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Indian-Origin Researchers at York University in Toronto find ‘sweet’ solution to Purify Contaminated Water

The paper strip solution called "DipTreat" is laced with sugar to kill E. coli bacteria in contaminated water

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Toronto, Nov 15, 2016: Indian-origin researchers at York University in Toronto have developed a solution for water treatment that uses only naturally available antimicrobial substances and sugar.

The paper strip solution called “DipTreat” is laced with sugar to kill E. coli bacteria in contaminated water.

“We were able to efficiently remove almost 90 percent of bacteria by dipping the special paper strip, DipTreat, in contaminated water samples,” said one of the researchers Sushanta Mitra.

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The discovery will be key to developing a new generation of inexpensive and portable water treatment devices, with human health benefits around the world – from the far north of Canada to the remote villages of India, Mitra said.

“Now with DipTreat, we have learned it will take less than two hours to fish, trap and kill E. coli in water,” Mitra, Professor at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering.

While using porous paper strips to trap the bacterial cells, for killing, the researchers used an antimicrobial agent extracted from the seeds of moringa — commonly known as drumstick or horseradish tree.

As a result, the DipTreat solution for water treatment uses only naturally available antimicrobial substances and sugar, with minimal environmental and health impact.

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Currently, popular water treatment systems use silver nanoparticles and clays, whose long term impact on human health is yet to be fully understood, according Mitra.

So far, DipTreat is effective for small quantities of water. For example, someone who is hiking can collect a glass of water and then dip the paper strips to purify it before drinking.

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The researchers believe that the invention could lead to a much greater impact.

Published in the journal Environmental Science Water Research & Technology, the study is co-authored by Mitra, Saumyadeb Dasgupta and Naga Siva Gunda. (IANS)

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The Popular Recycled Wastewater Treatment Plants Get a Go Signal in India

From toilet to tap, the future of drinking water is here. After Singapore and Orange County USA, India to adopt recycled wastewater treatment system

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Wastewater Treatment Plant. Pixabay
  • Delhi to get India’s first ever recycle wastewater treatment plant, after it became significantly popular in Singapore and Orange County
  • Sujala Dhara plant set up by Absolute Water, in collaboration with Delhi Jal Board and SANA
  • Non-potable use of the treatable water to be promoted extensively by Delhi Government

New Delhi, August 3, 2017: The capital has been suffering a water crisis for a while now, it was only a while back that a report warned the residents that 70 percent of the water in the capital was polluted and unfit to drink. After the spike in the industrial pollutants in the Yamuna river forced the Delhi Jal Board to take action by cutting 50 percent of water supply from two major water plants in Delhi.

After the reports were verified, it was evident that most of the water that the locals were consuming was diluted wastewater. There have been many short term preventive measures already been taken but in the long run, people are still unwilling to consume the recycled wastewater, even though half of the consumption currently is polluted by industrial and chemical waste.

The founder of Third World Center for Water Management said in an interview that, in Singapore, over 50 lakh residents have accepted it as a solution. Dependent on Malaysia for up to 50 percent of its water, Singapore decided that it was better to be self-reliant. With this ‘NEWater treatment plants’, it has not only managed that but also become a hub for advanced water research. A similar effort is also being done on an extensive scale in Orange County Water District in the US.

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Rahul Jha of Absolute Water, the water wing of Chemical System Technologies says that “Astronauts do it abroad stations”, Absolute Water develops technology which renders wastewater into potable water. In collaboration with Delhi Jal Board and Social Awareness, Newer Alternatives (SANA) they have established a plant called Sujala Dhara, at the Keshopur Sewage Treatment Plant in July 2015. At a cost of Rs 55 lakh, this plant can produce over 4000 liters of clean water every hour. The plant will be monitored by Delhi Jal Board, while agencies like Central Pollution Control Board have already given it a go.

The wastewater purification process not only reduces the waste discharged into the river bodies but also amounts to 15 percent of raw water remaining after purification, which is rich in nutrients like potassium and nitrogen and can be used as a liquid fertilizer. Even though the people are not yet accepting of this method of purification in India, and the practice won’t be as widely popular as it is in Singapore but the recycled water can be used for domestic needs.

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Work is initiated to supply the plant water to Keshopur Bus Depot for washing vehicles. The water will also be provided to the residence of Delhi Jal Board officials who live close to it, and where work on the dual piping system is proposed. So, two completely separate systems will be used to supply potable and recycled water to the users.

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While there isn’t much heat on the aggressive consumption of recycled wastewater for drinking, but the Delhi’s Master Plan 2021 is already underway to promote extensive use of treated water for non-potable purposes.

Prepared by Nivedita Motwani. Twitter @Mind_Makeup


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“Rally for Rivers” Campaign: To Restore the Depleting River Flow in India

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Rally for Rivers Campaign is organised by Isha Foundation. Wikimedia
  • The Rally for Rivers Campaign is an initiative of Isha Foundation, headed by Sadhguru
  • It is a campaign about the rivers of the country and the need for water protection and security
  • The Isha Foundation has laid out a Comprehensive River Rejuvenation plan to reform the state of rivers in India

July 28, 2017: The Isha Foundation, headed by Sadhguru, is organizing the Rally for Rivers Campaign. The initiative is formulated as an effort to raise awareness.

As Sadhguru had said about the campaign, “This is not a protest. This is not an agitation. This is a campaign to raise awareness that our rivers are depleting. Everyone who consumes water must Rally For Rivers.”

Unlike other movements, the Rally for Rivers is not to question or complain. Rather, it offers solutions. The Isha Foundation has designed a Comprehensive River Rejuvenation plan to restore the depleting rivers.

