LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming and a state nonprofit rural water organization have teamed up in an effort to make water safer to drink worldwide.

UW recently completed a license agreement with the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems in which the association will develop and market the university's patented technology that removes arsenic from water.

The Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems is based in Glenrock.

Executive Director Mark Pepper says the association will use its contacts within the water treatment industry in hopes of using the UW technology on a commercial scale.

Arsenic is an odorless and tasteless semi-metal element. It enters drinking water supplies from natural earth deposits or from agricultural and industrial activity.