AFM Eco India project
Access to safe drinking water remains an urgent necessity, 30 % of urban and 90 % of rural households still depend completely on untreated surface or groundwater
- While access to potable water in India has increased over the past decade the tremendous adverse impact of unsafe water on health continues
- It is estimated that about 21 % of communicable diseases in India is water related
- The highest mortality from diarrhoea is said to be among children under the age of five, highlighting an urgent need for focused interventions to prevent diarrhoeal disease in this age group
- According to the World Watch Institute and World Health Organisation, India will be a highly water stressed country from 2020 onwards i.e., less than 1000 m3 of water will be available per person per annume
- Most of India’s rural population (700 million people, > 150,000 villages) are affected by
- Severe water scarcity
- Waterborne diseases caused by microbiological contamination
- Excessive levels of fluoride, nitrates, iron and arsenic in available water, which cause severe health disorders.
ECO-India is a joint collaboration comprising two consortia, funded by the European Commission’s Framework 7 programme (EC-FP7) and the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST), respectively. ECO-India is designed to develop cost-effective approaches for production of potable water and treatment of wastewater, that can be adapted to different institutional and economic contexts across India, Europe and the wider community. The DST consortium, together with Adelphi, will also assess the feasibility of improved monitoring of water networks to enhance control and management. All research activities within the project are targeted at future developments in compliance with the Water Framework Directive 2000/06/EU
Our role in the project is to use AFM® for a drinking water system. The system will deliver 20 m3/day and will be solar powered. AFM®can remove arsenic, however as we understand the molecular structure we are able to use nano technology to focus the AFM® to oxidize and absorb arsenic from the water.