NWU, Mafikeng Campus, News: Water purification

PURIFICATION PLANT ENSURES CLEAN WATER

Mafikeng:  The community of Madibogo will have access to clean water thanks to a  water purification plant.  The Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology, from the NWU- Mafikeng Campus, developed the Nanofiltration Water Purification plant after research has found the ground water to be contaminated with Nitrate, Chloride and Magnesium.  The project was  conducted by Dr Mbhuti Hlophe from the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences  and was funded by the Water Research Commission.

The 23 000 villagers in Madibogo, which is 90 km from Mafikeng, is largely dependent on ground water which is ingested without prior treatment.  After intensive research it was decided to make use of the Nanomebrane Technology for the removal of the pollutants in the ground water.

The plant was launched by the Dean of the faculty, Prof Mashudu Maselesele on 15 September.  The faculty will also be responsible for the maintenance of the plant to ensure safe drinking water in that area.

 

 Published by Koos Degenaar 23 November 2010.