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WADIS 2K11, International Workshop on Advances in Disinfection Technologies

Activity by Rita Dhodapkar   |   added on Nov 08, 2010   |   India Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nehru Marg, Nagpur 440 020, INDIA

NEERI is organizing an International Workshop on ‘Advances in Disinfection Technologies’ on 9th February 2011. The Workshop is intended to be an interactive session on the concerns, latest developments and selection related to disinfection technologies. This will bring the subject experts on a common platform for sharing their

 Waterborne disease kills an estimated 1.8 million people each year, and accounts for 17% of deaths of children under 5 years of age in developing countries. Ninety-four percent of the waterborne diseases is attributable to the environment, including risks associated with unsafe drinking water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene. In India access to safe drinking water is a necessity as 30% of urban and 90% of rural households depend on untreated surface and ground water. It is estimated that 21% of communicable diseases in India is water related and water quality is a major crisis.

Disinfection of water and municipal wastewater provides critical public health protection. While, chlorine has been the disinfectant of choice for most systems, new regulations are resulting in a shift to alternative disinfection technologies, such as ozone, chlorine dioxide, and ultraviolet radiation. Upcoming technologies for disinfection are based on membrane filtration, SODIS, enhanced solar based Photocatalysis, bacteriophage, metal nanoparticles etc. Disinfection is an intensive area of R & D and commercialization.

The disinfection technology should aim at destruction of bacteria and viruses, to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases. A disinfection system should be reliable and affordable. It should not pose a potential hazard to the people and the environment from chemicals and disinfection byproducts. It should also meet the regulation compliance.

The key objective of this workshop is deliberate on the sustainable technological solutions to jack up conventional disinfection technologies.

Eminent experts from R&D and academic institutes like NEERI, Nagpur, University of Ulster, Belfast, UK, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Plataforma Solar de Almerıa (CIEMAT), Spain, SGB Amravati University, water supply authorities, and administrators stakeholders are identified for presentation on various issues related to the following themes:

  • Bacterial contamination of water

  • Advanced Disinfection Technologies for Potable Water and Wastewater Treatment for reuse

  • Alternatives to Chlorine

  • Disinfection technologies for rural population

  • Solar powered technologies for disinfection

  • Economics and sustainability of the technologies

  • Case studies on disinfection systems


Topic: conferences Audience: professional chemists, professors, universities, post graduate students, research scientists, decision makers, industrial chemists
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