Impact Journalism Day - Solutions to global issues - 2017
Against contaminated water, a French-made fountain
The Safe Water Cube, created by French engineer Jean-Paul Augereau, is a water purification system. Some twenty of these boxes have already been installed in Morocco, India and Haiti.
The 1.2 meter cubed stainless steel container has five different filters including sand and carbon. According to its creator, it makes all surface water, even muddy, drinkable. It also destroys "all the viruses and bacteria responsible for diarrhea, dysentery, cholera and hepatitis, without destroying the minerals in the water" purifying up to 1000 liters per hour without electrical energy.
The fountain costs 5500 euros. It is financed by NGOs, companies foundations or private donations.
According to the UN, 10% of the world's population lacks access to safe drinking water, many having to travel miles to find a safe water source. Every day, around 3,000 children die from diarrheal diseases linked to contaminated water.