A new water purifier using ultra-violet germicidal lamps to kill germs and bacteria has been developed by technicians and scientists at a laboratory in Paris.
A new water purifier using ultra-violet germicidal lamps to kill germs and bacteria has been developed by technicians and scientists at a laboratory in Paris. The equipment, produced in co-operation with the Institut Pasteur, is more compact than most purification systems currently in use and does away with vast and expensive pumping and treatment plants. It can be used readily in cholera-stricken areas and is adaptable for family or village use.
On Monday (11 October), the equipment was explained by its designers at the Muratori factory which produces it.
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SYNOPSIS: Technicians and designers at the Muratori factory in Paris have developed a new water purification system which may help to fight cholera. Monsieur C. Balrick and Mademoiselle G. Escallier described the equipment which was developed with the Institut Pasteur. The water purifier can be adapted for use for families or large communities. Monsieur Baldrick explained that the purifier is very simple to operate and it can be started merely by moving a switch. The unique feature of the purifier is that it uses germicidal ultra-violet lamps to kill bacteria. This process can reduce the expense of more commonly-used systems using large pumps and treatment equipment. The system is compact as well-which means it can be brought readily into regions which can't support the larger purification plants. And these are often the very areas where cholera and related water-borne disease are most rampant.
Mademoiselle Escallier described the system. Monsieur Balrick worked on the production side of the system and Mademoiselle Escallier worked alongside scientists from the Institut Pasteur on the scientific problems connected with the purifier. She explained that untreated water enters the system through a pump and is passed through two filters where some of the impurities are removed. The water is then pushed through as pipe and past the two germicidal ultra-violet lamps where the remaining bacteria are killed. In tests in Paris it was found that all impurities in river water were eliminated by the system--despite the fact that before treatment the bacteria count was high, Mademoiselle Escallier said that following treatment, suspect water was completely drinkable. It's hoped by international health officials that the new system will soon be in use in areas where today cholera is one of the most serious threats.