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Water Purification

What is the quality of your drinking water?

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We propose an easy-to-use purification treatment for water with recommended dosages that are sufficient for efficient purification of water. The solution will entail chlorophyll to eliminate the unpalatable taste effects, resulting in an odorless and water-clear drinking water supply. It relies on the hydroxyl radical to purify the water with adequate processes to remove unreacted hydrogen peroxide. Another attractive feature of this solution is that the invasive hyacinth can be used as a source of chlorophyll which reacts with hydrogen peroxide to generate the hydroxyl radical. Other sources of chlorophyll include wheat grass which can be cultivated on the island and developed to produce a marketable product; a simple procedure for growing the wheatgrass is attached. The nutritional benefits are obvious.

The hydroxyl radical, OH·, is the neutral form of the hydroxide ion (OH). Hydroxyl radicals are highly reactive and consequently short-lived; however, they form an important part of radical chemistry. Most notably hydroxyl radicals are produced from the decomposition of hydro-peroxides (ROOH) or, in atmospheric chemistry, by the reaction of excited atomic oxygen with water. Hydroxyl radicals are also produced during UV-light dissociation of H2O2 (suggested in 1879) and likely in Fenton chemistry, where trace amounts of reduced transition metals catalyze peroxide-mediated oxidations of organic compounds.