Banjarmasin (ANTARA) - Delegates from Brazil have expressed their interest in adopting a water utilization technology developed by South Kalimantan's Lambung Mangkurat University (ULM), which was exhibited on the sidelines of the 10th World Water Forum in Bali.

Head of the ULM's Wetland Environmental Academic Support Unit, Maya Amalia, said in Banjarmasin on Monday that ULM's superior water utilization technology comprises two products.

The first is a water treatment tool, which can turn peat water into drinkable water. The tool, which has a capacity of around 1–2 liters/minute, was developed by lecturer Totok Wianto and his team from ULM's Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

"The tool is reliable for equipment after hydrological disasters, such as floods, because it is equipped with solar cells, which are capable of converting light energy into electrical energy," Amalia said.

The second innovation is an organic fertilizer made from water hyacinth materials. It was developed by lecturer Dessy Maulidya Maharani and her team from ULM's Faculty of Agriculture.

"We displayed these two products at the 10th WWF event in Bali some time ago. We are collaborating with the Kalimantan III River Basin Center (BWS)," she added.

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Amalia said that delegates from abroad, especially Brazil, were interested in the products because of their unique characteristics.

In particular, the water treatment tool also drew special attention from the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) along with river basin centers from various provinces.

She revealed that she coordinated with several foreign representatives and other provincial river basin centers to develop the two products, together with a team of experts from ULM.

The representatives from Brazil expressed their interest in utilizing the two products in their country, so communication must be established to allow the two technologies to be developed further in the future, she added.

According to Amalia, the opportunity to get involved and participate in the 10th WWF in Bali has had a good impact on ULM's mission to become a world-class university.

"We hope that through coordination with the delegation of the 10th WWF activities in Bali, the technology created by ULM can be further developed for academic and non-academic needs," she added.

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