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Lebanese wastewater solution wins global tech innovation contest

The IoT-based solution treats wastewater on-site, negating the need to transport waste and recycled water and uses a series of water tanks that imitate aquatic habitats found in nature.

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Mrüna’s solution aims to revolutionise access to sanitation and recycled water
Mrüna’s solution aims to revolutionise access to sanitation and recycled water

Lebanese tech start-up Mrüna has been judged winner of a new global innovation competition, InfraChallenge, hosted by Australia-based advisory forum Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub).

 

The start-up was declared successful following a live pitch against nine other finalists from the UK, US, Sierra Leone, Australia, Mexico, Singapore and Spain.

 

Wastewater treatment

 

Mrüna’s low-cost, rapid tech solution aims to tackle the economic and social challenges of wastewater treatment with its decentralised nature-based system, BiomWeb.

 

Using IoT, the solution treats wastewater on-site, negating the need to transport waste and recycled water, with a series of water tanks that imitate aquatic habitats found in nature, without the use of added chemicals, desludging, or vast infrastructure investment.

 

Mrüna anticipates that BiomWeb will be adopted by refugee camps and informal settlements, as well as private and public sectors across the world.

“Technology is the new frontier for infrastructure and its importance as a driver for real change and transformation has accelerated since Covid-19”

“The innovative and practical solutions submitted by our top 10 finalists were so impressive and I wish them all the best in progressing their ideas. We were looking for real ideas with real impact and we got them,” said Marie Lam-Frendo, CEO of GI Hub, and InfraChallenge judge.

 

“I congratulate Mrüna on [its] wastewater solution and I’m so proud that InfraChallenge will help to make sanitation more accessible for all. Technology is the new frontier for infrastructure and its importance as a driver for real change and transformation has accelerated since Covid-19.”

 

Delivering on SDGs

 

According to GI Hub, Mrüna’s solution will also help to accelerate the delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 that pursues availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

 

“We are so honoured to be the 2020 InfraChallenge winners and to be representing innovation from Lebanon. The start of Mrüna and BiomWeb was about us looking at the pollution in our rivers and the impact of sanitation on food chains and asking how we could start to do things differently,” added Ben Baseley-Walker, co-founder of BiomWeb.

 

“We’ve strived to have a nature-based system that is simple and accessible to all income brackets, and we are really excited to work with GI Hub and MIT Solve to push it out globally.”

 

As the winner of the InfraChallenge, Mrüna will receive a AUD $50,000 funding package to help implement its pitch, ongoing support from GI Hub and MIT Solve to further develop its solution, as well as exposure to the G20’s Infrastructure Working Group.

 

GI Hub was established by the G20 and works to drive an agenda on sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructure through action-oriented programmes that supports the G20.

 

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