Solutions to water scarcity and pollution
Today we want to talk about one of the solutions we are working on. Water quality.
Water is particularly vulnerable to contamination and does not require much effort. Known as a universal solvent, it’s one of the most soluble liquids on our planet. Toxic substances from farms, cities and factories dissolve easily and mix with it, causing its pollution.
Increasingly our rivers, reservoirs, lakes and seas are drowning in chemicals, waste, plastics and other pollutants.
Such environments are running out of life and every time an industry decides to dump its chemicals and waste, aquatic life pays the price for it.
By changing one third, non-drinking water kills more people a year than war and all other forms of violence combined. Our sources of drinking water are finite: less than 1 per cent of the planet’s freshwater is accessible to us, so if no action is taken, the problems will increase to such an extent that, by 2050, global demand for freshwater is expected to rise by 30 per cent. (Source: AQUAE)
In developed countries there are treatment plants to treat most of the waste water, before it ends up in our rivers, lakes, seas or oceans. However, in developing countries, it is estimated that 90% of this water is discharged directly without being treated. Every year, 1.8 million children (under 5 years old) die from this cause, which is equivalent to one every 20 seconds. Victims of contaminated water occupy half of the beds in hospitals around the world.
In the following image, you can see the death rate from non-potable water sources around the world (Source: IHME, Global Burden of Disease 2017)
In this case, the rate is usually between 50 and 100 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. This compares with the whole of Europe, where the rates are below 0.1 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. This is a difference of more than 1,000 times.
How can we improve the situation?
For this reason, at Collyra, we believe that the quality of these must be controlled in situ, in order to contribute to the evolution of the planet.
To propose a portable and economic solution to carry out a chemical analysis of the composition of water, without having to attend laboratories or complex machines.
One of our missions is to develop a “wearable”, low-cost, fully portable solution capable of providing the necessary parameters for measuring water quality, such as PH, TDS (total dissolved solids), ORP, conductivity or temperature.
All this, helped by the Internet of Things (IoT), to monitor the data obtained and study them at any time and/or place.
A solution to be applied in all fields where a remote and real time evaluation of such concentrations is required.
Let us be aware of all that it entails, water pollution causes a climatic impact, a disappearance of biodiversity and the annihilation of aquatic ecosystems, affecting all terrestrial life.
And as far as we are concerned, we humans are very much affected by the disruption in the food chain.
If you want to know more about our solutions for water quality, do not hesitate to contact us.
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