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IISER develops device to detect and remove arsenic from water

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in collaboration with a private company has developed a new device which can be used to detect and remove content from and make it safe and usable by households.

The device - 'Sensor and Removal Media - is an effective system with low production cost, IISER told a press meet here yesterday.

An IISER research team, led by Dr Raja Shunmugam, developed the sensor in the laboratory of a leading manufacturer of

The arsenic sensor would show an immediate change in colour in arsenic contaminated water, he said.

The Shantiswarup Bhatnagar award recipient Dr T Ramasami, who was present said, "primarily the general public is aware about arsenic presence in But whether that is beyond threshold - unsafe or safe levels - they do not know."

Ramasami said, "the arsenic sensing methodology has very simple and household detection principle. But knowing whether the arsenic content is within or above safe limits will only increase anxiety and hence the company came out with a cartridge which can remove arsenic from and make it safe."

The participant company 'Additive' Managing said "the product will provide a holistic approach in immediate detection of arsenic contamination levels from available water resources and thereafter producing arsenic-free potable water."

The IISER said, 83 blocks in eight districts of - Burdwan, Malda, Hooghly, Howrah, Murshidabad, Nadia, 24 Parganas - were hit by arsenic contamination.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 12:00 IST