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ECAR For Safe Drinking Water

A Scalable Solution for Arsenic Contamination

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The Challenge

Over 140 million people worldwide are exposed to toxic arsenic through contaminated drinking water, causing painful lesions, gangrene, cancers, and premature death.


The Technology Approach

ECAR uses electricity to dissolve iron in ordinary steel, releasing rust particles that bind and remove arsenic. This low maintenance technology is a reliable, low cost option for clean water in areas of high arsenic contamination.


2013 Updates

Continuous prototype evaluation is being conducted in communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India through extended field trials and appropriate management of technology, including its social integration and acceptance in daily life.


Lead Researchers

Prof. Ashok Gadgil, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Susan Addy, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Field Locations

Bangladesh, Cambodia and India


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