The Indian economy loses 73 million working days a year due to waterborne diseases, caused by a combination of lack of clean water and inadequate sanitation. Even large cities are only able to guarantee very little water for a few hours a day, says Dr Sridhar Vedachalam, a postdoctoral associate at the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University, USA. Ranked among the 10 finalists of the 2012 Global Water Forum Emerging Scholars Award, the article discusses the gap between water supply and sanitation
Effective cleaning of equipment in the food processing industry reduces chances of food contamination during preparation, processing, storage and packaging. Food and environmental safety concerns coupled with high energy and water & waste treatment costs are motivating the pursuit for better cleaning and sanitizing systems. Viable alternatives for food processing industry today include dry steam deep cleaning, cold and heated pressure wash, dryers, dust collection and centralised vacuum system.
Recently alarming reports have been released by Government agencies about groundwater contamination due to dumping of industrial water, untreated sewage in fresh water bodies and excessive use of fertilizers. Water scarcity is a looming problem for both urban and rural areas and the situation is being seen as a crisis. Use of contaminated water is also leading to numerous health problems across the country. The scarcity of water is driving the demand for use of water treatment technologies and products.