Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 4
Charlie Rose's program from Thursday featured water technology. His is on PBS first, then on Bloomberg several times in the evening. You will also find his program on his website.

At the moment, is featured.

Dean Kamen inventor of the Segway and of First Robotics has developed a water purification unit. It looks like an ultrafiltration unit, but he did not say. He packs it into a neat case painted in Coca-Cola colors and then in a standard shipping container. The container is intended to be maintained by a local operator, and is equipped with solar panels for power, a TV set, a place to recharge cell phones, and I saw a back up generator and fuel tank. The unit is designed to produce 100 liters of pure water (from any available source) per day.

He is teaming with Coca-Cola to distribute the units throughout the third world. They are intended to provide clean drinking water as well as power for cell phones and TV for access to outside news. They are beginning with a small pilot program, but will follow-up with additional units once the system is proven.

Matt Damon has a program to facilitate clean water especially by microlending. Water pipes often run through poor neighborhoods, but residents must go to a community tap and stand in line to get water each day when it becomes available. Loaning them money to put a water tap in their home saves them much time, which they can use productively. Hence, the loan is easily repaid.

Both ideas note that thousand die every year due to lack of clean drinking water. Often they must walk miles for water and the water is too often contaminated.

An interesting program. Water shortages are a real problem in many third world countries.
Print the post  


What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.