Aqua Vectors

Drink it up: LI nitrate-buster earns NSF grant

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Science Foundation is backing a Long Island innovator’s efforts to remove nitrates from wastewater – potentially, an enormous win for regional aquifers and surface waters. Northport-based Aqua Vectors Inc., a 2010 startup trying to create new clean-water technologies based on a patent-pending electrolytic detoxification method, has received a $224,500 NSF stipend aimed at speeding the new tech to market. Long Island water-quality issues made headlines again this week when…


A thirst to get electrolytic detoxification to market

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’ve heard the grim news: Nitrates, phosphates, arsenates and pharmaceuticals are migrating to local rivers and lakes and ultimately to the Island’s underground aquifers of fresh water. Look no further than the massive – and officially unexplained – June kill that left thousands of dead bunker fish floating in the Peconic River, says Mark Hopkinson, president and cofounder of Northport-based Aqua Vectors Inc. Or the frequent swimming restrictions at Northport Harbor…