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EPA Grant Number: SU833545
Title: Enhanced Nutrient Removal from On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems
University of Missouri-Columbia students will develop a wastewater treatment system that removes excess nutrients from septic tanks. These excess nutrients, primarily phosphorus and nitrogen, leach into local bodies of water and cause nutrient pollution. This in turn causes growth of algae, which uses up the water’s oxygen. The system will allow the septic tank to produce nutrient rich sludge as a fertilizer for land application.