Skip to content

A South Dakota Mines graduate student’s invention that could eradicate septic systems around the world

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN)-Dr. Maryam Amouamouha is currently working on her second doctorate 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 working on her first doctorate in environmental engineering, Dr. Amouamouha learned that clean water was not just a Third World problem, but a global problem.

Born in Iran, she started thinking about ways to convert polluted water at the molecular level into clean drinking water. It was then that she produced the anaerobic membrane bioreactor with electrolyte regeneration, better known as AMBER.

Amouamouha says, “There are a lot of small communities in my home country that don’t have access to central sewage systems, and they don’t have access to clean water. So I was thinking if I could build a system that could treat base water for use, for washing purposes, in irrigation. I thought maybe it would be a good idea and it would help these people.

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

The state of South Dakota requires permits before building a home, to ensure septic systems don’t leak 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. Currently. Currently, Amoumouha holds a provisional US patent on AMBER.

The AMBER prototype will be tested in Sioux Falls at the Sioux Steel Company.

Manufacturing could begin in Rapid City as early as this fall with an interactive app so owners can check their device to make sure it’s working properly.

Copyright 2022 KEVN. All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy Designed using Magazine Hoot. Powered by WordPress.