Water is life. Unfortunately, not everyone on the planet has consistent access to clean water.
Fortunately, advancements in technology have made it a little easier to provide ways for people who live in 3rd world countries to have access to safe drinking water. From high tech water level sensors to personal water filtration systems, technology is changing the way we clean our water.
Update your water knowledge, and learn a little about the technologies that are saving lives. Here are a few ways water tech is creating new and attainable ways for families to rest assured their drinking water isn’t contaminated.
Dean Kamen’s SlingShot
Families living in undeveloped countries live every day worrying about where their next water source will be. There may be water all around, but obtaining clean and safe drinking water is a daily challenge.
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When there is no formal infrastructure for sewage and water purification, people are left to fend for themselves. The inventor of the Segway, Dean Kamen, also created a crafty device, called the SlingShot, that can purify up to 1,000 liters of clean water per day.
The machine can be run on a minute amount of electricity, and will work just fine being powered by a cow dung generator in a 3rd world country. The SlingShot doesn’t just clean water. It also produces small amounts of electricity; enough to give light to a small village with low-energy bulbs.
Vestergaard Frandsen’s LifeStraw
One of the most simple and easy to use contraptions saving lives in undeveloped countries is the LifeStraw. The LifeStraw doesn’t require the power of electricity to function. No batteries are necessary.
All a person has to do to utilize the LifeStraw is dip it in some water, and take a sip. The straw is equipped with super-fine filtration which removes up to 99.9 percent of bacteria from the water, making it safe for ingestion.
The best part about the LifeStraw is that it only costs $5 to manufacture, and a person can use their LifeStraw for up to a year’s time. There’s nothing to replace or upkeep on the device. Just sip, and drink.
Red Button’s Midomo
Midomo was designed to assist with water purification for the families who have to walk miles every day just to reach a water source. The Midimo is powered by the rotation of its wheels. The device helps carry the water, and it filters the water on the way back home.
The Midomo can carry up to 50 liters of water in one trip. Red Button sells a bracelet for the Midomo. With the purchase of every $275 bracelet purchased, a family gets their Midomo delivered. The serial number on the bracelet corresponds with the device, so you can digitally track the journey of your donation.