Project #4936

Determining the Fate and Major Removal Mechanisms of Microplastics in Water and Resource Recovery Facilities

$25,000
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Belinda
Sturm
Research Manager
Ms. Lola Olabode
Contractor
Kansas State University
Resource Recovery
Microplastics
Monitoring
Source & Receiving Waters
Treatment

Abstract

Microplastics (plastics <5mm) have become a major and growing global pollution problem with water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) described as sources for contamination in waterbodies. The purpose of this project is to understand the fate of microplastics across WRRFs, including liquid discharge and biosolids land application, and develop a mitigation strategy for microplastics contamination. The research will formulate national estimates of microplastic releases from WRRF discharges and biosolids application, which will be the first data of its kind.

Originally funded as WERF project WRF-18-02