In his research, Mohsen Abu Haifa focuses not only on finding new sources of water, but also on creating filtration systems that reduce the waste of available water and allow its reuse.
“There are huge water resources, but they are always neglected,” he said.
He explained that many private homes in Jordan use desalination and filtration units to ensure a supply of safe drinking water, but that even in the best of these systems, each liter of treated water corresponds to three liters that goes down the drain without being used. The ratio of wasted water and fresh water can be double that in some systems, depending on the quality of the filters, he added.
Abu Haifa, a mining and mineral-processing engineer, graduated from Al-Huson University College, a division of Al-Balqa’ Applied University in the Irbid governorate, north of Amman, in the 1990s.
The large amounts of water wasted in filtration systems led him to focus on finding solutions. In 2011, he created a portable desalination device that could be fitted with filters to capture salty water that’s wasted during the filtration process and mix it with water from other sources for use in ponds or for household purposes other than drinking.
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