Chennai: Indian Institute of Technology Madras is establishing a new research centre that will test wastewater for organisms and chemicals and make the data available to the public. The facility will act as an intelligence unit to track and prevent a virus outbreak in its early stages.
The International Centre for Clean Water (ICCW) is establishing this Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (WBE) research facility. This project is being supported with funding of $ 1 million by CryptoRelief, an initiative started by Sandeep Nailwal. The data obtained from various wastewater sources and treatment facilities will be analysed. Gradually, this facility will be extended to other parts of India.
The benefits of wastewater analysis include water fingerprinting to study the chemical and biological molecules in it. The WBE project includes aspects such as tracking pollutants, pesticides and drugs. tnn