Clean water is vital for generating energy, growing food and sustaining life itself. As demands on limited water resources continue to increase, engineers are creating efficient new systems for water treatment, distribution, reuse and recovery. In the future, new water technologies and systems will make "wastewater" a dirty word.
Helpful bacteria are turning agricultural and oil-and-gas wastewater into clean water and energy, acoustic methods are shaking contaminants out, and engineered viruses are keeping harmful bacteria in check. The long-term future? Water treatment that's compact, mobile and off the grid.
New water cycle
Why waste our water? Engineers envision a new cycle of water reuse, an urgent need where water is scarce. That means using greywater right where we make it, capturing stormwater and run-off, and understanding how contamination affects our waterways and homes.
Engineering clean water
Engineering researchers are creating new ways to handle drought, chemical spills and water purification. Imagine a clean water future.
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