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Ceramic Water Filters This simple yet ingenious design for providing Cambodia with ceramic water filters won the 2008 Project Innovation Award Grand Prize. The design consists of a porous ceramic and fired clay pot that sits inside a barrel, collecting
 

Ceramic Water Filters


This simple yet ingenious design for providing Cambodia with ceramic water filters won the 2008 Project Innovation Award Grand Prize. The design consists of a porous ceramic and fired clay pot that sits inside a barrel, collecting water and then relying on gravity filtration to remove microbes and other contaminants. Since 2002, when these filters were first distributed, the regions with the filters are reporting a 50% drop in diarrheal illnesses.
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Water has been prevailing theme this last year, 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.

Architectural projects like this community toilet facility for India would go a long way to improving local water quality, sanitation and reducing disease. NGOs and governments should help invest in water filtration devices to disperse among families in third world countries. And we also need to crack down on business and factories polluting our rivers, lakes and oceans.

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4 Comments

  1. Aga Khan Award for Arch... November 30, 2010 at 1:02 am

    [...] and tourist attraction thus recreational facilities were combined with habitat enhancement and water quality infrastructure. Natural stone weirs were installed to create a habitat for micro-organisms as well [...]

  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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