UMA Provides Safe Drinking Water for Pedestrians
The construction of facilities and infrastructure in University of Medan Area (UMA) aims to support the campus greening program, one of which is utilizing the harvested rain water to be processed into safe drinking water which is provided as a facility for pedestrian as well as lecturers, staff, students as well as the community surrounding University of Medan Area. This program is made as solution for the low coverage of drinking water sources which meet health requirements for consumption.
The utilization of harvested rain water treated into safe drinking water is supported by Yayasan Pendidikan Haji Agus Salim to create a clean, cozy, eco-friendly and convenient campus. The main indicators of safe drinking water treatment are determined by their feasibility and cleanliness. One of them is by making sure there are no harmful bacteria such as E. coli in it. Moreover, UMA also has confirmed the safe drinking water feasibility by getting the certificate of safe drinking water from PDAM (Indonesian Regional Water Utility Company) Tirtanadi.
The process of harvested rainwater into safe drinking water involved latest technology for water filtration. Which use carbon filter for the removal of sand, rust, dirt, organic chemicals, chlorine and hard water contaminants (e.g. heavy metals/trace elements). The system also reduces odor and unwanted color and taste as well as rejects TDS in the water. The filtration system also equipped with reverse osmosis membrane, it removes hard water contaminants which possibly present in water sources such as lead, cooper, barium, chromium, mercury, sodium, cadmium, fluoride, nitrite, nitrate, and selenium. NSF approved post carbon is also used to guarantee the taste of water.