Innovations in water purification are incredibly important in order to ensure that activities such as irrigating crops, washing and waste disposal, as well as other agricultural and industrial activities, are protected. While most water that originates from taps, in most countries, is now clean and safe, around 11% of the world’s population still don’t have access to potable water. This is why scientists from around the world have been working hard at leveling up water purifying technology. Here are 3 new innovations that are readily available to the public.
Lifestraw and Nanotechnology
This is a small cigar-shaped tube that is packed full with some truly innovative engineering. It purifies water from potential pathogens such as typhoid or cholera, before the liquid even touches your lips. This nifty little device is being hailed as an inexpensive and amazing way of delivering drinkable water in the remotest of locations. With innovations in nanotechnology filtration, products like this may mean low-cost purified water for all may be just around the corner.
Ceramic Water Filters
This technology reached high acclaim in 2008, when UNICEF, in association with the Water and Sanitation Programme were awarded for providing Cambodia with ceramic water filters. These are made from fired clay, and the tiny pores of the ceramic material are small enough to remove virtually all bacteria and protozoa. Using gravity to facilitate the filtration process, this device provides a flow rate of up to 3 litres an hour.
Water Purifying BicycleSomething called the “cycloclean” was created by Japan’s Nippon Basic Company. It was incredibly well-received by many, both in the scientific and humanitarian circles. It’s a water purifying bike that harnesses kinetic energy in order to decontaminate liquid. Another innovation bringing water to remote areas that don’t have the luxury of clean water-distribution infrastructures. With such an intense pressure on the world’s limited clean water supplies, it’s important that businesses and scientists support the continuing development and research into water purifying technology. Not only in terms of tap water, but also in the creation and distribution of distilled water, which has a really wide range of uses and applications, particularly in industry.