Gallery: PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough ...


Almost one billion people on Earth have no access to clean drinking water, and dirty water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence. Jane Harrison and David Turnbull of Atopia Research have come up with a way to raise awareness around this dire situation by marrying it with one of the world’s most popular sports. Their creation, PITCHAfrica, is a soccer field (or pitch) that collects and filters water. The ingenious invention is both a fun place for communities to gather and a way for them to access clean water.

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  1. Jessy Lemay Bourassa November 24, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    because if it was a school or an hospital we probly woulnt talk about it, play by the rules

  2. paisha October 20, 2012 at 2:25 am

    The synoptic rainfall data for Cape Town (~19 inches) and Jo’burg (~28 inches) would suggest that your estimate of yield is considerably over-optimistic. Besides, the cost of the plasma (?) TV shown would probably easily finance a borehole and pump to provide considerably more – and reliably so – than the soccer pitch. Soccer is a contact sport and people bleed from time to time. Have you considered the risk of HIV since African rates of HIV are much higher than elsewhere ?

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  4. CarlosFromPhilly July 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

    As awesome an idea (kinda? i think?) as this is, I don’t quite understand why a soccer pitch is chosen as the front.
    Why not instead choose something like a school? Or a hospital? Maybe it’s just me, but the idea of a water supply being exposed to long days of children stomping around and falling and bleeding or whatever seems a little unnecessary…

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