Helping Hand for Those Deprived of Access to Clean Water

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Professor Mohamed Kheireddine Aroua, Head of the Research Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilisation, and Associate Dean (Research) for the School of Science and Technology at Sunway University, went into research so that he can contribute to science and the advancement of knowledge, and develop solutions to address challenges faced by human beings.In November 2018, Professor Kheireddine won the IChemE 2018 Global Award in the Water Category. The project, which was carried out in collaboration with Professor Ir. Dr Mohamed Azlan Hussain of University of Malaya, is the "Self-Cleaning Ultrafiltration System Producing Clean Water." The IChemE Water category award recognises the best project or process to demonstrate engineering excellence in water use, clean-up and re-use, with particular emphasis on reducing environmental impact while preserving commercial viability.The innovative self-cleaning system has been used during the severe floods in the state of Kelantan, to produce clean water for flood victims. A few units of the system have been installed in remote villages without access to clean water in Sarawak and Perak. This "Self-Cleaning Ultrafiltration System Producing Clean Water" won Professor Kheireddine, the 2016 University of Malaya's award for outstanding achievement in community engagement.According to Professor Kheireddine, "The system is an automated self-cleaning mobile ultrafiltration system which produces clean water from various sources such as river water, underground water and spring water. Incorporating a self-cleaning smart backwash system which eliminates the use of chemicals, the system is also be driven by solar power and can be easily transported to rural areas whenever needed. This green system with high socio-economic impact addresses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) 6, which is Clean Water and Sanitation. The readily available system has been installed in many remote villages in Malaysia producing clean water at a cost less than RM0.20 per mA?. The research for the project was focussed on impacting societies and communities deprived of access to clean water."
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