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Sieve can turn seawater into drinking water

Graphene-based membranes could be used to revolutionise water filtration across the world. Credit: University of Manchester

Scientists have developed a sieve which removes the salt from seawater.

The discovery by a UK research team could help provide clean drinking water for millions who need it.

At the moment the technique, using a graphene-based sieve, is limited to the lab - but it could one day prove invaluable.

Rahul Nair from the University of Manchester, who led the study, said: "It is a significant step forward and will open new possibilities for improving the efficiency of desalination technology."

By 2025, 1.2 billion people may not have access to drinking water. Credit: AP

The UN predicts that around 1.2 billion people, or 14% of the world's population, will experience difficulties sourcing clean water by 2025.

This new technology has the potential to revolutionise water filtration across the world.

It is hoped that graphene-oxide based systems can be built on smaller scales making it accessible to countries who do not have the funding to run large water plants.