Biochar-Geomedia Water Filter for the Colonias, South Texas

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences, Edinburgh, TX

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences, Edinburgh, TX team photo
In the video below, our UTRGV student SWEL (Soil and Water Environmental Lab) team presents a research project titled “Biochar-Geomedia Water Filter for the Colonias, South Texas”. The project reflects the P3 approach: People (disadvantaged community), prosperity (reducing financial burden to the colonias), the planet (beneficial reuse of biomass and geomaterial).

Investigators: Kang, James; Garcia, Carlos; Granados, Paola; Igberase, Victory

EPA P3 Video Presentation

Poster (click to open a full size image): 
Biochar-Geomedia Water Filter for the Colonias, South Texas poster

1) This poster summerizes current findings on aqueous lead (Pb) removal by feedstocks (avocado seed, Aspen bedding, palm tree) and pyrolysis temperature. 2) Up-to-date biochar characterization efforts are presented. 3) Batch adsorption for Pb and filter experiment using biochar-pumice (Pb breakthrough) are presented.