Researchers in Taiwan have discovered a water purifying technique that involves the use of CDs.
With the advent of iTunes and Spotify, simply throwing out your unwanted or worse, embarrassing collection of CDs may be a thing of the past, as studies show CDs can help considerably reduce pollution in water.
Perhaps now, even the worst taste in music, could be found palatable by others.
Ultimate Manilow, Queer as Folk: The Soundtrack, Smash Hits 1991.
You could soon make clean water using these cringe-worthy coasters.
There’s no evidence as yet regarding what happens if you attempt this process with a CD of Handel’s Water Music.
Optical discs or compact discs, by and large, are becoming obsolete, their extinction driven by the introduction of new technology including mobile phones and MP3 players. As a result, CDs are thrown away. This is harmful and wasteful due to the chemical composition of a CD. When a CD decomposes, toxic chemicals, found linked to cancer, are released.
How does the CD water purifying technique work?
It turns out that The Very Best of Jason Donovan has a perfect disc-surface for growing the compound zinc oxide. When under a UV light, this compound reacts and dissipates harmful contents in the water, including sewage.
Research has proven successful. Studies show fewer than 5% harmful matter remaining in the water after one hour. This conversion rate results in 1500ml of waste broken down every hour, perfect for small scale recycling that could suit a typical home.
If suggestions of drinking water that has been in contact with sewage leave you nauseous, consider the fact that the lack of clean drinking water is a serious, worldwide problem. Around 900 million people lack access to healthy, clean water.
Consumption of unclean water can result in a range of health problems and illnesses, including dysentery, which if left untreated, can result in death.
The conversion of waste water to a safely consumable product has already been practised in the USA. Of course, technically all water is recycled – it either comes from the sky, the sea, or trickling down an alpine hillside.
Yet convincing people to drink water that has come into contact with sewage will be the determining factor as to whether this research has been worthwhile, or the idea might burn out like CDs themselves.
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