Clemson gets $970,000 grant to aid in safe water practices

Researchers with Clemson's School of Engineering and Science

CLEMSON, SC (WACH) - Clemson University's College of Engineering and Science has received a $970,000 grant to create technology that can help bring safe water to areas where only one in six people have access to such resources.

Researchers at the school will work on creating computer models that can test chemical coating and geometric designs.

The new design would lower the cost for water treatment practices around the world.

"This project addresses a grand challenged facing society today: how to make clean water available to a growing population at a low cost," said assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering Sapna Sarupria.

The need for safe water is becoming increasingly difficult as population growth, economic development and climate change makes it more difficult to have safe water; this new technology can help fight this battle.

"About 750 million people around the globe do not have access to safe water, which is crucial to good health. Lack of clean water claims more lives than war," said Tanju Karanfil.

Funding for this project came from the National Science Foundation.

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