This week, TIDES, the Department of Defense and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations put out a call for ideas for technologies that can be used by peacekeeping forces in the field. One of the primary technology categories they are looking for is water treatment.
According to an e-mail from the Water Council, “the UN is looking for new technologies that are simple, relatively low cost and easy to maintain by peacekeeping forces in the field or at forward operating bases.” When it comes to water technologies, they are specifically looking for filtration, rainwater harvesting, well drilling, solar purification and water conservation solutions, but are open to any ideas suited for large or small groups. The e-mail also reminded submitters to keep in mind that these technologies would be used in developing parts of the world, where people may not have access to the infrastructure we do in developed nations.
The groups are open to any ideas that might be of use to members of peacekeeping missions in the field, but submissions are due by tomorrow, Feb. 6. Submissions should include an image and brief, one sentence description of the technology idea. Any questions or submissions should be e-mailed to [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected].