MOSCOW, Idaho --- A University of Idaho professor is developing a way to turn wastewater into clean drinking water.

In nine months, professor Greg Moller developed a treatment plan capable of producing sanitized drinking water from Moscow's wastewater treatment plant.

The plant uses Moller's new invention, N-E-W Tech. The system removes organic and mineral contaminants in wastewater. It generates energy while using the minerals it removes to produce fertilizer.

"What we have here is a swiss army knife, a multi tool if you will," Moller said.

In March, the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission awarded Moller and his team a a $427,000 grant for a one-year project.

Blue Water Technologies out of Hayden, Idaho licensed Moller's patents from the Idaho Research Foundation. They have developed water treatment systems in the United States, England and South Korea.