Fish, seals, penguins and other marine life are being harmed by raw sewage contamination from research bases in Antarctica. But Victoria University is shipping a high-tech wastewater treatment system to Davis Station in Antarctica, that will stop the problem.
Able to convert sewage into clean – and even drinkable water – the low maintenance treatment system is designed to function in rugged conditions, is simple to operate, requires minimal chemicals and can even be operated remotely from Australia during the harsh Antarctic winter.
As well as providing a potential source of drinking water for expeditioners, the recycled water would save about 70 per cent of the energy used to make the current drinking water at Davis Station.
After testing at TasWaters’ wastewater treatment plant, the system will be shipped to Antarctica for installation this summer.
Remarkable inventions such as this have enormous potential and are another reason why funding for universities is essential, if we are to keep Australia clever.
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