How Can We Ensure Clean Water for All? [Slide Show]

An exhibition of inventions, artwork and artifacts explores our relationship with water and how the world might cope with future scarcity of this invaluable resource
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This installation is a mobile mechanical grid structure that mimics the wave movement now being experienced by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy station 51003 in the Pacific Ocean, which a year ago broke free of its moorings some 300 kilometers southwest of Honolulu.....[ More ]


The Efteq Intelligent Water Meter is an example of a "water management device," or prepaid meter, that can be programmed to release set amounts of water to control daily consumption. Prepaid meters, which have been used in South Africa since the 1990s, are illegal in the U.K., where officials judged them to be a public health risk.....[ More ]

WATERWISE: WASHING FUTURES, by Ruth Doyle, Anna Davies and Chris Judge.

How might our personal washing habits evolve in the future to meet the challenges of sustainability? Nearly 40 percent of the water we use every day goes toward washing, including bathing and cleaning our teeth.....[ More ]

BASIN, by Lane Hall, Lisa Moline.

Basin is a mural-size blackboard with a chalked flowchart that records the complex politics that confront water resources in the 21st century. Key water issues are diagrammatically mapped with the intention to display the deep interconnections between the local, regional and global scales in a form that is both authoritative and realistically ephemeral: erased, rewritten, reconfigured.....[ More ]

BOTTLED WASTE, by Hal Watts.

How much energy goes into creating a one-liter bottle of water? On average, its embodied energy is around five megajoules, an amount that is more than 1,000 times the hidden energy in a liter of tap water.....[ More ]

AQUA-NU FILTER WATER BOTTLE, by Aqua-Nu Filtration Systems.

This exhibit marks the introduction of the Aqua-Nu reusable ceramic filter water bottle for personal use. The new device can supply cost-effective, safe and pure drinking water in a wide range of consumer, humanitarian and industrial applications.....[ More ]

HIDDEN, by Matthew Costello.

The average U.S. family of four uses about 1,500 liters of water every day for drinking, washing, sanitation or watering plants. Yet the amount of virtual, or “hidden,” water used to produce the goods and food that the family consumes averages some 15,000 liters a day.....[ More ]


People use large quantities of water for drinking, cooking and washing—but even though they probably do not think about it, they use considerably more water in the production of the things they use every day, such as paper, clothing and other manufactured goods.....[ More ]

URBAN WATER NEEDS: CAN WE KEEP UP?, by Matthew Laws, Hal Watts.

This world map features landmasses made out of cheap kitchen sponges. Laws and Watts poured water onto each nation's compressed sponge form in amounts that are proportional to its expected urban water consumption in 2030.....[ More ]

BIT.FALL, by Julius Popp.

In a split second, "Bit.Fall" releases hundreds of drops at specific intervals, creating a "waterfall" of words. A giant printer linked to a remote Internet server, the device uses water rather than ink to discharge a steady stream of words.....[ More ]


Water-related diseases cause most premature deaths in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions of the world. This continuous-flow solar-disinfection and arsenic-removal system is designed to produce clean water supplies for remote villages.....[ More ]

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