A water purification system that’s both cost-efficient and energy-efficient is being used in a Chilean camp – and could one day provide safe drinking water for millions of people in the developing world.
Created by Chilean scientists, the system cleans contaminated water by blasting it with ionized particles, thus making it safe to drink.
Purifying up to 35 liters of water in five minutes and using only the amount of energy that a light bulb requires, the system’s greatest virtue remains its low cost, says Julian Ugarte, Director of the Center of Innovation De Techo Para Chile:
“The technology could have a tremendous impact on 63% of the world that makes less than $1,500 dollars a year that nobody considers – which is also the largest market in the world. And this opens the possibility for everyone who can generate a successful enterprise and solve problems facing the poorest populations.”