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“Revolutionary” Bacteria-Based Water Filter is Super Efficient, Portable

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On February 11, 2010 @ 12:35 pm In Design for Health,Disaster-proof design,humanitarian design,social design,Water Issues | No Comments

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Every once in awhile, the billions of dollars dedicated towards U.S. military spending do some actual good. Case in point: this new bacteria-based water treatment unit [2], developed by researchers at Sam Houston State University [3] and sponsored by Department of Defense cash. The filtration system [4] is portable (it can be transported via truck) and purifies water in less than 24 hours — a marked improvement over standard waste-water treatment processes that can take nearly a month.

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The “bio-reactor” filtration system [6] uses dirt-dwelling bacteria to clean water and munch the resulting toxic sludge. According to the researchers [2], “The bacteria, the ‘bugs,’ we are working with are naturally occurring. We have isolated a small subset of them–each bacterium has a specific function–and we have engineered a biofilm that is self-regulating and highly efficient at cleaning wastewater.”

The Defense Department has already ordered six of the units, presumably for water-starved military zones in places like Afghanistan. A prototype device may also be sent for immediate use in Haiti [7], where resources are still critical.

+ Sam Houston State University [2]

Via GOOD [8]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/11/revolutionary-bacteria-based-water-filter-is-super-efficient-portable/filter/

[2] bacteria-based water treatment unit: http://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/T%40S/2010/RevolutionaryWaterTreatmentUnitsOnTheirWayToAfghanistan.html

[3] Sam Houston State University: http://www.shsu.edu/

[4] filtration system: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/30/ovopur-eco-friendly-water-filter/

[5] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/11/revolutionary-bacteria-based-water-filter-is-super-efficient-portable/filter-2/

[6] filtration system: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/11/swelling-glass-absorbs-toxins/

[7] Haiti: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/21/solar-energy-powering-reconstruction-efforts-in-haiti/

[8] GOOD: http://www.good.is/post/a-revolutionary-bacteria-powered-water-filter?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+good%2Flbvp+%28GOOD+Main+RSS+Feed%29

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