BEST practice: Grant to fuel Puralytics stormwater devices

The Puralytics team will work with Oregon BEST researchers on a stormwater management project.

An industry-university team has landed a commercialization grant for its solar-activitated stormwater treatment devices.

Beaverton-based Puralytics will use the $53,000 in Oregon BEST money for its systems, which can be used in retaining ponds and ditches along roadways and parking lots. The idea is that the items can keep contaminants from reaching streams.

The technology, which builds on Puralytics SolarBag portable drinking water purification system, can pre-treat stormwater, which would help reduce overflows at municipal treatment facilities during severe weather events.

The SolarBag is a nanotechnology-coated mesh that, when activated by sunlight purifies three liters of water in three hours. The product is apt for both emergency preparedness and backcountry hiking.

Oregon BEST’s funds will help Puryalytics to work with Oregon State University faculty and students in the school’s Institute for Water and Watersheds. Todd Jarvis, an Oregon BEST researcher, is leading the research team.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has expressed interest in the product as it seeks to keep highway surface contaminants such as petrochemicals from entering nearby streams.


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