3D-Printed Water Quality Sensor Tested
The researchers from the University of British Columbia Okanagan have come up with a solution so as to overcome the waterborne illnesses. The need for a device that can purify and maintain high-standard water quality is something the researchers have been looking out for since a long time.
The researchers have designed a new device using a 3D printer. It can monitor the drinking water quality in real time and help protect people from contracting any kind of waterborne diseases. This tiny 3D-printed device can save millions of people around the globe who are losing the battle to waterborne infections or diseases. The lead researcher Mina Hoofar says that the 3D-printed water quality sensor can prove to be beneficial, especially for the underdeveloped countries, owing to the cost-effective nature of the device. The device can also be placed anywhere in the water distribution system and operate continuously. The manufacturing cost of the miniaturized water quality sensor is also very low.
The water testing in today’s era is still done using certain traditional hand testing methods, thus the water sample testing takes a lot of time as well as only a few of them can be tested. So, the control over the disease outbreak is probably very low. Also, the use of the traditional methods across the water systems is not reliable and very expensive as well.
For now, though the new quality sensor is at the testing stage,it is accurate, reliable, and also gives excellent results in spite of changes in the water temperature and pressure changes. The sensors have been built in such a manner that they are wireless and work independently such that even if one stops working then the whole system is not hampered. In addition to this, the use of the 3D printer makes the production of the sensor very simple and inexpensive. This wireless system can revolutionize the whole water industry.
The pressure at which the water is supplied is very high; hence, the use of the real-time monitoring sensors is preferred. However, certain sensors may give up but the current 3D-printed sensor can withstand the pressure and give quality results in the case of unsafe water supply. The basic idea is to save lives, as earlier in Walkerton people had lost lives due to the E.coli-affected water supply. Though the underdeveloped or middle-income countries are at higher risk of water-related diseases,the tragedy at Walkerton proves it that even the developed countries are at high risk of water safety.
Thus, detection of the pathogens in the water and frequent water quality testing is very important in all the countries. The researchers plan to publicize the 3D-printed water quality sensor as soon as possible for the lower, middle, and higher income countries.