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Date:2/9/2010

them- each bacterium has a specific function-- and we have engineered a biofilm that is self-regulating and highly efficient at cleaning wastewater."

Holland and his colleagues have tested and demonstrated the systems' capabilities and effectiveness at several municipal and military sites- to the satisfaction of the Army-- by cleaning influent wastewater within 24 hours after set-up to discharge levels that exceed the standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency for municipal wastewater, "leaving less than ten percent of sludge, in most cases less than one percent."

"The typical septic system or traditional waste treatment process can take as long as 30 days and leave 40 to 50 percent sludge," he said.

Part of the recent engineering and component testing were done in partnership with Lamar University and Sul Ross University, Sam Houston State's sister institutions within the Texas State University System.

"The technology is scalable," Sabin said. "We can make the units as large as required for large scale treatment applications, or as small as a single home unit."

The research has been funded over the last three years by U.S. Department of Defense. The first deployable systems have been purchased by the United States Army for use in Afghanistan. The Army's systems will be deployed in rugged terrain and transported by the Army's standard heavy trucks using a standard pallet loading system.

After an extended search for a business partner, Sam Houston State selected a private firm, PCD Inc, of Palestine Texas, to form a limited liability corporation company named Active Water Sciences (AWS), to market, manufacture, sell and further develop the systems.

The University owns a majority interest in the corporation and has licensed the technology to AWS for three years.

"This technology is an elegant, simple system," said Dan Davis, SHSU's associate vice president for research administration and
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Contact: Bruce Erickson
bruce.erickson@shsu.edu
936-294-1833
Sam Houston State University
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