Within a 40-foot baby blue shipping container tucked along the sprawling campus of Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District’s South Shore Water Reclamation Facility in Oak Creek, Paige Peters leads a small team looking to revolutionize the way municipalities around the country handle wastewater treatment. 

Peters is the founder and chief technology officer of Milwaukee-based Rapid Radicals, a startup working on perfecting a decentralized wastewater treatment system that can treat water in less than 30 minutes – 16 times faster than conventional treatment. 

Rapid Radicals has been gaining national attention, winning the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest in June and earning a federal Small Business Innovation Research grant in the same month. Since its inception in 2016, the company has received $1.5 million in grant funding. MMSD has continued to submit letters in support of Rapid Radicals as the company has scaled. 

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