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Nanoscale solutions to a very large problem

Treated water is too often unavailable in parts of the world that cannot afford large treatment plants or miles of pipes to deliver it. Moreover, large-scale treatment and distribution uses a great deal of energy. According to researchers at the Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center, about 25 percent of the energy bill for a typical city is associated with the cost of moving water. NEWT’s primary mission is to produce more drinkable drops where they're needed the most. The new center was founded to transform the economics of water treatment by using nanotechnology to develop compact, mobile, off-grid systems to provide clean water to millions of people around the world. A second goal is to make U.S. energy production more sustainable and cost-effective in regards to its water use.

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