Clean Water Filter

Posted on September 11, 2006  Comments (3)

Clean water project hit by funding drought

Charities estimate that more than a billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. In some parts of Africa, water-borne diseases such as cholera, dysentery and viral diarrhoea claim the lives of one in four children.

The Newcastle project began after a group of postgraduate civil engineering students visited Ghana, Kenya and Malaysia and recognised the huge benefits that sustainable water filtration could have on health. One of the students, Matt Simpson, decided to devote his doctoral research project to this topic.

At these temperatures the crop residue decomposes, releasing carbon dioxide gas which forms microscopic pores in the ceramic material exactly the right size to trap bacteria and viruses but allow water to pass through.

They are looking for funding to expand the adoption of this effort.

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3 Responses to “Clean Water Filter”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Lifestraw
    November 19th, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

    Lifestraw is a filter solution that allows water to be purified for about 6 months (before needing to be replaced) at a cost of just $3.50…

  2. Scientists and Engineers Without Borders
    January 30th, 2007 @ 9:11 am

    “Scientists may not provide emergency relief in times of disaster, but the discipline has a major role to play in meeting the chronic needs of our planet”…

  3. Roselyn
    August 29th, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

    This information about water shortage on another parts of Mother Earth is very much saddening. Fortunately, there are many people who are concerned for other’s well-being. I commend the Newcastle project and all the people behind it. One way to ensure clean water supplies is the use of water filters. Thank you the enlightening blog, Mr. John Hunter! I got a friendly reminder to save water:)

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