An innovative technology for drinking water disinfection system with trade name OneerTM was transferred to New Delhi-based M/s Bluebird Water Purifiers in the presence of Union Minister of Science & Technology and Vice-President, CSIR, Dr Harsh Vardhan. Developed by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR), Lucknow, OneerTM is useful for continuous treatment of water and eliminates all disease causing pathogens such as virus, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and cyst to provide safe drinking water to domestic and communities settings as per national and international standards prescribed for potable water (BIS, WHO etc).
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that it is well-known that infection through drinking water results in an increase in morbidity and mortality particularly among children and OneerTM developed by CSIR-IITR will provide access to safe and clean drinking water at a cost of just 2 paise per litre.
The smaller unit of OneerTM is particularly suitable for homes, street food vendors, and small establishments.
Dr Harsh Vardhan further added that the community level model is of 450 LPH capacity which can be scaled up to 5,000-1 lakh litres per day; and is also maintenance and membrane-free. “The technology will be helpful specially for rural people since it can be solar powered. This development is in line with the Make in India mission,” added the Union Minister.
Dr Shekhar C Mande, Director General, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR lauded the efforts of CSIR-IITR scientists in developing OneerTM. He said that currently a large proportion of India’s rural community is consuming water that does not meet the WHO drinking water quality standards