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Quality Drinking Water with CMERI Technology is now reality in India

Kolkata, Jul 2 (UNI) ‘Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink’, a saying turning to be reality as about half of India is facing drinking water crisis with Chennai and Bengaluru bearing the brunt as monsoon got delayed and arrived without a brimming bucket.
A Niti Aayog report released last year predicted Day Zero for 21 Indian cities by next year. Day Zero refers to the day when a place is likely to have no drinking water of its own. However in India, ground waters of many locations are highly contaminated with iron, arsenic and fluoride. Though Iron is an essential element for human health but the presence of excess iron in ground water creates several problems including health hazards to the masses.
Similarly, long-term exposure to drinking water that contains more than 1.5 ppm fluoride can lead to health problem. Arsenic is also the biggest problem in West Bengal now a days.
So to ease this situation and to serve quality drinking water CSIR-CMERI has come up with technologies to remove these harmful elements from water for the well being of human beings.
CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur has developed three significant technologies related to serve quality drinking water. To dedicate these technologies to the nation CSIR-CMERI has signed an agreement with Sarvo Technologies Limited of Haryana and ISW Industries, Howrah, these two will implement the technologies across the country.

This signing ceremony was attended by Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur; Dr. Biswajit Ruj, Sr. Principal Scientist, CSIR-CMERI; Dr. Priyabrata Banerjee, Sr. Scientist, CSIR-CMERI; Dr. Anjali Chatterjee, Sr. Principal Scientist & Head of Business Development.
Attending this ceremony Prof. Hirani said, “In India groundwater is major source of drinking and agriculture usage. At a number of locations, in rural as well as urban India, contaminants such as Arsenic, Iron, Fluoride in ground water exceed the permissible limits causing severe health hazards.
On top of this, there is continuous depletion of ground water. " This is really alarming and here lies the responsibility of a research organization like us," he added.

To solve such problems, CSIR-CMERI is continuously researching on water conservation as well as water filtration management. Now three technologies are ready for commercialisation and we are transferring those technologies for greater good of Indian society.”
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