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New Paper on Nanotechnology, Water, and Development

Summary posted by Meridian on 7/4/2006

Source: Meridian Institute

Author(s): Mohan Munasinghe, Thembela Hillie, Mbhuti Hlope, Yvani Deraniyagala

Meridian Institute’s ongoing Dialogue on Nanotechnology and the Poor: Opportunities and Risks (GDNP) has commissioned a new paper entitled “Nanotechnology, Water, and Development” that explores the scale and significance of water and sanitation problems in developing countries, the broad array of challenges associated with improving access to water, and the possible opportunities and risks of using nanotechnology to address these challenges. In 2002, 1.1 billion people lacked access to a reliable water supply and 2.6 billion people lacked access to adequate sanitation, resulting in the death of 4,500 children a day due to waterborne diseases. Developing countries depend on water and require sustainable management of water resources in order to maintain economic, social, and environmental functions it provides for the livelihood of their people. For these reasons, nanotechnology for water purification has been identified as a high priority area because water treatment devices that incorporate nanoscale materials are already available and human development needs for clean water are pressing. The paper provides detailed information about specific nanotechnology-based water treatment technologies that are in development or already commercially available. It also provides case studies of conventional and nanotechnology-based filtration methods used in Bangladesh and South Africa. The paper can be viewed online at the link below.

The original article may still be available at http://www.merid.org/nano/waterpaper

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