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High School Students to Run Water Treatment Plant in India
October 1, 2012

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High school students are in charge of a solar-powered New Delhi water treatment plant that can produce 5,000 liters of water a day.

The plant, the first of its kind in India's capital city, turns waste water into water that humans and animals can drink through normal purification methods. The difference is that solar panels store and release the energy needed to power the plant's micro-ionising purification equipment.

The plant is part of an Indian government partnership with an environmental organization known as Social Awareness, Newer Alternatives (SANA). The $45,000 plant was built at a government school, and the water will be distributed to poor families living in the area. SANA-trained students, having completed intensive workshops, now run the plant.

The World Health Organization has approved the results of testing, pronouncing the water potable, or good for human consumption.

A bonus is that the alternative method of treating the water is through burning charcoal or other fossil fuels. Like other solar-powered initiatives, this one reduced carbon emissions.

The government hopes to duplicate the process in other areas of the country, in which millions of people lack ready access to potable water.

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