Affordable Water Disinfection System- Oneer

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    22nd Oct, 2018


An innovative technology for “Drinking Water Disinfection System” with trade name “Oneer” has been developed by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR), Lucknow.


  • The device will continuous treat water and eliminate all disease causing pathogens such as virus, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and cyst to provide safe drinking water to domestic and communities settings as per national and international standards prescribed for potable water (BIS, WHO etc.).
  • It will provide access to safe and clean drinking water at a cost of just 2 Paise / Ltr.
  • Its community level model has capacity of 450 LPH which can be scaled up to 5000 to 1 lakh L/day and is also maintenance and membrane free.
  • The smaller unit of Oneer is particularly suitable for homes, street food vendors, and small establishments.

CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR), Lucknow, a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was established in 1965. It is the only institute of toxicology in the country contributing towards cutting-edge research and innovation in toxicology. It is working to mitigate problems of human health and environment.

It has following objectives:

  • Safety evaluation of chemicals used in industry, agriculture and everyday life.
  • Mode of action of toxic chemicals/pollutants.
  • Remedial/preventive measures to safeguard health and environment from pollutants.
  • Occupational health hazards due to exposure in chemicals industries, mines, agricultural fields and environment.
  • Simple/rapid diagnostic tests for disorders caused by industrial and environmental chemicals
  • Collect, store and disseminate information on toxic chemicals.
  • Human resource development for dealing with industrial and environmental problems.
  • Provide a platform to public and entrepreneurs to address queries and concerns regarding safety/toxicity of chemicals additives and products.


According to the World Health Organization, "access to safe drinking-water is essential to health, a basic human right and a component of effective policy for health protection”. But, currently, a large proportion of India's rural community is consuming water that does not meet the WHO drinking water quality standards. It is well known that infection through drinking water results in an increase in morbidity and mortality particularly amongst children. The developed technology will enhance the quality of life of common people. It will be helpful especially for rural people since it can be solar powered. At economy front, it is also in line with the ‘Make in India’ mission.

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