CSIR-CSIO transfers technology to check major Water Pollutants to Ambala Industries

Apr 24, 2018 17:10 | Chandigarh

Chandigarh, 24 April tuesday 2018 (kulbir singh kalsi):  India ranks topmost in global water consumption, however ranks lowly i.e., 120th worldwide in terms of quality of potable water. With increasing industrialization and unregulated anthropogenic activities, several states in India--- Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, etc., are worst hit with high level of different chemical pollutants such as arsenic, nitrate, fluoride, chromium, iron, etc. More than 100 million people live in areas of poor water quality.

In this direction Chandigarh-based group of researchers at Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a portable “integrated optical system” for in field detection of three major water pollutants including arsenic, nitrate and fluoride in a wide detection window covering their permissible limit. These pollutants are popularly known to cause fluorosis (dental, skeletal and non-skeletal), arsenosis, cancer and blue-baby syndrome on consumption of contaminated water beyond permissible limit. The system can be deployed in varied urban, rural and industrial settings for detection/monitoring of these chemical pollutants in ground water, waste water, river water, industrial effluents etc.  

Availability of such system would reduce dependence on lab based expensive equipment used by state and private testing labs for monitoring of these pollutants before consumption and identifying its source of origin so as to facilitate government bodies for strict regulation and remedial actions. The device can also be further extended to other major pollutants within the developed hardware with small modifications, said Dr. Babankumar, Project Leader and Principal scientist at CSIO. He also added that the developed technology can be an integral part of Smart City initiative.  Other team of researchers involved are: Ms Sudeshna Bagchi, Dr Pooja D., Dr Neelam, Dr Nayak, Dr VD Shivling, Mr Manish and Ashwani Kumar. The device trial run has been done with limited real water samples and validation is performed with lab based reference techniques under controlled test-bed conditions at CSIO, Chandigarh. For further commercial exploitation, the technology has been transferred to M/s Ambtek Innovations Pvt. Ltd., Ambala for undertaking market driven changes and complete manufacturing of engineering model along with user level trials.

Prof R K Sinha, the Director of CSIR-CSIO, said the developed portable integrated optical system will be useful in detecting various water pollutants and could be customized as per the demand of user. He further added that this development is a humble contribution by the CSIO scientists for the betterment of common man and was possible due to the support provided by CSIR through FTT (Fast Track Translational) Scheme. The technology will find place in water testing laboratories for industrial, ground and river water testing, as well as for common users in affected areas of the country and will also help our country save upon considerable foreign exchange. The research team at CSIO is also actively involved in developing range of technological solutions for environmental monitoring including soil and water under mission programs of the country.