Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in HE

Ulster leads £6m drinking water research

Research project will pioneer safe water solutions for the developing world

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | August 11, 2017 | Research

Ulster University has announced it will be leading on a £6 million global research project into low cost technologies for safe drinking water in developing regions. 

The SAFEWATER research programme seeks to tackle a global challenge by looking at clean water solutions and the development of smart devices to quickly tell if water is safe to drink. 

£4.7 million of the funding will be provided by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund, and the project will see Ulster University join forces with other partners across the globe to conduct the research. This includes academics in South America and NGOs already working in Colombia and Mexico. 

“In the developed world, we take it for granted that our drinking water is safe yet nearly 25% of the global population drink water that is not safe because of contamination that can cause deadly disease,” said Professor Tony Byrne, lead researcher, Ulster University. 

“Clean water saves lives and while we know how to make water safe to drink the cost of doing so may be too high as nearly half the world’s population live on less than £2 per day.”

In the developed world, we take it for granted that our drinking water is safe yet nearly 25% of the global population drink water that is not safe because of contamination that can cause deadly disease

The SAFEWATER project will involve academics from the University of Sao Paulo Brazil and the University of Medellin Colombia, along with the NGOs Fundacion Cantaro Azul Mexico and CTA Colombia who are already working with, and trusted by, the local people. 

Through the NGOs, local people will be involved in the development of clean water solutions from the beginning of the project so the technologies will meet their needs. The project will make a real impact on the ground by bringing direct benefits to the lives of people living in developing countries.”

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in HE

Related stories

Ulster Uni partners with leading built-environment firms

Ulster leads major international research projects

Bringing environmentally-friendly drinking water to HE

NI's top students join Civica Scholarship Programme

Jisc and Elsevier team up to boost Open Science

Why is there a lack of female academics?

Northampton launches business research centre

CUBO Awards 2016

UCLan awarded international grant

Bristol launches Enterprise Fund

Market place - view all

Meru networks

Meru began with a vision that sooner rather than later most enterpr...

Marsh

Marsh is a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. ...

Southstreet

We offer a great student experience - plus a great investment oppor...

Softcat

Leading IT infrastructure provider of software licensing, hardware...

Capita

We're the UK's leading provider of business process outsourcing and...

Student furniture

LOFT Interiors offers a complete furnishing service to the resident...