It is not uncommon to see a trail of pristine water on the beaches of America, but rarely do we see a clean water trail in its entirety.
That is about to change.
The US Department of Energy has announced plans to build a clean-waters trail that will take a 1.5-mile (2.2-km) stretch of river in Pennsylvania from the village of Staunton to the shores of the Allegheny River.
This trail will include two sections, one for the village and one for Staunston, and will be named the “Graphene Clean Water Trail” in honor of the American Graphene Company.
The trail will connect the villages of Staugle and Staunington with the Alleghenys and Allegheny Rivers.
This new trail is expected to be completed by 2022.
The graphene-based water treatment system graphene-water treatment plant is set to be built in StaunTON, Pennsylvania, USA, on June 23, 2018, the first-of-its-kind in the world.
The city of St. Cloud, Minnesota, is planning to build an equivalent facility in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Both projects are slated to cost $10 billion.
The two projects will use a similar approach to a water treatment plant, but the graphene-technology used to treat the water will be applied on a “bulk basis,” meaning the amount of graphene will be used to control how much of the water is used.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the graphene process is a “comprehensive” one that can handle up to 1.6 billion tons of water a day, or roughly a quarter of the country’s annual water use.
The company that owns the company that makes graphene has said it will apply for a patent on the process sometime next year.
The process was first developed in the 1950s, but only recently has it been applied to water in an industrial setting.
The American Giphy-based company that developed graphene-related products will be able to sell the process to manufacturers.
It is also hoped that the graphene can be used in other industries that rely on clean water.
The first graphene water treatment site was completed in 2010 and a similar project is being planned in New Jersey.
The United Kingdom is also planning to construct a similar facility and in June 2019, the United States will begin construction of the first permanent graphene-treated water treatment facility in the United Kingdom.
As the technology is developed and more and more of the world is getting the benefit of the graphene, the US government is expected as well to consider this new technology for use in water treatment, as well.
“We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Defense has committed to funding this groundbreaking new technology in the near future,” said James E. Kuzie, Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Security, in a statement.
“The graphene process was a major breakthrough for the United Nations’ Global Water Partnership in 2020, and we are confident this technology can be a significant boon to the water industry in the U .S.”