At a time when clean and safe drinking water sources are running dry, India might just have found the answer to the crisis.
Scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre have successfully developed a filtration technique that removes the salinity of the seawater.
According to NDTV, this same method can be used to treat groundwater containing arsenic and uranium and make it safe for consumption.
A pilot project which is currently operational in Tamil Nadu’s Kalpakkam processes nearly 6.3 million litre seawater every day. The purified water is now being used at the Kudankulam nuclear reactor.
Even though the water is free of salinity and safe for drinking, it is not yet provided for human consumption.
Several such plants have been installed in Punjab, West Bengal and Rajasthan.
“BARC has developed several membranes, by which, at a very small cost, groundwater contaminated by uranium or arsenic can be purified and make fit for drinking,”KN Vyas, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai told NDTV.
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