CSIR-CMERI develops technology for quality drinking water
Kolkata, July 02 (PTI) With water scarcity looming large
across the globe, CSIR and Central Mechanical Engineering
Research Institute (CMERI) of Durgapur on Tuesday announced
the development of new technologies for supply of quality
India is facing drinking water crisis and a Niti Aayog
report has predicted that 21 cities of the country would have
no drinking water of its own by next year.
Director of CSIR-CMERI Harish Hitani said that the new
technologies developed are based on the principles of
oxidation, precipitation and filtration. They do not require
electric power and are completely green.
The technpologies developed by CSIR-CMERI would be
transferred to two private companies based in Haryana and
Howrah in West Bengal.
"We have developed three technologies for serving
quality drinking water from groundwater sources which is free
from of contaminations arising out from the presence of iron,
arsenic and fluoride", he told a news conference here.
Groundwater is a major source of drinking and
agricultural usage in the country. But at a number of
locations, contaminants such as arsenic, iron and fluoride in
ground water exceed the permissible limits causing severe
health hazards, he said.
"To solve such problems, CSIR-CMERI is continuously
researching on water conservation as well as water filtration
management. The technologies developed are ready for
commercialisation". PTI dc