One South Dakota Mines graduate student’s invention that could eradicate Septic systems across the world

FAST CITY, SD (KEVN) -Dr. Maryam Amouamouha is currently working on her second PhD at South Dakota Mines in Biological and Chemical Engineering. She is working on AMBER, a water filtration system that could replace septic tanks around the world.

While studying for her first PhD in Environmental Engineering, Dr. Amouamouha that clean water is not just a third world problem, it is a global problem.

Born in Iran, she started brainstorming how polluted water could be transformed into clean drinking water at the molecular level. Back then they produced Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor with Electrolytic Regeneration, better known as AMBER.

Amouamouha explains: “In my home country there are many small communities that do not have access to central sewage systems and they do not have access to clean water. So I thought if I could build a system that could treat groundwater for use, for washing purposes, in irrigation. I thought maybe that would be a good idea and would help these people.”

With housing shortages across the state, AMBER would be a solution by providing compost for gardens, methane to heat homes, and clean water. This would allow for a more cost-effective housing solution.

The state of South Dakota requires permits before building a home to ensure septic tank systems do not spill into local waterways like Rapid Creek

With the help of private and public investors, more than 180,000,000 has been invested in AMBER, the water filtration system that could soon replace septic tanks. For now. Currently, Amoumouha has a US provisional patent on AMBER.

The prototype for AMBER is tested in Sioux Falls at the Sioux Steel Company.

Production in Rapid City could begin as early as this fall, along with an interactive app that homeowners can use to check their device to make sure it’s working properly.

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