Monday, December 20, 2010

South African researchers create cost effective water purifiers

Polluted water is a reality for many 
South Africans
Eugene Cloete of Stellenbosch University has recently invented an inexpensive water filtration system aimed at enabling impoverished communities to satisfy one of our most basic needs - clean water.

The Device
The device itself is a small sachet containing a mixture of specially developed water purification agents.
The sachets are simply placed in the neck of a bottle filled with contaminated water, and act as a filter.
Up to one litre of contaminated water can be purified by a single sachet.

Hard facts
Considering the fact that only 2.5% of the planet's water is viable for human consumption, this breakthrough could prove globally significant as the United Nations has recently made a push for the right to water to be made legally binding.

Closer to home
The decentralized water filtration solution pioneered at Stellenbosch University is sure to bring relief to an estimated 1.5 billion people in Africa who do not have access to clean and safe water and more importantly save the lives of approximately 2 million people who die annually from diseases related to unclean water.

See a demonstration of the technology from the video below:

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