To purify our drinking water, we need to remove contaminants including those that are much too small to see (tiny microbes and chemicals). While large-scale water treatment plants work well, there are times/places/situations where we don’t have access to these facilities and need to purify our water at the point of use. Nanotechnology is providing some new ways to purify our water at the point of use (better filters to remove tiny microorganisms and prevent filter-fouling).
As a result of participating in this program, visitors will be able to:
1. Recognize that water sources can be contaminated by microbes and chemicals – contaminants that are too small to see.
2. Understand that these contaminants need to be removed to make the water safe to drink.
3. Learn that nanotechnology has made possible some new water purification technologies that clean water very simply, effectively, and with very little power.
Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.