The world we know and love is facing a very serious problem: water shortages in many parts of the globe. According to the World Health Organization, over 2.5 billion people lack access to safe, clean drinking water in their communities that can be collected in a round trip of 30 minutes or less. Even worse, water shortages in underdeveloped regions of the world are only expected to rise with time. For this reason, innovative thinking is required to develop serious solutions that will benefit those in need of clean drinking water. New technologies invented to help solve the water crisis are essential.
Today, Optimum will be discussing a few of the new technologies to help solve the water crisis that have already made a significant impact on the issue of a lack of access to clean drinking water. The water crisis is preventable through developing greater access to clean drinking water, which is just what these new technologies aim to do!
Lifestraw aims to make access to clean drinking water quick and convenient. This small and inexpensive microfiltration device removes a whopping 99.9% of waterborne bacteria. Further, weighing just 2 ounces, this device is highly portable. The LifeStraw can filter 264 gallons to 0.2 microns and, with every straw purchased, the company that invented this important technology also provides safe drinking water to one child for an entire school year. The technology provided through LifeStraw has the potential to offer countless water-stressed communities a more convenient way to consume clean, fresh drinking water.
One of the biggest factors that makes the current water crisis such a big issue is the fact that contaminated drinking water is a huge problem throughout the world. This particular technology, the SE200, was designed to allow people to easily purify their water using just a 12-volt battery and salt. Using a process known as electrolysis, the mixture of water, salt, and electricity works to produce chlorine that effectively kills bacteria in the water. The company that invented the SE200 even famously says that operation of the technology is so simple even a school-age child can do it!
The Desolenator is a technology that is working to help solve the water crisis through a process known as solar desalination. Solar desalination offers a promising way to generate freshwater from the vast amount of seawater that is available on our planet. The Desolenator is a solar desalination tool that is said to remove a total of 99.9% of contaminants from water, producing roughly 15 liters of freshwater per day, at a cost of about $774 for the device. Further, the company that designed the Desolenator states that it has an estimated lifespan of 20 years, making it a technology that water-stressed communities can rely on for years to come.
Warka Water is a technology that is biodegradable and can be set up in water-stressed communities in less than a week without the use of mechanical tools. Warka Water is a 30-foot tower that collects up to 26 gallons of drinking water per day by collecting droplets of dew. Using an equipped nylon or polypropylene net which catches these dew droplets as they roll down into a collection container, water is then dispensed at the bottom of the tower. Warka Water costs roughly $1,000 per tower and can make a huge difference in the fight to solve the water crisis.
Developed by Swedish company Orbital Systems, the OrbSys Shower is a technology that actually collects shower water, purifies it, and then pumps it back up through the showerhead itself. This particular technology is especially important for areas where freshwater is scarce, as it is reported to save an estimated 90% of water usage when showering. A regular shower uses around 150 liters in just 10 minutes of showering, and the OrbSys Shower uses a fraction of that: just 5 liters. Orbital Systems reports that this could save a single family up to $1,000 per year on their water bill.
Convenient Access to Safe Drinking Water with Optimum
Now that you know a few of the important technologies to help solve the water crisis and that we expect to make a positive impact, it’s time to talk about another technology that makes access to clean, safe drinking water more convenient than ever: Optimum bottleless water systems.
Our Optimum water systems are eco-friendly, easy to maintain, and cost-effective. Each of our water cooler systems are designed with a positive impact on the environment in mind, much like the rest of the technologies found on this list. If you’d like to see just how much money you can save by using one of our water systems, try one FREE for seven days! Check out our selection today to choose the best system for your home or office, making access to clean drinking water convenient and easy!