Indo-Canadian science programme on clean water technology

The top Indian and Canadian science and technology agencies are collaborating to work on finding technology solutions for clean water


New Delhi: The Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology are collaborating with The India-Canada Centre for Innovation Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS), to promote multidisciplinary research partnerships. Five projects addressing the issue of Clean Water Technologies are being implemented by the Departments at the total cost of Rs 5 crore and 72 lakhs with matched funding from Canada. This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology, Mr Y S Chowdary mentioned in the Parliament recently.

The following technologies are being developed and envisaged as outcomes:

♦ Biosensors for detection of toxins: Impedance-based handheld biosensors for assessment of the water quality and a nanoparticle-based water treatment system to eliminate toxins and microorganisms in water. Toxins which will be detected are cyanotoxin (microcystins, anatoxins) and microorganisms (Enterococcus, Salmonella, Staphylococcus)

♦ Heavy metal detection and removal: Plastic cartridges for color based test monitoring kit for detection of multiplex heavy metal. Developing fixed bed biochar columns to remove heavy metals from waste water

♦ Biorecovery from waste water ( waste to wealth): Integrated pilot-scale 915 MHz MW-AOP for advanced anaerobic digestion system for resource recovery

♦ Survey to identify and explore alternatives in domestic water management: Technology and financial appropriateness of water and wastewater infrastructure in selected cities of India

These Technologies are currently being developed with the aim that these technologies will be implemented in India.  The prior art is available for the technologies being developed. The technologies are being adapted and modified for Indian conditions. Technologies developed will be taken for feasibility studies and shall be implemented on pilot scale within two years.