Information Technology University Water quality

Lahore:June 10: Information Technology University (ITU) and University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) will work together to develop “Design and Implementation of Water ATMs – Water Dispensing and Quality Measurement Units” in Pakistan under Pakistan-United States Science and Technology Cooperation Programme. For this project, Dr Tauseef Tauqeer of ITU and Mustafa Naseem of UCB have jointly been awarded a competitive research grant of US $ 374,599 by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in the US and by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan. According to a press release, the Punjab government is determined to install water filtration plants – community clean water collection points, where community members can get clean drinking water free of cost. Research has shown that due to the lack of regular monitoring of various filtration mechanisms, water quality is below acceptable levels at many plants. Pakistan is an extremely water-starved country, with water levels falling below 1,000 cubic metres per capita in the recent past. Access to clean drinking water is an even greater challenge, with 16 million people in Pakistan having no choice but to drink unhygienic water, resulting in death of 41,000 children per year due to diarrhea, substandard water and lack of sanitation. This project aims to create a Water ATM – an electronic water dispensing device with quality measurement unit. The Water ATM will comprise probes that measure pH, turbidity, residual chlorine and total dissolved solids (TDS). The water quality and dispensing quantity will be measured throughout the day and the data will be recorded via telemetry on the web-based dashboard. In this way, any water wastage or filtration plant maintenance issues can be promptly highlighted and timely addressed.Daily Times.

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