Treating wastewater wastes energy, but it doesn’t have to ?

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by

Wastewater treatment plants are energy hogs. A 2013 study by the Electric Power Research Institute and Water Research Foundation reported that they consumed about 30 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, or about 0.8 percent of the total electricity used in the United States. Wastewater treatment’s high energy footprint is ironic because the organic […]

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Desalination Breakthrough Turns Seawater Into Drinking Water

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by

  Turning seawater into drinking water just became more feasible. Scientists at the University of Manchester in the UK have developed graphene oxide membranes with holes small enough to filter out salt. The sieves represent a technological breakthrough in the effort to make desalination more efficient and affordable. Graphene oxide membranes have been […]

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Engineer creates a device capable of producing drinking water in the desert

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by

Spanish inventor, Enrique Veiga, has created a machine that condenses water from the atmosphere into drinkable, filtered water. The machine runs on the same amount of electricity a domestic washing machine would use and condenses the water to 30 degrees Celcius at a relative humidity of 17%.  The water is filtered and stored for use […]

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Transformable water bottle supports clean drinking water projects

Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by

Replacing single-use drink containers with a reusable bottle not only cuts down on trash and problems like plastic pollution in the ocean, but it also reduces the amount of new resources and energy needed for the manufacturing process. The water bottle company Dopper it taking that concept a step further, with their Cradle to […]

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How to make a difference with used shoes

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015 by

Waterstep train people in developing countries how to use safe water solutions like water purification, health education, and well repair, empowering communities to take care of their own water needs for years. They believe that the best solutions to water problems are rooted in simple tools and effective training. “Water is the first step to achieving […]

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Unique Charger That Runs On Water

Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by

In an ever more power-hungry world, two billion smartphones, tablets and similar devices are sold every year. More and more of them have powerful 64 bit multi core processors, consuming so much energy that they seldom make it through the day without being recharged several times. The difference […]

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DIY solar water pump takes aim at global water crisis

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by

With some 800 million people around the world suffering from the lack of safe drinking water every day, and an estimated 6 to 8 million people dying from water and sanitation related diseases, many of them young children, it’s high time for a sustainable water pumping solution, […]

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The Drinkable Book

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by

Created by the non-profit WATERisLIFE, The Drinkable Book is a pamphlet designed to teach safe water drinking habits to residents of developing nations. The book is printed on filter paper capable of reducing the bacteria in contaminated water by 99.9-percent, a rate comparable to tap water in […]

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A Water Bottle You Can Actually Eat

Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by

The edible “Ooho” water bottle, is simple on the surface but goes after one of the world’s most troubling environmental threats: plastic pollution Instead of creating a bottle and then filling it with water, Rodrigo Garcia González, along with fellow Imperial College London students Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche, used a process that allows the bottle to take shape as […]

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A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014 by

Around the world, 768 million people don’t have access to safe water, and every day 1,400 children under the age of five die from water-based diseases. Designer Arturo Vittori believes the solution to this catastrophe lies not in high technology, but in sculptures that look like giant-sized […]

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