Bacteria Removal from Stormwater Runoff Using Steel Byproduct Filters

Stormwater runoff generated from highways, urban areas, and agricultural settings may contain various pollutants that can deteriorate water quality of receiving water bodies and threaten public health. Escherichia Coli (E. coli) is used as an indicator of bacteriological quality of water. Many surface waters are impaired by E. coli transported from stormwater runoff. It is important to develop effective technologies to remove E. coli from stormwater to improve the surface water quality and protect public health. Media filtration is an emerging stormwater treatment technology that has shown great potential to remove multiple contaminants from non-point source pollution. Recycled steel byproducts are a new group of industrial byproducts that can be used as filtration media for stormwater runoff treatment. The objectives of this project are to evaluate factors that can affect E. coli removal by steel byproduct filters through laboratory column experiments, and to determine the long-term performance of a field scale steel byproduct filter for E. coli removal from stormwater. The results of this project can lead to the development of a low-cost and locally available technology for E. coli removal in stormwater runoff.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $156454
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Tolliver, Denver

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    South Dakota State University
    Brookings, SD  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hua, Guanghui

    Min, Kyungnan

    Schmit, Christopher

  • Start Date: 20190411
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-597

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01702251
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 18 2019 9:54PM