Makerere scientists use rice husks, rocky materials to treat water

Scientists from the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University with support from the government Research and Innovations Fund (RIF) have developed two point of use water filtration systems to increase access to safe and clean drinking water.

The innovations include a rice husk-based granular activated carbon (Granular Activated Carbon) for point-of-use water treatment system and a zeolite-based nanocomposite filters for drinking water.

Dr. Robinah Kulabako, the Principal Investigator of the development of zeolite- based nanocomposite filters said that during the study, they discovered that zeolite has the potential to effectively remove water contaminants including heavy metals, bacteria including Escherichia coli (E. coli) oils, among other water contaminants. Read More