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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Loving the Loo – Part One of the Grand Challenges Canada Series

iDE, a Winnipeg based non-profit organization that supports business opportunities in the developing world, will work with Nepali small business owners and local entrepreneurs to scale-up the production, marketing and sale of simple latrines using a novel approach successfully demonstrated in Cambodia and Nepal: marketing simple, low-cost toilets as a status symbol and sanitation as an affordable source of pride.

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X-runner: Filling the Gap in Sanitary Services

On the periphery of Lima, Peru, exists slum or shanty communities with hundreds of thousands of residents who moved to the capital in search of a better life. Due to the irregular and sometimes illegal nature of these communities, they are often not serviced by many municipal services, such as plumbing. This condition creates a dangerous breeding ground for communicable …

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Young Entrepreneur Develops Waterless Bath Product

Globally, over 2.5 billion people lack consistent access to clean water. Of those with intermittent access, their supplies are routinely interrupted by drought, weak economies, broken piping, and conflict, among other issues. When water is such a precious resource, how to make use of it can be a life or death decision. Most prioritize nutrition – either for direct consumption …

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Reinventing the Wheel: India’s New Water Collection Device

  In the state of Rajasthan in northwestern India, women spend an average of six hours per day collecting water. This statistic is mirrored in countries throughout the Global South where women and girls disproportionately bear the time and physical constraints of water collection. In response, U.S. social venture Wello has developed a device known as the WaterWheel. The WaterWheel …

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