Many regions in Malawi, Africa, are struggling with access to safe drinking water. Urban areas are subject to tap water supplies with little to no water treatment, while the surrounding rural communities are forced to drink from untreated and poorly maintained wells and boreholes, resulting in high rates of diarrhea and other sanitation-associated illness.
Solar water treatment helps Malawi communities achieve clean water
Kinetico donates water purification system to home renovation efforts
Kinetico Inc. partnered with Designing Spaces to support the donation and renovation of a home for Purple Heart veteran Pfc. Jeffery Taylor, his wife and three children. Kinetico water treatment products were contributed to improve the water quality in their home. The renovation will be revealed during a three-part television series, Designing Spaces of Hope — Project Homeward Bound, which airs Sept. 25 to 27, 2013, on Lifetime Television.
The H2gO purifier is a handheld 3-oz device that converts a few grains of common salt into a powerful disinfecting solution in seconds. It can treat 1 to 20 liters of water at a time and never needs replacement parts. The purifier is simple to use and free to operate. It is driven by a cell phone battery that can be charged by the integrated solar panel or USB, and is able to treat 300 liters of water per charge. There is an LED flashlight for nighttime operation.
The small unit purifier is approved for providing safe drinking water for military personnel
Seldon Technologies Inc. announced that the Seldon WaterBox 300 MIL has passed the rigorous NSF P248 Protocol, Appendix B, assuring military personnel of safe drinking water, free of viruses, bacteria and cysts, anywhere in the world.
The Seldon WaterBox 300 MIL is a small unit water purifier using patented nano–filtration technology and is the first of Seldon’s product line to pass the NSF P248 protocol.
In many developing areas in Africa, accessing clean drinking water is a serious challenge for thousands of communities. The only sources of water available to their residents often are overrun with bacteria, waste and harmful contaminants. Many times, a family’s only way to obtain potable water is to walk long distances to the nearest well or other groundwater source. Such a task has several adverse effects, particularly on women and children, who may spend much of their time retrieving low-quality water for their families instead of attending school.
Nonprofit organizations work to provide clean water in Africa
Water brings life—but what if with each nourishing sip of water you took, you also risked your life?
That is the case for the millions of people worldwide who lack access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 783 million people relied on an unimproved drinking water source in 2010, while 2.5 billion lacked improved sanitation. This puts them at risk for any number of waterborne diseases and parasites, such as cholera, diarrhea and more.
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students recently showed their design in Washington, D.C.
A portable solar-powered water purifier designed for use by disaster responders has put a team of student engineers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the running for a national award sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The group, led by Embry-Riddle engineering professors Marc Compere, Mark Fugler and Yan Tang, was one of 45 teams selected by the agency from among 150 applicants around the country and given funding to continue with development of its design.
The SteriPEN Freedom is a pocket-sized UV water purifier with the ability to recharge via a micro-B USB port. The personal water purifier uses UV light to destroy more than 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa, such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, in less than one minute. It can provide 8,000 half-liter water treatments and includes an integrated LED flashlight.