October 15, 2010 Hatem Ben Yacoub

Blog Action Day 2010 : Me & Water

Tunisia – Monastir, Eleven years ago ; I was studying in the National Energy Engineering School – it was my second year- and like every year we have to work on a project related to energy engineering. In that time I suggested to work on Sizing of Ozone reactor for Water treatment, the subject wasn’t as familiar as today, and not yet industrialised.

I was very excited when Professor Ahmed Ballagi accepted to coach me on this project, as he was our teacher for reactor’s course in that time.

That year I have discovered and for the first time the number of elements that could be found in water, thousands and thousands of elements ! I always thought that it’s no more that the ten elements written in the mineral water bottle !

The project was finished in time, and I even found very acceptable scientific results that my couch confirmed. This study should be available in my school (ENIM), and I’m still keeping a copy of this work at my parent’s home in Tunisia.

In the last ten years I have been actively working in the IT industry and didn’t follow-up my energy engineering studies. Today I wanted to share and remember this work, as I know that Ozone is a very dangerous element, but we can get very very good water quality especially for highly polluted water.

A post treatment should be considered if this water is for human usage, otherwise it might be sufficient for any other usage.

Today, after all these years, nothing really changed ! Do you think there is not enough technology to give clean water for everybody ? No, I think there is everything available today, however politics and economy are controlling most of the water, industry is polluting the rest of it , and for a reason or another lots of money dedicated for water treatment or protection have disappeared ….  poor people are the only ones suffering around the world, and we are all poor people.

God told us in Quran, Surat Al-Anbiya (Verse 30): “Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one united piece, then We parted them ? And We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe ?”

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Hatem Ben Yacoub Energy Engineer, Entrepreneur, ICT & eGov Consultant with over 15 years experience. Independent Open Data expert.

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