Ben-Gurion U. researchers develop membranes that remove viruses from drinking water

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Ben-Gurion U. researchers develop membranes that remove viruses from drinking water

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Ben-Gurion U. researchers develop membranes that remove viruses from drinking water
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Press release)
SEDE BOQER, Israel...April 19, 2017 - Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed novel ultrafiltration membranes that significantly improve the virus-removal process from treated municipal wastewater used for drinking in water-scarce cities.

Current membrane filtration methods require intensive energy to adequately remove pathogenic viruses without using chemicals like chlorine, which can contaminate the water with disinfection byproducts. Researchers at UIUC and BGU collaborated on the new approach for virus pathogen removal, which was published in the current issue of Water Research.

"This is an urgent matter of public safety," the researchers say. "Insufficient removal of human Adenovirus in municipal wastewater, for example, has been detected as a contaminant in U.S. drinking water sources, including the Great Lakes and worldwide."

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