Article courtesy of Staff of Staff of Pollution Solutions | June 7th, 2016 | Pollution Solutions | Shared as educational material.
Scientists at Uppsala University in Sweden have found a way to filter viruses out of drinking water in a simple and effective way. The team has managed to create a sheet of paper that filters viruses that normal water treatment methods could not catch. The problem of unclean drinking water has been a big one for the world for quite some time. Near 800 million people do not have access to clean water. These people are vulnerable to a lot of water-borne diseases. Even the most developed nations, like the United States, are suffering from bad water. There have already been a myriad of attempts to filter water, but most are rather expensive. Hence, undeveloped nations do not have the wealth to use them. Developing nations such as those in Africa have little water access. The little access they have is to water that is polluted. The researchers believe that while using chemicals such as chlorine to purify water is somewhat effective, it doesn’t rid water of small viruses. The new “sheet of paper” development, however, strikes this problem. The filter paper is able to trap viruses and keep them from getting in the water system. The scientists hope that their discovery will be used for the betterment of the world’s drinking water problem. This, along with other forms of technology, may help the world get into a new phase of water security. Read more about it by clicking here.