Drinking water

World Water Day

is marked on March 22 every year. It’s a United Nations day to celebrate water, make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water-related issues, and prepare for how we manage water in the future.

In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development', focusing on how water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability.


Our Thinking: Clean Water

Our Challenge

Water is fundamental to sustaining life. As the population increases worldwide, clean water becomes increasingly scarce. Research indicates that over 1.3 billion people have no access to safe drinking water, which is linked to over 35% of all deaths in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) cites water borne illnesses as a major factor in 1.8 million deaths each year of which 88% are children in developing countries. Prediction models estimate that global consumption of water will double in the next 20 years, yet water quality assurance is singularly undervalued and poses a significant threat to global health. 


  • Development of hand-held, portable, and networked devices capable of detecting/sensing chemical and biological agents.
  • Development of water contaminants remediation strategies designed to treat contaminants specific to a geographical location.
  • Development of small scale filtration unit capable of purifying water to meet or exceed local safety standards.
  • Development of membrane technology in conjunction with remediation strategies that scale-up filtration to meet commercial scale production of clean water.


Use of revolutionary scientific breakthroughs in a multidisciplinary environment to provide next generation solutions in support of:

Water quality monitoring by detection/sensing:

  • Detection of metals (As, Hg, Cr, Pb, etc.)
  • Detection of pathogenic agents (bacteria, virus, proteins etc.)
  • Detection of organic compounds (TCE, acetone, household degreasers, halogenated organics, etc.)
  • Detection of pharmaceuticals (antibiotics; steroids -fluxoymesterone, methyl-testosterone, nandrolone, oxandrolone, oxymetholone, testosterone, and stanozolol; acetaminophen and ibuprofen, etc.)
  • Detection of pesticide run-off
  • Detection of long-shelf life chemicals

RemediationGirl carry water

  • Removal of metals, pathogens, virus, proteins, organic compounds, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, long shelf-life chemicals in conjunction with desalination to meet or exceed the U.S. EPA standards for drinking water
  • Extension of research efforts towards inactivation / neutralization of various contaminants

SFI Collaborators

  • Ollscoil Luimnigh (University of Limerick), Limerick, IRELAND
  • University of Ulster, Coleraine, Londonderry, U.K.

NATO and Partner Country Collaborators

  • Laboratorio dei Biomateriali, Dipartimento di Chirurgie Specialistiche, Testa e Collo, Università  di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via Campi, Modena – ITALY
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, ISRAEL
  • Hacettepe Üniversitesi Byetepe, Ankara, TURKEY
  • The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GREECE
  • Institute of Geotechnics, Slovakia Institute of Science, Watsonova, Kosice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC
  • Mersin University, Chemical Engineering Department, Mersin, TURKEY

Speaker Availability

To learn more about the services provided by the ICWI/NUARI, and / or to schedule a seminar / lecture on “Water Contamination sensing/detection, contamination remediation strategies, water security, water management” please contact the ICWI Director, Dr. Ashok Vaseashta.

Current Publication

Technological Innovations in Sensing and Detection of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Threats and Ecological Terrorism, A. Vaseashta, E. Braman, P. Susmann (eds.). 2012. 406p.

This book emphasizes nanomaterials and nanotechnology-based sensing/detection platforms with a section on sensing and detection technology that can be applied to information security. (read more)


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