Around 40% of the Southern Africa Development Community population have no access to safe water – that’s around 130 million people.
Providing clean water is the aim of a small pilot unit installed on the premises of the decaying water treatment plant in Mozambique.
The plant was designed to destroy harmful pollutants such as pesticides and deactivate microbes and pathogens.
It uses a new technology called “electro-chemical oxidation” that produces ozone as a cleaning agent.
The quality of water in both South Africa and Mozambique turned out to be much worse than the scientists had initially expected, especially due to the massive presence of faecal compounds.
The scientists say they designed the small pilot unit to help meet that demand of remote and isolated villages in Africa.
The main advantage of the small units is their mobility.
“Even in remote, isolated places, the units can be easily installed. Our main aim is to obtain water that, once consumed by the population, does not create any public health problems. Our final objective is to improve the health of the people”.