Rapid Radicals Technology, a Milwaukee company with a system to stop untreated sewage from being dumped into waterways, took the top prize in this year’s Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Each year, trillions of gallons of untreated sewage are discharged into the Great Lakes due to sewage overflows. The problem affects more than 700 cities nationwide and thousands more globally.

The company’s innovative, municipal-scale technology moves stormwater and wastewater through a conveyance system and safely back into lakes and rivers. The firm is commercializing technology developed at Marquette University.

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