Rapid Radicals Technology LLC, a Milwaukee-based wastewater treatment firm that developed a system to prevent sewer overflows during storms, was the grand prize winner of the 19th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, according to a June 2 press release from the Wisconsin Technology Council.

The company’s treatment system is decentralized and combines rapid solids removal with an advanced oxidation process to remove organics and disinfect harmful bacteria and viruses. It can treat wastewater in less than 30 minutes compared with the eight hours it usually takes.

The system can be installed at wastewater treatment plants, at sewer outfall locations or in mobile units for disaster relief situations.

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