Clean water

UNICEF estimates that over 2.2 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Micro-organisms are responsible for a host of waterborne diseases, but simultaneously offer solutions in purifying water and improving sanitation. Biofertilizers offer promising solutions for reduced nutrient runoff and wastewater recycling. As well as applying microbes to combat the problem, applied microbiologists can use their knowledge of health and disease to reduce cases of waterborne disease.


Researchers find contaminated water in fast-food soda fountains

Scientists found microbial contamination in common sources of drinking water in the Eastern Coachella Valley, including soda fountains at fast-food restaurants.

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3D-printed ‘living material’ waffles could clean up contaminated water

Researchers have developed a new type of material, combining a seaweed-based polymer with engineered bacteria, that could offer a sustainable and eco-friendly solution to clean pollutants from water.

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