water-glass-of.jpgOrange County – U.S. Patent No. 8,012,352 recently issued to American Water Works Company for “Optimized Nutrient Removal from Wastewater.”  American Water is the largest public water utility company in the United States, servicing more than 16 million Americans in 32 states.

American Water believes that the new patented process will significantly decrease the energy costs associated with wastewater treatment.   Currently, the nutrient removal process is expensive, complicated and not necessarily environmentally friendly.   The new process allows for the sustainable removal of nutrients from water without the addition of carbon.  For more information click here: American Water Receives Patent for Wastewater Treatment Process.