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Team uses ‘garage materials’ at Wastewater Challenge


Sacramento State’s American Society of Civil Engineers Water Treatment Team was among 12 teams that competed at the Water Environment Federation Wastewater Challenge on Sunday, May 22.

The competition challenges Civil Engineering students to design and construct a wastewater treatment system from materials found in a typical garage. It requires teams to treat agricultural runoff from a biosolids compost facility to protect a wetland ecosystem. Materials used included 2-by-4s, 18-gallon plastic recycling totes, sand, weed control fabric, hardware cloth, burlap, rope, PVC pipe, garden hose, steel wire, duct tape, electrical tape, garbage bags and screws. The system was built using a cordless skill saw, a cordless drill, a variety of drill bits, wire cutters and utility knives.

The Wastewater Challenge was held in conjunction with the 25th annual WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference, which this year was held at the Sacramento Convention Center. The competition emphasizes principles of Environmental Engineering, a branch of Civil Engineering.

In addition to Sacramento State, participants included CSU Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Colorado State University, New Mexico Tech, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, the University of Southern California, Washington State University and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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