Dehradun, July 15: Homegrown technology-based water purifiers will soon begin meeting the potable water requirements of nearly 50,000 households in Uttarakhand where fear of disease looms large after flash floods.
Around 23 water purifying units, operating on - hollow fibre membrane ultrafiltration - technology developed by the Central Salt Marine.
The highlight of these units is that by taking advantage The highlight of these units is that by taking advantage of the terrain (in getting a natural pressure head) they can operate without electricity and do not require a pressure pump.
Earlier, after the flash floods, CSMCRI, a laboratory of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), had installed a mobile water purification unit in Rishikesh having a built-in reverse osmosis (RO) plant of 6,000 litres per hour capacity.
The institute had also installed an ultrafiltration plant at the H N Bahuguna base hospital at Srinagar in Uttarakhand, and another one at a nearby teaching institute of the hospital, to meet the initial drinking water supply requirements there.
"One of the units has been recalled and we are in the process of sending them another simpler water purification unit in place of it," Ghosh said.
The average drinking water requirement in Srinagar is pegged close to 5 to 10 lakh litre per day.