Thursday, March 23, 2017

Clean Water for Everyone by WorldWater & Solar Technologies Inc.

               A New Jersey based company has come up with what they believe to be the solution to end the water crisis throughout the whole world. The problem throughout most of the third world countries and even in America (Flint water crisis) has been people dying from drinking dirty water. In first world countries we have the capability of drinking bottled water if our tap water has a dangerous level of a chemical in them, but that’s clearly not the case in a lot of places like Ethiopia, Chad, Cambodia, Haiti, etc. This is still a high cause of death because obviously if you don’t drink water, you die, but this is their only option to have drinking water. WorldWater & Solar Technologies Inc. came up with an idea to try and save the hundreds of children that die every year from drinking bad water.
                WorldWater & Solar Technologies Inc. is actually a tiny little company based in Princeton, New Jersey who believes that they can solve this problem. The interesting way they believe they can do it is this: Sun Rays. It doesn’t matter if the water is 1,000 feet underground or sitting in a soiled pond, their solar-powered water-purifying pumps are designed to suck this dirty water up, put it through a filter, and actually zap it with ultraviolet rays. This type of technology was developed and patented by Princeton engineers and they sell the pumps for as little as $12,000 in what they call a “suitcase”. And then the largest model, which can astonishingly pump and purify 30,000 gallons of water per day for $120,000.
                So far these pumps have actually been deployed to Haiti during the 2010 earthquake and even the US military has utilized them overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have also been deployed to Darfur and the Philippines. Obviously, I am all for these pumps. Being able to get water to all the different parts of the world that need it would be huge. Recently, the United Nations called all governments to spend whatever money is necessary so that by 2030 all people can have access to clean water (let’s see how Trump will react to spending money on something like water). However, these prices are pretty steep for places that can’t even get access to clean water. So there would need to be some sort of way, maybe start a go fund me to try and help fund different pumps for different places.
                WorldWater actually showed their new pump design yesterday (World Water Day) and are hoping that this will upstart the rise to clean water everywhere. However, the World Bank estimates that it’ll cost $114 billion a year to reach their goal of clean water everywhere by 2030. I honestly don’t know if it’s possible to spend that much, but it’s important that we get this technology out to the world, through Government spending or our own fundraising, so everyone can have the right to drink clean water.

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Sam Norton said...

After reading your blog, it is important to educate everyone that World Water Day is held annually on 22 March. It is a way of focusing the attention of everyone in the world on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2017, the theme is “Wastewater.”
We are all wasters when it comes to wastewater. Every time we use water, we produce wastewater. And instead of reusing it, we let 80% of it just flow down the drain. We all need to reduce and reuse wastewater as much as we can. Three ideas for all us wasters are:
1. Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth or doing dishes or scrubbing vegetables. Otherwise you’re just making wastewater without even using it.
2. Put rubbish, oils, chemicals, and food in the bin, not down the drain. The dirtier your wastewater, the more energy and money it costs to treat it.
3. Collect used water from your kitchen sink or bathtub and use it on plants and gardens, or to wash your car.
If we can reduce the quantity and pollution of our wastewater, and by safely reusing it as much as we can, we’re all helping to protect our most precious resource, water.
Over 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting typhoid, polio or cholera. World Water Day is targeting that everyone has access to safe water by 2030. WorldWater & Solar Technolgies, Inc. celebrated World Water Day by introducing their newest solar-powered unit, the Mobile MaxClear™ that converts water from anywhere into clean, purified drinking water. These units are being tried by the US Military, private organizations and governments in over twenty countries, including Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines. World Water Day is a great way to make people aware of how much water we use every day, and how fortunate we are to have it. Having clean and safe water positively affects our lives, our economies and our society. One in every nine people around the world have limited access to safe and clean water, which affects their lives negatively, increasing health risks and limiting economic opportunities.

matt cannon said...

Reading your blog made me think of something that I always think about and that is disparity. But this article made me realize just how bad it is, but also how hopeful it can be and how I could get involved. As a resident of Princeton, New Jersey I see how I could connect this back to Loyola and the Baltimore community. Serving at multiple schools in the Baltimore area has allowed me to see that even schools around us don’t have access to clean drinking water unless it is purchased by the gallons from companies like Poland Spring and Deer Park. Your article made me contact this company in hopes of working with them to bring this technology to my second home, Baltimore. I support the idea and the ideology behind it but the one thing that worries me is the price. You mention how the price is little, but that price can be costly to schools and areas that are impoverished which is where most of the water issues are occurring. It made me think about how certain technologies should not be priced so high, although I understand the point of businesses is too make money. I don’t think that companies should be looking to make much of a profit when it comes to basic human needs. It also got me thinking about how the government can capsize on this opportunity. With the millions of dollars that aren’t be given to these issues all over the nation it will be interesting to see what the company decides to do about that. I think that they should look to sell it the government forcing the government to take action on problems they have been turning a blind eye on for the past few years. Seeing that these pumps have had success all over the world gives me hope that one day it will be achievable for everyone on this planet. I hope that the company realizes the impact they can have and looks to lower the price of this one of a kind and life-saving tool.