The Indian Rivers are going into depletion. The perineal rivers have become seasonal. The River Ganga has been named as one of the world’s most endangered river. Important rivers like Krishna, Kaveri, Narmada have stopped making it till the sea for four months. Every major river in India has undergone reduced water levels.

According to the estimations by researchers at Isha Foundation; by 2030, only 50% water will be available for our survival. Further, 25% of India is becoming desert. As compared to 1947, we have about 75% lesser water per person available today.

Thus arises a need for awareness and solutions. Isha Foundation has formulated a Comprehensive River Rejuvenation plan for river restorations. One of the solutions offered; planting tree covers. Tree covers should be created for a stretch of one kilometer on either side of the full river. For a tributary, the stretch is for half a kilometer.

To revitalize rivers, government owned land along the river banks will create and maintain native forest trees. On a private farm land, however, organic fruit cultivation shall take place.

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As the campaign explains, the need for a state as well as central government to be on the same page is vital to the success of the campaign. Rivers fall under the concurrent list, that is, the jurisdiction of both state as well as centre. Thus, any policy designed must be acknowledged equally by the both for effectiveness.

Additionally, for creating awareness, Sadhguru has himself planned a travel from Kanyakumari to Delhi. He aims to create as much awareness so that grass-root level support is provided to the campaign and its associated policies.

The campaign will begin from Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore on 3rd September and after more than ten stops end at Delhi on 2nd October. A total of 13 states are to be covered, in which 21 major cities are part of the campaign. Sadhguru has taken upon himself to cover the entire stretch of a total 6560 kms.

The organizers have made sure that the event is fun and entertaining for a maximum number of people to show up. Along the way and all the major stops, celebrations will be seen. Events like cultural fests, musical concerts, nukad natak, paintings and handicrafts, and public sessions have been organized by the Isha Foundation. Also, all the stakeholders of policies as well as rivers are cordially invited to learn and discuss more. Journalists, Corporate people, politicians, villagers, farmers and many more are expected to turn up at the event and contribute in whatever way they can.

The success of the Rally for Rivers campaign depends mostly on people’s support and encouragement to the cause. The campaign can be joined online.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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These 7 Ayurvedic Herbal Water have Healing Powers

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The Triphala, as the name suggests, is made up of three fruits. Wikimedia
  • We have compiled a list of seven Ayurvedic Herbal Water that is said to have healing powers
  • Ayurveda is a natural and healthy way of life
  • Rather than turning to medicines (which should be an individual’s last resort), incorporating Ayurveda in one’s life is said to have huge benefits

July 27, 2017: Ayurveda, a natural way of life, is said to have a considerably good impact on one’s life and well-being. While medicines may help in improving a person’s health, Ayurvedic lifestyle is also about staying in that good well-being. These seven herbal water from Ayurveda are said to have different healing powers.

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Ayurvedic Herbal water contains Ayurvedic recognized herbs dissolved in the water. It is of common usage amongst naturopaths. Another advantage is the ease with which it can be prepared at home.

Ayurveda considers water as rightfully essential to life, and thus its purity is vital to being healthy. Here are the seven Ayurvedic herbal water for your healing:

1. Triphala Water

Triphala. Wikimedia

As the name would suggest, Triphala is made up of three fruits: Bibhitaki, Haritaki, and Amalaki. In order to make the Triphala, these fruits are dried and brought to their powder form before being mixed together. Triphala water is known for improving the glow of the skin. The best way is to mix Triphala in warm water. It is rich in antioxidants. The Triphala water also helps constipation.

2. Coriander Seed Water

Ayurvedic Herbal Water
Coriander Seeds. Wikimedia

Known as Dhania in Hindi, Coriander is also added to various dishes in the Indian cuisine. Due to its cooling properties, water with coriander seeds helps in water retention. The coriander seeds also contain Citronellol, an antiseptic, that helps to cure ulcers. The seeds just need 10 minutes to dissolve in warm water.

3. Cinnamon Water

Cinnamon Water
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Cinnamon is called Dalchini in Hindi. It has a distinct aroma. Cinnamon is made out of Cinnamomum tree’s inner bark. It helps the body heal from tissue damage and infections as it has anti-inflammatory properties. Immunity against infections is also strengthened with regular consumption of Cinnamon water. Tooth decay is slowed down by Cinnamon.

4. Indian Redwood Water:

Indian Redwood Water
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Also called Pathimugam, the Indian Redwood Water became popularized in Kerala. The Pathimugam tree’s bark has various medicinal benefits. Kidney disorders, skin diseases, diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure are all regulated by Redwood water. The redwood is supposed to be boiled in the water for a couple of minutes and be consumed with the meal at any point of the day.

5. Tulsi Water

Tulsi Water
Tulsi, the holy plant of India. Wikimedia

Tulsi is considered one of the holiest plant in India partly due to its medicinal properties. For health as well as skin benefits, Tulsi is wonderful. During fever, Tulsi is a popularly known remedy. It is a natural detox for the kidneys by reducing the uric acid.

6. Herbal Wood Glass Water

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The Malabar Kino. Wikimedia

Herbal Wood Glass, more popularly known as Vijaysar or Malabar Kino, is one of the best cures for diabetes. Further, Ayurveda suggests Herbal Wood Glass water for obesity and eczema as well. It helps in the natural production of insulin by regenerating cells in the pancreas. To prepare the drink, vijaysar has to be soaked in the water overnight.

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7. Fenugreek Water:

Methi Seeds
Fenugreek Seeds. Wikimedia

Also known as Methi, Fenugreek seed has multiple health properties. It has anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant character. The methi seed help in water retention. For diabetes, blood sugar levels are maintained with regular consumption of fenugreek water. It promotes insulin secretion in the pancreas.

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2394