Moses Filter: Solution for Reducing Debris and Pollutants Entering our Sewage System and Oceans
According to the City of Lethbridge (2021), any water that enters the storm drains flows directly from streets into local marine bodies. However, this includes littered waste from our streets. Current storm drains do not prevent many pollutants from entering the ocean and our water system. As a result, almost 100% of waste that comes into our storm drains ends up in our oceans, causing our marine ecosystem to be polluted. Due to a large amount of plastic debris and other pollutants in the ocean, we face significant health, environmental, and economic challenges. Early tests demonstrate that Moses Filter significantly reduces solid debris from entering storm drains, including top-littered items identified by Greenpeace Canada (2020) such as bottles and caps, food wrappers, cups and lids, straws and stir sticks, plastic bags, cutlery, food packaging, etc. By applying immersive visualization methods to the Moses Filter project, we aim to predict, improve on and demonstrate Moses’ capabilities long before its implementation within municipal and private storm drains.