6 Innovative, Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

by , 08/15/14

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Water has been prevailing theme over the past few years, especially in the wake of multiple natural disasters that involved polluting our oceans, flooding and access to clean water. Not only is it the stuff that makes the world go round, but every person needs access to clean drinking water and a number of designers around the world have been working to produce life-saving devices and designs that can filter or provide clean water for the world. It’s important to note that in addition to cleaning polluted water, we also need to crack down on business and factories polluting our rivers, lakes and oceans.



Originally just a plastic cigar-sized portable filter, LifeStraw purifiers are now available in sizes perfect for personal, family, group, and community use. LifeStraw uses hollow fibre microfiltration technology to purify water by removing potential pathogens like typhoid, cholera, dysentery as well as the parasites. The personal straw size works as soon as you suck up water from a source, rendering up to 1,000 liters of water fit to drink without electricity or additional attachments, while the family and community filters purify larger quantities of water through a larger pitcher.

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Related: Ingenious 14-Year-Old Invents Water Purification System for the Developing World 


Play Pump Merry Go-Round Water Pump

Since kids always seem to be bustling with extra energy, why not put that energy to good use. The Play Pump Merry Go-Round was designed as a fun water pump for rural villages and schools in Sub-Saharan Africa. Kids can have fun while providing water for use in cooking, sanitation, drinking, and even growing food. So far over 1,000 pumps have been installed, and PlayPumps International hopes to increase that number to 4,000 by the end of 2010.

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LifeSaver Water Filter

The LifeSaver is a water filtration device that uses various filters to screen out even the smallest viruses as well as bacteria, contaminants, and pathogens. Available in several different sizes to suit personal, family, travel, and emergency disaster use, these filters can clean 750ml of water in less than a minute, transforming polluted water into life-saving hydration. Although they were quite expensive when first developed, they have dropped in price to be much more affordable, and have been put to great use in communities all over the world.

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  2. ata October 16, 2010 at 8:55 am

    hi,glad to read your article on this issue..yes,we have the same problem…hope BAD 2010 will sparking hopes for those in need…feel free to read my posy on BAD 2010 here http://ata-timetochange.blogspot.com/2010/10/bad-2010sparking-hopes-for-palestinians.html

  3. metis October 16, 2010 at 12:03 am

    i thought life sack was still just design concept? did it go into production?

  4. lionsclubsorg October 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Great post about clean water! Our members are working to provide clean water and change lives in Africa: http://lionsclubsorg.wordpress.com/

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