On November 28, NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) small business grantee, Microvi Biotech, Inc. (Microvi) announced that their Microvi MNE technology was selected to treat nitrate contaminated groundwater in the Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD) of Rancho Cucamonga, California. The new nitrate treatment facility has the potential to restore to the community more than two billion gallons of nitrate contaminated groundwater per year.
"More than 200,000 people served by the CVWD will see real economic and public health benefits," said Chief Executive Officer of Microvi Fatemeh Shirazi, Ph.D. "This outcome was only possible by the investment of the NIEHS Small Business Innovation Research program early in our technology development."
Microvi MNE technology provides clean drinking water by converting nitrate in groundwater into nitrogen gas which is safely released into the atmosphere. CVWD selected this technology due to its sustainability, high water recovery rates, and low operating costs. More importantly, independent water quality experts validated the technology, finding that it is highly effective without producing secondary waste.
The project, a collaboration between WesTech Engineering, Inc. and CVWD, is slated to be completed in the Fall of 2019. Microvi MNE technology has been approved by the California Division of Drinking Water and is NSF certified and approved.