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Scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre devise a method to cheaply desalinate sea water and produce 6.3 million litres of water everyday

In the backdrop of water crisis and drought that hit almost 13 states across India, scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) have come up with a solution to help us grapple with this crisis with the help of desalination of sea water. This is being achieved by a desalination plant, situated at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, which makes 6.3 million litres of water potable every day with the help of nuclear power. This is not the first time that scientists at BARC have tackled the water shortage problem. They had previously developed various filtration methods to purify groundwater.

The new method can solve the water crisis faced by several Indian states including the worst hit state, Maharashtra. Reports suggest that desalinated water tastes equally good as the fresh water. To evaluate the significance of the feat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the site himself and congratulated the scientists on the immaculate feat. Moreover, researchers at the BARC have also developed several low-cost thin membranes to purify water for households. BARC has also developed a water purifier bicycle. The bicycle uses the energy produced during pedalling to purify contaminated water and make it potable. This new feat of desalinating sea water, along with all the other diverse innovations from BARC, would surely help lay down a path for solving the acute and chronic water shortage problem of our country.

This article was originally published in The Optimist Citizen – Issue 19 dated 16 FEB ’17.  Get exclusive early access to the stories, SUBSCRIBE NOW.

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