World Water Week 2017 – Reduce and Reuse

About 70% of the earth is covered in water but still 2.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe water sources. This leads to profound problems for agriculture, health and hygiene. By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. To face these challenges, we have to increase awareness of this essential topic. The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) therefore originated the World Water Week. Since 1991, scientists and experts from all over the world have been meeting in Sweden once a year to exchange ideas and foster new thinking around the most pressing water-related challenges. World Water Week provides a unique environment for experiences and practices out of the scientific, business, policy and civic sectors, and creates space for new thoughts and positive, collaborative actions.

Under the motto “water and waste – reduce and reuse” the World Water Week 2017 takes place this week and gives us perfect cause to highlight our water-related epN solutions.

Many start-ups and entrepreneurs of the empowering people. Network use their solutions to find ways to counteract future challenges. For example aQysta developed a hydro-powered irrigation pump called Barsha Pump. The waterwheel needs no fuel or electricity and saves more than 70% of watering costs for farmers across the world. The Brazilian solution GRIS water saving system is a simple tool to capture and recycle all the water used while taking a shower. Water-containers collect the water that can be reused for toilet-flushing, cleaning or watering the garden. GRIS can collect up to 95% of the shower water.

empowering people. Network solutions: Barsha Pump & GRIS

Two further examples focus on drinking water challenges: The Jompy Water Boiler makes clean drinking water accessible for communities in polluted areas and helps fight water-borne diseases. Gravity pushes the water through the Boiler, which then delivers water that is nearly boiling within seconds, at a rate of one litre per minute. The SunSaluter, on the other hand, is a water filtration system that provides clean drinking water and simultaneously collects sun energy for under 40 USD. Even families can affort it for home use.

empowering people. Network solutions: Jompy Water Boiler & SunSaluter

These are just four out of 90 great technologies dealing with water-related problems. If you want to explore more of these projects, visit the empowering people. Network solutions database.

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