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India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan--one of the most

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Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

In January 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (or MCHM for short) spilled from a ruptured Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River near Charleston, W.V. Exposure

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Looking for a beer made from actual human piss? Urine luck.

Looking for a beer made from actual human piss? Urine luck.

In 2001 the hipsters of Portland planted the seed for a fascination with PBR that quickly spread nation-wide, so what state could be better qualified to sell us a beer made from actual human urine? While

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Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

  In his quest to help save the planet, Bill Gates has literally tasted the next evolution in waste water technology: drinking water recycled from human waste. Gates visited the

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Panasonic’s new technology can purify water using sunlight

Panasonic’s new technology can purify water using sunlight

A new technology from Panasonic could produce clean drinking water with the purifying power of sunlight. Using a combination of sunlight and photocatalysts, the new technology quickly turns polluted

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid?

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New solar-powered invention can make sea water drinkable

New solar-powered invention can make sea water drinkable

The world is rapidly reaching global water crisis mode with nearly one billion people lacking access to clean potable water. But a new solar-powered invention by award-winning British company Desolenator

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

Our bodies are comprised of about 60 percent water, and to stay healthy, we need to drink 8-10 glasses of it a day—even more than that in summertime. But how safe is our drinking water? From lead paint

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IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

There were a lot of creative, efficient designs featured at Milan Design Week, but this one just might be our favorite. The RainHouse's complex rainwater harvesting system is built around IVANKA's unique

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Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone

Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone

With freshwater declining throughout the globe, desalination looks increasingly attractive, but current technologies are expensive, demand far too much energy and are prone to contamination. Now

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Drought-Stricken California Breaks Ground on the Largest Seawater Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere

Drought-Stricken California Breaks Ground on the Largest Seawater Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere

Cracked ground image via Shutterstock California is currently experiencing its worst drought in 500 years. Although it's always been an arid state, there's reason to believe that California's current

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NKD AQUA POD Promises to Supercharge Filtered Water with Minerals and Electrolytes

NKD AQUA POD Promises to Supercharge Filtered Water with Minerals and Electrolytes

There are plenty of water filtration systems that promise to help rid your tap water of microorganisms and bacteria, but what happens to all the natural minerals? That’s where the NKD AQUA POD comes in

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Carnegie Wave Energy to Launch the World’s First Wave-Powered Desalination Plant

Carnegie Wave Energy to Launch the World’s First Wave-Powered Desalination Plant

Carnegie Wave Energy is planning to open the world's first zero-emission wave powered desalination plant on Garden Island in Australia. Using the Perth company's proprietary "CETO technology," the two

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6 Human-Powered Gadgets To Improve Your Life

6 Human-Powered Gadgets To Improve Your Life

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Electric washers and dryers seem pretty darn convenient until the power goes out. Then, unless you've got a washtub, scrub board, and a lot of elbow grease, you're going to

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Thames Water to Transform London’s Sewage Into Drinking Water for Entire Population

Thames Water to Transform London’s Sewage Into Drinking Water for Entire Population

London photo from Shutterstock Thames Water, the company that provides drinking water for the city of London, has unveiled a new long-term strategy that will recycle sewage to provide drinking water

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Berkey Water Filters Provide Clean, Fresh Drinking Water At Home and In Disaster Relief

Berkey Water Filters Provide Clean, Fresh Drinking Water At Home and In Disaster Relief

With bottled water and potable tap water both so readily available in developed countries, it's easy to take clean drinking water for granted. But when natural disasters strike, one of the first things to

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MiiR Bottles Helps To Provide Clean Drinking Water To Those in Need

MiiR Bottles Helps To Provide Clean Drinking Water To Those in Need

Clean water is a humanitarian issue that doesn't just require design in the form of wells and water systems – but design thinking. The 1 billion people who don't have access to safe water need the kind

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Arizona State Students Develop Low-Cost Biosensor to Detect Contaminated Drinking Water

Arizona State Students Develop Low-Cost Biosensor to Detect Contaminated Drinking Water

