One of the basic necessities for human life is water. But sadly, there are people the world over that don’t have immediate or even easy access to the type of clean water they need in order to stay hydrated or maintain a safe level of hygiene.
To address these issues, many people and companies are looking to technology in order to find ways to make clean drinking water something that people don’t have to live without. To show you just how many strides have been made in this area, here are three ways technology has made clean drinking water more accessible to people the world over.
A Water Filtration Book
In some areas of the world, people are so used to not have enough clean drinking water that they don’t really understand the importance of it. In places like this, knowledge and education must take place alongside assistance to getting clean drinking water.
To address both of these issues, Rosie Spinks, a contributor to The Guardian, shares that a non-profit and a university have created a book that gives basic information about the importance of having access to clean water for all areas of your life. In addition to giving out this valuable information, the pages of the book can also be used to filter water, cleaning it of 99.9 percent of bacteria.
Desalination Of Ocean Water
Another way we can gain access to more clean, fresh water is through a process called desalination. As part of this process, ocean water or other salt water is removed of its salt and other minerals that make it unsafe to drink.
According to Lyndsey Gilpin, a contributor to TechRepublic.com, the process of desalination usually takes place in arid areas that have access to salt water but not many fresh water reserves. And while this process has been very expensive in the past, advances in technology are making it more and more affordable for more and more communities around the world.
Using Tech To Find Water
Not only can technology be used to make water fresh and clean so it can be consumed, but it can also make it easier for people in drier areas to find where their water sources are.
Maciej Kranz, a contributor to Forbes.com, shares that UNICEF and Oxford University has created handpumps for extracting water from the ground. These smart pumps allow users to use sensors and transmitters to see where groundwater levels are and then find the best place to try pumping for fresh water.
While technology has made parts of modern life easier, it’s also serving those who’ve had a hard time simply surviving in the past. Thanks to these advances, gaining access to fresh water has now become easier than ever.