We now treat half the world's wastewater – and we can make inroads into the other half

Treatment rates are still low in many developing countries.

Edward Jones, PhD Candidate, Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University • conversation
Feb. 23, 2021 ~6 min

Mangrove bacteria turns sludge into bioplastics

Using a bacterial strain from mangroves, researchers have uncovered a low-cost, sustainable way to produce bioplastics from sewage sludge and wastewater.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Wastewater testing tracks COVID infection trends

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.

Michelle Horton-Stanford • futurity
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.

Robert Glennon, Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy, University of Arizona • conversation
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.

Cosette Marie Joyner Armstrong, Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising, Oklahoma State University • conversation
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.

Kyle Bibby, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Notre Dame • conversation
Aug. 31, 2020 ~8 min

‘Wrap, trap, and zap’ kills superbugs in wastewater

Adding a graphene "wrap" to an exisitng "trap and zap" strategy does a better job and destroying antibiotic-resistant bacteria in wastewater treatment.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~5 min

Drug-resistant bacteria lurk in sewer biofilms

The biofilms that cling to sewer walls often contain harmful, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and can withstand standard treatment to disinfect sewers, research finds.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~4 min

Recycled wastewater could make city water better

Recycling wastewater to make it drinkable again could drastically slash cities' need for fresh water resources, researchers report.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~6 min

Can we ‘trap and zap’ the coronavirus?

A technology researchers originally developed to treat wastewater could potentially be useful in capturing and killing the coronavirus.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~3 min