Even though it is hard to believe in this day and age access to clean water is still a problem in many developing countries. One system named Aguasolar is now hoping to help the situation and has created a portable water purifier that uses just sunshine to purify water.
Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the Aguasolar which has been designed and developed by Martina Andersson and a team based in Colombia to bring clean water to rural areas.
Aguasolar is a portable water purifier that only uses sunshine to clean the water. It has been specifically designed to be used in households in the developing world where access to drinking water is often scarce. By helping us you are actively providing access to clean water to the people of Colombia.
Access to drinking water in Colombia is very unequal. Approximately half of the rural population in Colombia do not have access to drinkable water services. On for example the pacific coast, 75% of the population lacks this basic right. Unclean water does not only give waterborne illnesses like diarrhoeal diseases, but also creates a negative chain when children are missing school due to being sick, the family loses income and the overall quality of life is affected.
Not only humans are concerned. The traditional way of boiling water to make it clean causes deforestation as high amounts of wood is needed. This results in increased carbon emissions, soil degradation and less biodiversity which all increase environmental problems that affects us on a global scale, not only Colombia.
We want to provide clean access to water for all Colombians who are suffering from the devastating effects of dirty water with Aguasolar! The solution lies in our and your hands – help us help the Colombian people by bringing the innovative product Aguasolar to Colombia. So how does it work? Solar energy is a well documented means of treating contaminated water. Aguasolar can give up to 10 years of clean water per unit – only by having it in direct sunshine.
The user fills the device with the untreated water through an opening that houses a fabric filter – this removes larger particles and can be replaced by cloth if damaged or lost. Putting it in the sun, Aguasolar simultaneously heats the water and exposes it to ultraviolet radiation which penetrates the surface of the device and destroys the microorganisms that causes diseases. This combination is a highly effective means of purifying water and the water will be free of pathogenic material such as bacteria, viruses and parasites in 2-6 hours, depending on conditions . An indicator tells the user when the treatment process is complete – a sad red face changes to green and happy. 🙂
For more information on the new Aguasolar water purifier jump over to the Kickstarter website for details and full specifications by following the link below.
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