BREAKING: Scientists FINALLY Made Sea Water Drinkable, Producing 6.3 Million Liters A Day!

MUMBAI: As 13 states struggle with drought, scientists in a corner of India have devised a way to make potable water – 6.3 million litre of it every day – from sea water.  They have also developed certain filtration methods that ensure groundwater containing arsenic and uranium are safe to drink.

The pilot plant at Tamil Nadu’s Kalpakkam, built by scientists of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre use waste steam from a nuclear reactor to purify the seawater. Its capacity is 6.3 million litre every day.

Currently, the fresh water is being used at the Kudankulam nuclear reactor. But this reporter tasted the purified water – it tasted like fresh water, not saline at all.

Several such plants have been installed in Punjab, as well as West Bengal, Rajasthan, said KN Vyas, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to the centre, examines the cycle fitted with a water purifier.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to the centre, examines the cycle fitted with a water purifier.

“Besides, BARC has developed several membranes, by which, at a very small cost, groundwater contaminated by uranium or arsenic can be purified and make fit for drinking,” Dr Vyas added.

On his recent visit to BARC, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pedalled a bicycle that had a water purifier installed on it. It turns dirty contaminated water into potable water. Turning the pedals produces the energy the purifier needs.

The nuclear scientists have also made several household water purifiers that are being marketed all over drought-hit Marathwada. Some these use thin membranes and special filters to separate the contaminants.

Originally published on NDTV



  1. PmmCur

    May 11, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    We have drinking water from the sea for over 100 years!!! (Curacao, Caribbean)

  2. Dick Grune

    May 15, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    A engineering company I worked for in the ’90 engineered and built a desalination plant back then for Saudi Arabia back then. I don’t remember how much it but the Saudi’s do not have much for water.

  3. Rudi Kramp

    July 4, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Someone reminded me today that Namibia, Walvis Bay, has had desalination for many years. I remember reading about it in the 1980’s already. I wonder now how effective is this one, and Namibia’s.

  4. Jens Landgré

    December 14, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Although not mentioned by the article I assume that the amount of energy used to desalinate the water is much lower with this technique than with previous techniques. After all, as mentioned, desalination has been around a long time. So, to make this a “breakthrough” the energy cost should be mentioned. The fact that you could use a bicycle to purify the water may be an indicator of the low energy cost.

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