The Challenges and Opportunities to Address Contaminants in Wastewater

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm

MIT Stata Center, 32-155 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA

Wastewater systems were designed to treat human organic waste. However, as the waste generated by our society has increased in complexity, so have the challenges of handling it. Pathogens, nutrients, metals, pharmaceuticals, and microplastics are some of the most threatening contaminants in our wastewaters. This expert panel will address which contaminants are of highest priority, whether treatment options are available, and the trade-offs and opportunities involved. Wastewater treatment is highly varied, reflecting more than a century of solutions developed in response to different geographic settings. Communities along coastlines, on the prairies, in urban settings, and in remote locations face different challenges in addressing this common concern.


Phil Guerin, Director of Water & Sewer Operations, City of Worcester
Marisol Labrecque, President, Technologies ECOFIXE
Dr. Preston McEachern, Founder and CEO, PurLucid Treatment Solutions
John Sullivan, Chief Engineer, Boston Water & Sewer Commission


Michael Murphy, Director of Water Innovation, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center


5:30 - 6:00pm -  Registration
6:00 - 7:15pm - Panel discussion
7:15 - 8:00pm - Networking Reception

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Sustainability, Entrepreneurship

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Public, MIT Community, Students




MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge


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