PEKAN (Bernama) – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), in collaboration with the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI), yesterday provided an ultrafiltration/reverse osmosis plant for use by flood victims at Sekolah Kebangsaan Padang Acheh.
The portable filtration machine, developed by the Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC) in UTM, can meet the emergency treatment of water in times of disaster.
Invented by Assoc Prof Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail of the UTM Engineering and Natural Resources Faculty, the gadget is capable of producing 5,000 litres of clean water in an hour for use by 2,000 people daily without the need to boil it.
“The filtration system will provide clean and safe drinking water for victims in times of disaster. Water is filtered via five modules or stages of treatment, namely pre-treatment, ultra filtrate, reverse osmosis, ultra violet rays and softeners,” he said when met by reporters.
Also present at the ceremony were Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin and UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar.
Dr Ahmad Fauzi said the reverse osmosis technology and ultra fitrate was to enable the machine treat water from various sources, including sea water, brackish water and muddy water.
“The UV ray kills bacteria and virus found in the processed water,” he said.
In this regard, he said, the machine was made using 100 per cent local materials and the research was conducted using the education grant provided by the government.
“We will recommend that the government produce at least 10 sets of the machines in every state to assist the people to access clean water in flood-hit or drought-affected areas,” he said.