Water and Wastewater management

Reading the newspaper recently, I came across an interesting article about a German company monitoring the trial of a sound system which, when combined with oxygen, helps break down sewage. The study claims that the sound waves of Mozart’s music, together with oxygen, boost the activity of micro-organisms in breaking down biosolids. Sydney Water is monitoring the trial to study whether the music aids micro-organisms to increase the aerobic degradation of organic matter.

Having read and studied the subject of water and wastewater management for more than a decade, the subject continues to amaze and astound me. One continues to discover new facts and data, that shows how little we understand of the wonders of water.

The famous Japanese author and entrepreneur Masaru Emoto has propounded the concept of Water Crystals through his popular book – “Messages from Water”. His concept basically claims that if human speech and thoughts are directed at water droplets before they are frozen, the images of the resultant water crystals would be “beautiful” or “ugly” depending on whether the thoughts and words are positive or negative. Emoto claims that this can also be achieved by prayer, music and by attaching written words to a bottle of water. This leads to the concept of water molecules having some degree of “memory” and this being utilized to deliver water that can be more healthy and mind-improving.

Recently, NASA studies have shown presence of water in an ice-form on the surface of the moon. Their possible presence through meteors that have stuck the moon over many centuries, gives rise to the possibility of human colonization of the moon. This would save gigantic costs involved in transporting water from the earth. The water on the moon could also be broken down into oxygen and hydrogen, that can act as the fuel for further inter-galactic exploration. Suddenly, the presence of water has made the moon appear a much more hospitable and reachable destination.

With the human body being more than 80% water, its impact on human health, emotion and well-being cannot be overestimated. Therefore it becomes extremely important to explore and examine all the wonders of this compound, to understand how one can benefit from the same.

I am often left with a feeling of awe and divinity when I explore the complexity and the simplicity of water. One may be religious or an atheist, but the intricacy and the mystery behind water does leave me with a feeling of greater powers dictating our lives. And my head bows with humility before the wonders of water.