IIT-G collaborates with European partners to improve drinking water quality

Collaboration is part of the LOTUS Indo-European project, an initiative by DST and European Commission

The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) are working actively towards addressing the staggering issues in the Indian water sector under the Indo-European project ‘Low-cost innovative technology for water quality monitoring and water resources management for urban and rural water systems in India’ (LOTUS).

The LOTUS Indo-European project aims at providing solutions for several issues in the Indian water sector.  A core element of the LOTUS project is a novel water quality sensor that builds on previous work of Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France and has been further developed during the project by researchers at Université Gustave Eiffel in collaboration with IIT-G and the SME EGM, Sophia Antipolis, France.

The core of the LOTUS sensor, is a chip with Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based sensing elements that are capable of measuring multiple quality parameters such as Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Potential of Hydrogen (pH), Chlorine, and Arsenic.

Speaking about the advantages of the developed technologies, Prof. S Senthilmurugan, Dept. Chemical Engineering, and, Chairperson, Technology Incubation Centre, IIT Guwahati, said, Successful commercialisation of the LOTUS water quality sensor will provide a low-cost water quality monitoring and safe drinking water supply solution to the Indian citizens which is in line with the vision of the Jal Jeevan Mission of Govt. of India and the make-in-India initiative.” 

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