Treatment rates are still low in many developing countries.
Feb. 23, 2021 • ~6 min
Using a bacterial strain from mangroves, researchers have uncovered a low-cost, sustainable way to produce bioplastics from sewage sludge and wastewater.
Dec. 15, 2020 • ~7 min
A new method not only detects viral infections like COVID-19 in wastewater but also tracks whether the infection rates are trending up or down.
Dec. 14, 2020 • ~8 min
Testing sewage can give school districts, campuses and businesses a heads-up on the spread of COVID-19
As the world waits for vaccines against COVID-19, testing wastewater can give communities and smaller locales, such as school districts, valuable signals about infections trends.
Nov. 24, 2020 • ~11 min
Secondhand clothing sales are booming – and may help solve the sustainability crisis in the fashion industry
Fast fashion is far from green. But the rapid expansion of online clothing resale platforms could help shrink the garment industry's negative impact on the environment.
Nov. 16, 2020 • ~7 min
COVID-19 clues in a community's sewage: 4 questions answered about watching wastewater for coronavirus
Sewage surveillance is one technique that can alert authorities to the presence of a pathogen in the community. An environmental engineer explains the state of the science when it comes to SARS-CoV-2.
Aug. 31, 2020 • ~8 min
Adding a graphene "wrap" to an exisitng "trap and zap" strategy does a better job and destroying antibiotic-resistant bacteria in wastewater treatment.
July 27, 2020 • ~5 min
The biofilms that cling to sewer walls often contain harmful, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and can withstand standard treatment to disinfect sewers, research finds.
July 6, 2020 • ~4 min
Recycling wastewater to make it drinkable again could drastically slash cities' need for fresh water resources, researchers report.
April 28, 2020 • ~6 min
A technology researchers originally developed to treat wastewater could potentially be useful in capturing and killing the coronavirus.
April 24, 2020 • ~3 min