The UC Davis Olive Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service have been awarded a grant to develop innovative approaches to wastewater management and beneficial reuse.

With more than 600 million gallons of wastewater generated per year, the California olive industry is looking to find new ways to save water and reduce discharge fees. Taking it one step further, the UC Davis Olive Center hopes to find ways to harvest beneficial products from the waste streams for use in nutriceuticals.

The project is being spearheaded by Selina Wang, research director for the Olive Center. Wang hopes to develop an approach that enables olive oil producers to reduce their wastewater volumes by up to 90 percent.

Among the technologies being evaluated is the VSEP vibrating membrane system from New Logic Research, an Emeryville company that supplies technology to treat water.

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