With 3.575 million people dying each year from water-related disease, our current water crisis is one of epic proportions. At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by those suffering from illness brought on by limited access to safe drinking water, poor hygiene and sanitation. Granted these harrowing realities plaguing our society, it’s imperative that designers, inventors, engineers and visionaries do what they can to find a solution. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of innovation on tap – read on for six water purifying designs for the developing world!
Fresh water supplies are under assault on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment are the effects of the ongoing droughts in California and Brazil – both are incredibly important areas to the global food supply.
At the same time, corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. At the heart of this initiative to make water a commodity is Nestle, whose former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. It becomes a dangerous possibility that companies such as Nestle would hoard supplies in order to artificially increase demand. Stephen Lendman succinctly states this when he calls Nestle a global water predator:
A January 2009 Food and Water Watch report was titled All Bottled Up: Nestle's Pursuit of Community Water, saying: “Nestle takes water from US communities” on the cheap. It “bottles and sells …
Primary Standards are based on health considerations and are enforced by the EPA in public water systems. They protect you from three classes of toxic pollutants: microbial pathogens, radioactive elements and organic/inorganic chemicals. Many of these contaminants occur naturally in trace amounts in ground or surface water. Primary Standards set a limit, called the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), which is the highest allowable concentration of a contaminant in drinking water supplied by public water systems. The MCL is an enforceable health goal based on calculated risk due to exposure for a period of time.
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