Around the world, 768 million people don’t have access to safe water, and every day 1,400 children under the age of five die from water-based diseases. Designer Arturo Vittori believes the solution to this catastrophe lies not in high technology, but in sculptures that look like giant-sized objects from the pages of a Pier 1 catalog.
His stunning water towers stand nearly 30 feet tall and can collect over 25 gallons of potable water per day by harvesting atmospheric water vapor. Called WarkaWater towers, each pillar is comprised of two sections: a semi-rigid exoskeleton built by tying stalks of juncus or bamboo together and an internal plastic mesh, reminiscent of the bags oranges come in. The nylon and polypropylene fibers act as a scaffold for condensation, and as the droplets of dew form, they follow the mesh into a basin at the base of the structure.
“WarkaWater is designed to provide clean water as well as ensure long-term environmental, financial and social sustainability,” says designer Arturo Vittori. Photo: Gabriele Rigon
Vittori decided to devote his attention to this problem after visiting northeastern Ethiopia and seeing the plight of remote villagers first hand. “There, people live in a beautiful natural environment but often without running water, electricity, a toilet or a shower,” he says. To survive, women and their children walk for miles to worm-filled ponds contaminated with human waste, collect water in trashed plastic containers or dried gourds, and carry the heavy containers on treacherous roads back to their homes. This process takes hours and endangers the children by exposing them to dangerous illnesses and taking them away from school, ensuring that a cycle of poverty repeats.
I found this fascinating and simple. DRAM. From where else but those who gave us Scotch.
An interesting article in Scientific American on how the water towers on top of so many NYC building came into being.
(Hint: It’s all the liberal’s fault. ///)
Exhibit 26,847,217 give or take a half million of why I’m in favor of a regulatory agency like the Environmental Protection Agency.
Unlike “mainstream” Republicans running for president, I believe in clean water, not water contaminated with benzene from the old refinery down the road.
A month after announcing his first investment in an Israeli startup, Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing yesterday chose to put big money into Israeli navigation technology startup Waze. Ka-shing, greater China’s richest man, is investing in the Israeli companies through his investments arm Horizons Ventures.
This is why all of this ‘Israel is becoming more isolated’ talk is mostly BS. The
city country has so many ongoing projects that most everyone in the world actually needs.
Even in the Middle East, everyone needs clean water and food. While living in a desert.
I think the revealing word here is “cut”. As in “cut federal regulations”. Like clean air and water? Yep. Just let the corporations police themselves. Then we’ll cut that “job crushing” Obama care law that keeps insurance companies from crushing families. We must cut spending to grow jobs