Addressing the Environmental Impacts of Chloride in Wastewater Treatment Plant Effluent
Photo courtesy of Bryce Richter/University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program that funds ideas that embody the Wisconsin Idea; the notion that the knowledge and solutions generated at UW-Madison should benefit the people of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. When we learned that our local wastewater treatment plant was dealing with a salt problem, we realized we had the chance to embody the Wisconsin Idea right here in our hometown. Chloride, a major component of salt, is harmful to freshwater aquatic species if the concentration gets too high. Chloride is known to be difficult to remove once it is in the water; a fact that we are planning to change through the development of our desalination battery. By forming partnerships with a local engineering firm, wastewater treatment plant, and pickle plant, we will be able to accelerate the commercialization of our technology to realize the Wisconsin Idea.
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