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CSIR water experts briefs media on the latest water quality research

Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Water experts from the CSIR briefs the media on strategies used by a peri-urban community in Hammanskraal to access water, the quality of water accessible to the community and the health risks.

CSIR studies also show that some of the common household products, including sunscreens, hair relaxers, lotions and cleaning detergents, contain engineered nanomaterial ingredients that, when released into the environment, have the potential to cause nanopollution.

Media statement

Contact Person

David Mandaha

+12 841 3654/ 072 126 8910

dmandaha@csir.co.za

Water experts from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) briefs the media on strategies used by a peri-urban community in Hammanskraal to access water, the quality of water accessible to the community and the health risks.

CSIR studies also show that some of the common household products, including sunscreens, hair relaxers, lotions and cleaning detergents, contain engineered nanomaterial ingredients that, when released into the environment, have the potential to cause nanopollution. Nanopollution describes an introduction of nano-sized contaminants into the natural environment, which causes instability, possibly harming the ecosystem.

A total of 264 nano-enabled products were identified as containing engineered nanomaterials, spanning six product categories, namely health and fitness; electronics and computers; home and garden; appliances; automotive and food and beverage. The health and fitness category dominated, making up over half of the identified products.

The media will also briefed on the latest technologies developed by the science council to treat domestic and wastewater.

Media is invited as follows:

Date: 26 September 2019
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Venue: CSIR Building 20, Baobab room

NB: Please bring proof of identification and allow 10 minutes for registration at reception.

RSVP: Kgauhelo Dioka on 012 841 2972/073 398 8633 or e-mail kdioka@csir.co.za

For enquiries:
David Mandaha: CSIR Media Relations Manager
Tel: 012 841 3654/072 126 8910
Email: dmandaha@csir.co.za

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