

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