In the developing world, disease caused by poor sanitation is the second largest cause of death in children under five years old, and according to the World Health Organization, 1.5 million lives are

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European Team Develop Solar-Powered, Low-Cost Desalination System

European Team Develop Solar-Powered, Low-Cost Desalination System

Many countries in the Middle East have been researching desalination -- the process of removing salt from sea water so it is fit to drink. It makes sense especially in hot, dry countries where drinking

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Eole Water’s Wind Turbine Generates Fresh, Clean Drinking Water from Condensation

Eole Water’s Wind Turbine Generates Fresh, Clean Drinking Water from Condensation

Wind Turbine Image from Shutterstock In remote areas without access to fresh drinking water, there is often the dual concern of a lack of electricity — which is what makes French company Eole

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999Bottles Reusable Water Bottle Keeps Track of the Disposable Bottles You Don’t Buy

999Bottles Reusable Water Bottle Keeps Track of the Disposable Bottles You Don’t Buy

999 Bottles is not just another water bottle - it's a beautifully designed system that helps you track and visualize the positive impact you can have on the environment by drinking from reusable bottles

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OASIS and Philips Team Up to Launch Instant UV Water Disinfection System

OASIS and Philips Team Up to Launch Instant UV Water Disinfection System

Wouldn't it be nice if clean, filtered water was available everywhere? OASIS International and Philips Lighting are partnering together to make this dream a reality, one water cooler at a time. Philips'

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‘Water Footprint of Humanity’ Study Shows Average Person Uses 1,056 Gallons of Water Each Day

‘Water Footprint of Humanity’ Study Shows Average Person Uses 1,056 Gallons of Water Each Day

Hold on to your office chairs, research-loving infographic fans - we've got a doozy for you here. Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have compiled a report on the "water footprint

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Eliodomestico: Solar Terracotta Water Filter Distills 5 Liters of Water a Day

Eliodomestico: Solar Terracotta Water Filter Distills 5 Liters of Water a Day

Diamanti's solar powered water filter is designed to provide drinking water for families in developing countries. Eliodomestico is a solar still that operates a bit like an upside-down coffee maker. At

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Sarvajal’s Solar Powered Water ATM Franchises Provide Clean Water in India

Sarvajal’s Solar Powered Water ATM Franchises Provide Clean Water in India

Sarvajal, which is run by Piramal Water Private, was started back in 2008 and is a limited for-profit social enterprise with the mission of providing affordable, accessible and pure water for all. The

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Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water

Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water

Texas is in the midst of a drought so severe that local water management teams have decided to distribute reclaimed wastewater (aka urine). From toilet to tap, the treated wastewater will be mixed with

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Purdue University Students Turn Ordinary Saltwater into Hydrogen Power and Drinking Water

Purdue University Students Turn Ordinary Saltwater into Hydrogen Power and Drinking Water

Researchers from Purdue University are on the cusp on creating a new type of mobile technology that not only coverts non-potable water into drinking water, but also extracts hydrogen to generate

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Hamster Ball-Shaped Solarball Uses the Sun to Purify Water

Hamster Ball-Shaped Solarball Uses the Sun to Purify Water

While you might mistake designer Jonathan Liow's Solarball for a familiar hamster's toy, it's actually a really cool new product for  humans that purifies water using the sun. The Monash University

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New Nanotech Purifier Filters Water 80,000 Times Faster

New Nanotech Purifier Filters Water 80,000 Times Faster

A new water filter that employs cotton dipped in nano-sized silver wires and copper tubes works 80,000 times faster than filters that simply block bacteria from getting through. The filter, developed by

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The SeaKettle is a Raft + Water Purifier That Could Save Your Life

The SeaKettle is a Raft + Water Purifier That Could Save Your Life

We all know that sharks are scary, but if you're stranded at sea, dying of dehydration is an even more likely threat. Enter the SeaKettle, an ingenious design selected as a finalist in the Dyson Awards,

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