Two Fife companies revive Soviet Space technology to provide clean water for 100 000 people in Pakistan using Scottish Government grant


Clean water is the essential basis for any society but in parts of Pakistan its availability is often a problem. This results in a cycle of disease, poor health and a weak local economy. Now, ADVES Water Ltd, Bridge Technologies, the James Hutton Institute and the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad are working together to deliver a high-quality purification facility with a £50 000 grant. The technology was first developed for Soviet space craft in the 1970s. This is another of many contributions Scottish scientists and researchers are making to the lives of people in poorer parts of the world. See these recent examples:

Scottish Researchers again!

Scottish research first to identify ways of reducing cattle-fart with view to saving the planet

Scottish Association for Marine Science to lead seaweed research to benefit developing nations

Scottish Veterinary researchers working to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan Africa.

Scottish university research to help developing nations remove arsenic from water supplies

I feel sure this heart-warming and positive story will be in the forefront of BBC Scotland broadcast news. The SNP and the Soviet Union will surely get a mention. Let me know if you see them.


9 thoughts on “Two Fife companies revive Soviet Space technology to provide clean water for 100 000 people in Pakistan using Scottish Government grant

  1. Dan Huil November 19, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Willie Whatshisname says it’s a Russian plot and he’s leaving Fife.


  2. Alasdair Macdonald November 19, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    As well as a ‘Putin’ link, I forecast a reference to ISIS or Al Quaeda, too.


      • Clydebuilt November 20, 2017 / 9:29 am

        Before they get round to moving away from monkeys. . . . . They would want to use up their supply of . . . Red Jumper spacesuits

        Talking about Soviet technology. . . Decades ago private eye had an article suggesting that Phages might be used to tackle HIV and otter viruses. Apparently Phages were used in The Soviet Union. Read recently that Phages are being looked at in “The West”

        Soviet technology. . . Sam Delaney’s News Thing on RT Sat and Sun. 10.20pm funniest show on the box

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    • Alasdair Macdonald November 20, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      About 25 years ago, on a guided walk around Possil Marsh in Glasgow, the guide mentioned organisms found in the very pure marsh water which were being used by a group at Glasgow Royal Infirmary to clean up necrotic tissue in wounds. I meant to check it further at the time, but forgot until Clydebuilt’s post jogged my memory. Perhaps some of our medical readers could clarify.

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  3. Solace December 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

    It would be good to have Best Management Practices to understand temporal and spatial distribution of water in different land uses. Some data about long term trends in precipitation and ground water aquifer levels to understand how to prefer well for a dry versus wet years and what crops to grow that can recharge or deplete our ground water system.

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