I am frequently astounded and amazed when I watch TED presentation, but never so much as by this one. With the expenditure of 2/3′s of what the UK spends in a year on foreign aid, all of the third world could have immediate access to clean drinking water. One year.
No more walking for 4 hours to get water. So not only does this invention resolve the myriad problems of bad drinking water, the associated health risks and expenses associated with *that* – it gives back 4 hours a day to hundreds of millions of people.
I am going to find out when/where I can get one of these myself. I am then going to buy 4. One for me, one for my sweetie, one to keep in the car at all times, and one to a foreign aid agency. If they’re inexpensive, I’ll buy one a month or more.
In addition to what I can do on my own, I also fully intend on pressuring Canadian agencies and aid organizations operating out of Canada, to provide these. The difference clean drinking water can make in the quality of life can’t be overstated.