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Emergency water purifier unveiled

2012/04/13 22:56:42

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) The Water Resources Agency on Friday unveiled an emergency water purification system that can turn dirty water into drinking water and help ease water shortages in areas hit by disasters.

The system, created by the agency in collaboration with the Industrial Technology Research Institute, can be assembled in 20 minutes and produce as much as 15 cubic meters of clean drinking water each day, enough to meet the needs of 5,000 people, the agency said.

The system is named Q Water because it produces quality water quickly and in abundant quantities, the agency said.

The water agency will also work with the institute to come up ways to generate or store power with solar-powered, wind-powered or pedal-powered generators to ensure that the purifier can continue to work if a disaster area is hit by a power outage.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Jamie Wang)