IARI develops water treatment plant using farm waste

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The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), has collaborated with four universities from India and Canada, who are working to develop a cost-effective water treatment plant that uses agricultural waste to remove heavy metals and other pollutants.

Apart from the IARI, 4 universities -Lovely Professional University in Punjab, Amrita University in Tamil Nadu along with McGill University and Guelph University from Canada are collaborating to build this project.

Neeta Raj Sharma, Chief of Bioengineering & Biosciences department at Lovely Professional University revealed that the innovative floodplain system will be optimised at a pilot level at Buddha Nallah in Ludhiana. A?

The system will include floodplain filtration technique, using plants and microbes, apart from rice husk, for purifying water, which though will not be portable but can be used for other purposes like irrigation.

An India-Canada research centre has honoured Rs 4.5 crore for the ‘green technology’ project that is being developed as an alternative to normal sewage treatment plants.

The India-Canada Centre for Innovation Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) was established for collaboration between the two countries in scientific research.

The Union Ministry of Science and Technology had tied up with IC-IMPACTS, to promote multidisciplinary research partnerships addressing the issue of clean water technologies at a cost of Rs 572 lakh with matched funding from Canada.