Ghana to benefit from safe drinking water

15 December 2010

People in Ghana may benefit from better water infrastructure as researchers from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh are to trial a scheme that may make the substance safe to drink.

The group will utilise a technique that is designed to reduce the amount of fluoride present in the water, which can lead to serious health problems, Vibe Ghana reports.

Professor Andrea Schafer of the University of Edinburgh's school of engineering said: "We hope that our method of removing fluoride, using local resources, will prove suitable for making water supplies safer in communities in Ghana and other areas that are similarly affected."

If the experiments prove successful, then the presence of dangerously high levels of fluoride could be reduced throughout the whole country.

Rock band Jars of Clay recently finished a project that has seen up to 700,000 people benefit from better quality water.

Charlie Lowell, a member of the group, told the Associated Press it is important to improve sanitation in Africa.

Category: Water

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