New Treatment System to Bring Clean Drinking Water to Rural Community in California

By on February 6, 2020
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Hillview Water in Raymond, California will begin delivering clean drinking water with the installment of a Microvi MNE nitrate treatment system by Microvi Biotech. Hillview Water serves a rural community that has been plagued with high levels of nitrate contamination for years.

Nitrate is one of the most widespread contaminants in groundwater globally and can have significant human health impacts. Its impact is primarily felt in rural communities where groundwater is contaminated with agricultural runoff. According to the California State Water Resources Control Board, 21 million Californians drink water that originated from contaminated groundwater.

“This project represents an opportunity to have a tremendous impact on disadvantaged communities that face high nitrate levels in their drinking water and lack access to clean water,” said Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi, CEO of Microvi. “Microvi MNE is a cost-effective solution that can easily be applied to existing facilities to improve the quality of lives of community members in the Central Valley and around the world.”

Microvi’s solution will allow Hillview Water to use existing infrastructure and staff to implement and maintain the system, providing an affordable solution to a challenge that dominates the Central Valley of California. The system will be a Design, Build, Own, Operate (DBOO) system which will also reduce the cost and risk for the utility.

The Microvi MNE technology uses novel biocatalytic composites (MNE biocatalysts) that intensify and extend the life of biological processes, while maintaining a controlled population of microorganisms at a much higher density than existing technologies. Despite the complexity of the MNE biocatalysts themselves, the design and operation of the systems are simple with no complex process controls. In addition, Microvi MNE does not produce additional solids, and reduces energy and carbon requirements.