NATO grant issued to detect water supply contaminants

NATO's Science for Peace and Security Program recently awarded Norwich University Applied Research Institutes with a $360,000 grant to detect contamination in water supplies.

The project, titled "Technical Advances to Detect and Remove Contaminants in Water for Safety and Security," will attempt to use advanced nanotechnology to detect intentional and inadvertent chemical, biologic, radiological and nuclear contamination in water supplies, reports.

The project will also attempt to mitigate such contaminants and develop a stand-alone prototype to supply clean water and develop a GPS/GIS-based Contamination Identification and Level Monitoring Electronics Display Systems prototype meant to monitor water level contaminants.

Professor Ashok Vaseashta, the director of the International Clean Water Institute at Norwich University Applied Science Research Institutes, will conduct the project, according to

The project, which is expected to begin soon, is set to run for three years and will require an extensive communication plan, including a book series on the topic of "Technological Solutions for Water - Contamination Detection, Remediation and Management," as well as a number of regional and international conferences related to the project.

Federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in 2002, Norwich University Applied Research Institutes is funded in part through the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. The institutes are dedicated to the pursuit of building the nation and preparing to deal with threats to the American way of life.