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Moores Creek Wastewater Treatement Plant


The Moores Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is managed by the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority. The purpose of the water treatment plant is to use bacteria to purify waste water so it can be released back to the public. The bacteria process the waste and by extension purify the water. However, these bacteria need food, so every year the plant purchases $250,000 worth of food in order to feed these bacteria. Our idea is to use different bacteria to produce a bioplastic called PHB, which the bacteria that purify the waste water could use as food, and thus save the city $250,000 on the Moores plant and potentially apply to other WWTPs around the country.