Amidst drought, scientists produce 6.3 million litres of drinkable water

May 06, 2016, 14:43 IST | A Correspondent

Even as various states in the country are battling severe drought, scientists in Tamil Nadu's Kalpakkam have managed to devise a way to produce potable water from sea water.

According to a report on NDTV, these scientists are managing to make 6.3 million litre of drinkable water every day.

The scientists have developed filtration methods due to which even groundwater containing arsenic and uranium are being made safe to drink.

The pilot plant has been built at Kalpakkam by scientists of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). The report further states that the scientists use waste steam from a nuclear reactor to purify seawater.

KN Vyas, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, informed NDTV that several 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,” Dr Vyas was quoted as saying by the website.

These scientists have also made household water purifiers that are being marketed in drought-hit Marathwada, the report added.

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