Water Journal : Water Journal April 2012
regular features industry news He said it was thanks to people who had seen itnotasadream,buta vital step to improving health and wellbeing. However, improvement to clean water supplies has not been even: 40 per cent of those still without access to improved drinking water live in sub-Saharan Africa. Worldwide, almost 800 million people still drink dirty water. But in the past 20 years, two billion people have gained access to improved drinking water. While this was the first significant Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to be reached, the charity Water Aid says that the other part of the target, for safe sanitation, is more off track than any other MDG. The biggest challenge is in India, where more than half of the population, 626 million people, do not have access to a toilet. The other MDGs, including those on reducing poverty and improving access to education, are unlikely to be hit by 2015. The global economic downturn and greater pressure from increased population have pushed success even further out of reach. Global Company Adopts Australian Research Ground-breaking water cleansing technology developed by Australian Government scientists has been successfully commercialised and sold to the private sector. The Australian Government has announced the sale of the intellectual property for "BioGill" technology to Australian clean-tech company, BioGill Environmental Pty Ltd, a manufacturing company based in Sydney. Invented by scientists at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the technology was the winning entry in the ABC's 2006 The New Inventors program. The system has numerous industrial and environmental applications, including the treatment of greywater, sewage and wastewater from aquaculture, and food and beverage processing. The technology is also considered to have great potential for cleaning water on ships, offshore platforms and remote islands where protecting sensitive environments is essential. Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, said the sale is a great example of how the Australian Government fosters ingenuity then works to get good inventions out into the commercial marketplace. ANSTO licensed the technology to BioGill Environmental in 2009 and has now agreed to the sale on mutually acceptable terms. For more information, go to: www.biogill.com and/or www.ansto.gov.au Contact a Hach Pacific office near you: 1300 887 735 www.hachpacific.com Innovative Process Instrumentation Integrated Lab Solutions and Chemistries Expert Support Dependable Service Products. Support. Expertise. Buy direct from Hach Pacific and receive access to the largest offering of the highest quality lab and process water analytics as well as outstanding service and application support.
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