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Toxins found in fracking fluids and wastewater, study shows

08-01-2016

In an analysis of more than 1,000 chemicals in fluids used in and created by hydraulic fracturing (fracking), Yale School of Public Health researchers found that many of the substances have been linked to reproductive and developmental health problems, and the majority had undetermined toxicity due to insufficient information. Further exposure …

Cabinet okays PPP model for wastewater sector under Namami Gange plan

07-01-2016

A new entity will be set up in the coming days to explore and develop new markets for treated wastewater as part of the ambitious Namami Gange Programme which seeks to integrate efforts to clean and protect river Ganga. The Union Cabinet approved a proposal for taking up hybrid annuity-based public-private partnership (PPP) model under Namami …

Water Environment Research Foundation Seeks Proposals for Two Studies on the Impacts of Resource Recovery on Wastewater Treatment Processes

05-01-2016

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has funded significant research on recovery of resources from wastewater systems. Today, WERF seeks to understand how resource recovery practices impact wastewater treatment. WERF will fund research answering whether water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) that operate for enhanced biological …

Industrial zone waste water shows rising pollution

05-01-2016

The level of organic pollutants in waste water at the Hlaing Tharyar and Shwe Pyi Thar industrial zones over the past two years was higher that standard specifications, according to research from the Green Motherland Development Association. The association carried out its research between December 2013 and November 2015. It tested the …

New polymer made of sugar molecules purify water ‘in seconds,’ study says

04-01-2016

US scientists have developed a new polymer that has a unique capacity to remove pollutant substances from water “in seconds.” The discovery could revolutionize the water-purification industry, make the process cheaper, and involve minimum energy.A team of researchers from Cornell University made the breakthrough. The full research has …

Bengaluru may have to be evacuated in a decade if water crisis persists

30-12-2015

When a residential complex near Bellandur Junction recently drilled a borewell, they found water at a depth of 1,050 ft. "This is the sixth borewell we got drilled in 10 years. And we are not sure how long water would last in this one," said Ajith Kaverappa, a resident of the complex that has 60 apartments. Most of the apartment complexes that …

Pressure-Retarded Osmosis as Sustainable Energy Production System Is Crippled by Biofouling, According to New Study by Researchers at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research and Yale University

29-12-2015

Researchers at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Yale University have determined that pressure-retarded osmosis technology is not feasible primarily due to biofouling (the accumulation of organic material as well as different organisms such as algae and bacteria on various surfaces that …

Olympics: Singapore sailors wary of Rio’s troubled waters

29-12-2015

TODAY reports: Singapore's eight Olympic-bound sailors are taking precautions, after disease-causing viruses linked to human sewage was found in Rio's Guanabara Bay. Seven different vaccination jabs - that is just one of several precautionary measures the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) has lined up for the Republic’s eight Olympic-bound …