July 10, 2006

Ontario contributes $100K to drinking water technology research

TORONTO, ONT-The Ontario government is contributing $100,000 toward leading-edge research into innovative drinking water treatment technology designed to remove chemicals from pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Most drinking water in North America contains trace amounts of these compounds, and published studies indicate possible human health effects linked to their presence. The project will study two membranes capable of screening out very small compounds at a rapid rate compared to membranes typically used in drinking water treatment now. This will be the first time that such membranes have been used to remove these chemicals from drinking water. The Walkerton Clean Water Centre, the University of Ottawa and the University of Singapore are collaborating on the research.

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