Young seniors looking back from 2050 to June 2021:

Purifying water

Young seniors looking back from 2050 to June 2021:

Purifying water

Text: Niels Manning ‘Finalist Nationale Scheikunde Olympiade 2021’  Video: Videezy.com
10 june 2050

The year of 2050 already. It has been 25 years since I completed my studies at the University of Groningen. What beautiful things happened for mankind in this time! You can say that we as humans have really made progress. Fortunately, the CO2 emissions due to more sustainable techniques have decreased significantly. In addition to saving the earth, many human lives have also been saved. The new and especially better techniques for purifying polluted water have helped a lot. And I am very happy that I could contribute to that. .


What a mess we have made in 2025. We knew we had to preserve the earth and keep it clean. Yet nothing was done other than dumping waste. And worst of all, something unthinkable today, all the hazardous substances were discharged into the water. As if it were nothing, as if all those substances would have no effect on life, both above and below water. In addition to this, clean drinking water also became scarcer. Not only in the poor and dry countries, but all over the world. People got it hard. These were the biggest reasons that I helped to purify the water in the world.

Together with a team of excellent chemists around the world, I have worked on new innovations to purify water more efficiently and sustainably. My part of the research was to find a sustainable way to purify pesticide residues from drinking water. I was also helped by the largest water purification company of the time: 'WaterRecycle.' This company was founded in 2028 and has helped me and my team with this research.

During our research, we found out that no way had yet been found to remove all hazardous substances from the water. I have therefore been busy designing a new system. There were many setbacks in the beginning. Many ideas didn't work. In fact, I got the feeling that there was no better way to purify it at all.

Still, I went ahead with my team and managed to find a good sustainable way. We have been able to develop an idea for a machine that can detect the difference between water and other substances based on the bonds between the molecules. These substances can be 'attracted' by this machine, after which they can be removed from the water. This method not only has a higher return than the previous methods, but it is also more sustainable. The machine can be easily cleaned and used again.

This project by all researchers has greatly reduced the shortage of clean water and the oceans are clean again. Almost everyone now has enough clean drinking water. I still consider it a great honor that I was allowed to participate in this research.

Text:
Niels Manning  ‘Finalist Nationale Scheikunde Olympiade 2021’
Video:
Videezy.com

This method not only has a higher return than the previous methods, but it is also more sustainable.