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Integrated System for Water Disinfection and Bacteria Monitoring

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68HERC20C0025
Agency Tracking Number: B191D-0002
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 19-NCER-1D
Solicitation Number: 68HERC19R0052
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-31
Small Business Information
825 North 300 West, NE #300
Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1459
United States
DUNS: 961737421
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Himanshu Sant
 Vice President
 (801) 935-7245
 himanshu.sant@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Bruce Gale
Title: President
Phone: (801) 585-5944
Email: bruce.gale@utah.edu
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Espira Inc. has developed ElectroPur, a modular point-of-use (POU) drinking water disinfection and pathogen sensing system. The ElectroPur system includes an electrocatalytic titanium-based disinfection reactor that inactivates biological pathogens (bacteria, viruses, and protozoa) through the creation of powerful oxidative radicals and a highly sensitive biological sensor that can detect a range of pathogens including E. coli, Cryptosporidium, and norovirus.This project will support the further development and field testing of the ElectroPur system that is necessary for commercialization through achieving the following objectives:1.Optimizing the treatment conditions and residence time to ensure Legionella and mycobacteria are effectively eliminated from drinking water through meeting relevant EPA/NSF standards.2.Determining and improving the detection capability of the biological sensor for pathogenic L. pneumophilla serogroups and M. Avium.3.Scale-up the current ElectroPur design and system for validation at field sites for testing under real world conditions (with corresponding water quality, volumes, etc.). This validation will include product testing and certification of the initial product by NSF International.While there are POU water treatment options available (reverse osmosis, ultra violet light, etc.), our market research has found that these have significant drawbacks including substantial power requirements, expensive equipment and consumables, and can waste a significant amount of water.These drawbacks make currently available POU options very challenging to deploy in off-grid communities or low resource settings that have limited access to power, funding, and water. The ElectroPur system overcomes these limitations and is ideal for use in modular-scale water systems, particularly those that rely on ground or surface water, in off-grid communities, low resource settings, or in emergency situations.

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