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X-ray or re-purposed medical radioisotope based water and sewage sterilization

Safely enclosed X-ray sources or re-purposed medical radioisotopes can safely sterilize water and sewage that flows close by.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and Gamma-rays, is widely used to sterilize medical and food supplies. Surrounding properly designed sewage and water pipes with passive or active sources of ionizing radiation can provide robust biological sterilization and therefore increased water safety and availability for any community. It is cost effective to recycle obsolete radiation sources instead of expensive burial or dismantling. Recycled X-ray or radioisotopes can be safely enclosed in substantial buried concrete blocks so they do not present radiation danger outside the cement block and the buried cement block cannot be dismantled or moved without controlled giant machinery. Composite metal/glass/etc. tubes can provide long term safe separation of radioisotope and water.

WHO BENEFITS?

National economies, taxpayer, local communities, children, families - anybody who pays for healthcare or gets damaged by widespread disease load.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Recycling of existing widespread resources and extremely low maintenance makes it highly beneficial.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for one year or less

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

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Hi Szabolcs, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.