5 Amazing Inventions That Deliver Clean Water [VIDEOS]

Out-of-the-box thinking and a creative approach are the hallmarks of these impressive inventions, providing clean water to those in need.

May 6, 2015
LifeStraw

LifeStraw is a purifying straw that makes any puddle of water clean with a sip. [Facebook]

Water is a hot commodity, with countries around the world clamoring for access to clean, potable water. In the United States, the state of California is suffering from an epic drought, with citizens minimizing their water consumption and working on durable water solutions. In other parts of the world, access to clean water is still in rudimentary stages - millions of people have to travel large distances for access or drink from unsafe water sources.
Fortunately, there are a lot of innovative change makers and out-of-the-box thinkers who are taking a creative approach to delivering clean water to those in need. Learn more about these inspiring inventions that are making H20 more accessible to all, one drop at a time. 

1. HIPPO WATER ROLLER PROJECT

In rural Africa, women spend 26% of their time collecting and transporting water to their homes. The arduous task is time-consuming and the taxing physical labor later leads to health problems. While there is a ways to go before clean water faucets are installed in homes, the Hippo Water Roller is a simple solution that alleviates the task of collecting water. Designed by two South Africans, the Hippo Water Roller can carry up to 90 liters, lasts seven years or more, and is also a clean way to store the collected water. To date, more than 44,000 Hippo rollers have been distributed in South Africa and 20 other African countries. 

2. THE BILLBOARD THAT FILTERS WATER

In Lima, Peru there is a lot of desert and a large amount of people without potable water. As an advertisement to encourage students to enroll at Lima’s University of Engineering and Technology, this billboard captures moisture from the air and puts it through a reverse osmosis system, turning it into drinking water which is then stored in 20L tanks. The ingenious design takes advantage of the atmospheric humidity of almost 98%, to counter the dangerously low annual rainfall (just over half an inch).

3. THE DRINKABLE BOOK 

The nonprofit WaterIsLife created a book with pages that can purify water. Each page of the book is coated with silver nanoparticles, which kill 99.9% of the bacteria passing through them - resulting in safe drinking water. Once a page of the book has been torn out, it can be used multiple times as a filter, providing a long-lasting sustainable water purification system. Even more impressive - the book educates readers about water hygiene and provides useful tips about sanitation and safe water habits.

4. THE LIFESTRAW

This portable drinking straw, created Vestergaard, filters dirty water making it safe for drinking. The lightweight straw purifies a minimum of 1000 liters (264 gallons) of water, and removes 99.9% of bacteria and parasites. For every LifeStraw purchased, a school child in a developing country is provided with safe drinking water for an entire school year through their program Follow the Liters

5. WATERCONE

This low-tech solution harnesses the power of the sun to purify and desalinate water, and it’s super simple to use. Salty or brackish water is poured into the black pan and the cone is placed on top - absorbing the sunlight. The water begins to evaporate and condensate into droplets in the inner wall of the cone. Once all the water has evaporated, the cap on top of the cone is unscrewed and clean water can be poured into a bottle. The nifty contraption is ideal for people who live in hot sunny climates, and can even double as a hygienic fruit and fish drier or as a collector funnel for harvesting rain during monsoon seasons. 

Shoshana radiates doing good, driven by a love for people and community. Among many topics, she writes about friendship, creativity and healthy living.

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