Addressing arsenic contamination in Allensworth, California

Allensworth is an impoverished community in California’s Central Valley that relies on drinking water contaminated with naturally high levels of arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic contaminant. . Our research group has invented a rapid and effective technology to remove arsenic from water to levels below the maximum allowed by the EPA.  This technology has been scaled up and is being field-tested in Allensworth with support from the local community and the State of California, in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Here is a TV clip produced by the news channel Al Jazeera about this effort in Fall 2022. 

Further coverage of this work can be found in The American Association for the Advancement of Science and The Berkeley Engineer