Golden moment for arsenic elimination model
Arsenic elimination model attracts further recognition
Recognition continues for the innovative arsenic elimination project funded by Google and DFAT and developed by researchers from the Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater, with its selection for the annual Vietnam Golden Book of Creativity.
This book honours outstanding research in natural and applied sciences that are significantly contributing to Vietnam’s socio-economic development. The 2017 edition - released to mark Vietnam’s National Independence Day on 2 September - acknowledges 72 local works and creative science technology-led solutions, and 11 projects which have had international recognition.
The UTS project, led by Distinguished Professor Saravanamuth Vigneswaran and Dr Tien Vinh Nguyen, was one of only two Australian-developed initiatives - and the only environmental technology project - to be considered by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC), the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
These are all outstanding examples of research, projects and initiatives, especially valuable and widely-applicable to community assistance in health, environment, and the socio-economy in disadvantaged areas, borders and islands.
Tran Thanh Man, President of the VFFCC
The project has already been shortlisted for a Pace Zenith award and won a Technology Against Poverty Prize by DFAT and Google for its solution based on a filtration system using a membrane, drum and renewable cartridges, which can be produced, installed, monitored and removed by local businesses.
It is a great compliment to have this model acknowledged locally for its contribution to increasing the supply of clean drinking water for the millions affected by contaminated groundwater in Vietnam.
The technology we are developing is inexpensive and accessible for many of the other countries world-wide where people are being slowly poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water.
Distinguished Professor Vigneswaran