Designer: Timothy Whitehead
Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Category: Design for Social Impact
Award: Student Notable
Pure Water Bottle
A water bottle designed for Adventure Tourists, Aid workers and NGO's which filters and sterilises water from almost any source within two minutes. The product uses a wind up mechanism and is not reliant to external batteries or power.
While travelling though Zambia, Africa I realised the reliance people have on chlorine and iodine tablets; these take about 30 minutes to create safe drinking water and leave an unpleasant taste. The aim was to create a product which was compact and light enough for travelling tourists to carry around, while providing; safe, clean and sterile drinking water quickly.
I found that people wanted a simple, easy to use product which worked quickly and effectively. I discovered that by using a big filter you reduced the volume of water to can carry. Consequently, I opted for a compact filter with a ultra-violet light bulb to sterilise the water. UV has the added advantage of no distortion to taste. Another challenge to overcome was the power required to power the bulb. I decided not to rely on batteries, but instead I used a wind-up generator, giving limitless supplies of power on-demand.
What's the latest news or development with your project?
The project continues to move forward, funding is an inevitable issue and slows progress at times. However, I really believe in the potential for Pure, both for the developed world travelling market and the developing world. I am hoping to go to India in the next month to trial/investigate the potential for the product in this vibrant and up and coming market. All I can say is 'watch this space', I am determined to get Pure to market.
What was the best part of working on your Pure Water Bottle?
The best bit of the project was walking into the test lab after filtering and sterilising sewage water. I looked at the results and was so pleased to see no trace of e.coli or other harmful bacteria. It proved that the product would work once constructed.
I also love telling people about the idea, everyone I have told as understood the product straight away and loved the concept. I just hope that I can now make it a reality.
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