KGP Faculty awarded for developing low-cost arsenic filter

Faculty from IIT Kharagpur receives Innovation Award for R&D on Arsenic Filtering

Dr. Sirshendu De, Professor & Head, Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur has been selected for the Innovation Award 2016 by the Indian Desalination Association (South Zone) for developing a low-cost eco-friendly laterite-based arsenic filter for providing safe drinking water. The capacity of domestic filter is in the range of 80-100 litres/day, with an easy mode of operation and maintenance free, as the filter does not require any regeneration or backwashing and costing of the treated water is less than 3 paise/litre.

In India and Bangladesh, it is generally agreed that the arsenic contamination of groundwater is of geological origin and derives from the geological strata underlying Bangladesh. More than 200 million people are affected worldwide by arsenic menace and over 100 million people in India and Bangladesh, are at ri