Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Technology and Clean Water for the Developing World

Clean drinking water is unavailable to over a billion people around the globe, but new technologies are enabling some entrepreneurs to develop ways to help.

A Mashable Tech post today outlines 5 new technologies that are helping to bring clean water to the developing world. View the full article to see a collection of YouTube videos further describing each of these technologies and the companies and organizations behind them:
  • A reusable water bottle with a teabag style water filter (costing about half a cent, from Stellenbosch University Water Institute HOPE Project)
  • LifeStraw, a personal, portable purification tool (costing $5, from Vestergaard Frandsen)
  • SlingShot, a tool which uses the energy required of a toaster, and has the ability to transform water as bad as sewage into 1,000 liters of drinkable water per day ($2,000 from Dean Kamen)
  • Midomo, a portable device on wheels. Its internal filter system is powered by the rotation of the wheels. (For $475, purchase a bracelet from Red Button Designs, and a Midomo is delivered to an African community.)
  • The Lifesaver Jerrycan, a portable system which uses nanofilter technology.
Interested in more information about clean drinking water? Check out the Clean Drinking Water recommended reading list at the Water Library.