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Israel Help to Reduce Water Pollution

Israel help to reduce water pollution

BHUBANESWAR: A team of experts from Israel on Tuesday reached Bhubaneswar to study groundwater pollution in the city. The Chilika Development Authority (CDA), which is managing the wetlands at Chilika, is facilitating the team’s visit.

The team will conduct a study called ‘phytoremediation’, meaning use of plants for the removal of pollutants from contaminated soil or water. “We have selected wetlands near the Biju Patnaik Airport for the study. The Odisha Wetlands Development Authority and department of forest and environment along with CDA will help the team promote eco-friendly technology to reduce water pollution,” said chief executive of CDA Ajit Pattnaik.

He said the study would go a long way in restoring the quality of water in urban water bodies. “The phytoremediation method to reduce water contamination involves zero operating costs. Within the next three months, the state government will run this technology on a pilot basis in urban areas. Based on the results, the plans for implementation will be drawn up,” said Pattnaik.

“The technology can be used by municipalities, multi-dwellings units, industries and wetlands for holistic wastewater management,” said Eli Cohen, one of the team members.

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