Seeing the light: DIY spectrometry for safe water in disaster zones

Finding safe water for drinking or cooking can be a challenge in disaster zones. Even water which looks clear can in fact be contaminated with chemicals or pollutants. Since 2010 the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science has been developing DIY spectrometry kits to help citizens find out just what is in their water.

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Drier, Cleaner, Safer – New Hydrophobic Materials Could Save Lives

Water-borne diseases kill millions of people every year. The flow-on effects of poor sanitation and lack of access to safe drinking water can impact almost every aspect of life, from preventing children from attending school to exposing women to sexual violence when they go to collect water from distant sources. New super hydrophobic surfaces are promising to change the game in sanitation and hygiene.

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Making “Low-Tech” Biochar Adsorbent For Decentralized Water Treatment

Readers of this blog probably don’t have to be told that the proliferation of synthetic chemicals over the past century has hugely impacted drinking water sources around the world. But you might be shocked to learn that these toxic contaminants are completely ignored by international, governmental and non-governmental agencies concerned with expanding the provision of safe drinking water in developing communities.

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Clean, Safe Water for All

Across Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, a small blue plastic box is helping millions to have longer, healthier and more productive lives. The simple yet ingenious innovation is a water purifying chlorine dispenser that is installed next to communal water sources. Dispensers for Safe Water is providing access to clean and safe water to over 2.6 million people, with dispensers at 10,000 water points.

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Pitch in for Clean Water in Kenya

One in nine people globally lack access to an improved water source and, of those, nearly half are concentrated in Africa. U.S social enterprise, PITCHAfrica, has found an innovative way to address this issue, improve education and bring the community together with the creation of a water-harvesting soccer stadium in Kenya.

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