Posts Tagged ‘water

Group Name: GWAM

Our product is for the College and University systems of Georgia who are unconscious of how much clean water is being wasted daily, that have students who constantly use water on a daily basis.  Our solution is a filtration/plumbing system incorporated into the bathrooms of dorms and sprinkling systems, that involves filtering off various products used in conjunction with water, as well as run off, and reusing that water.  Unlike the plumbing and drainage systems that are in place that send a vast amount of water to the sewers, our system collects water that has been used, filters it, and redistributes that water back to the bathrooms of dorms, and sprinkling systems.

Information:

All the water that we use in our homes comes from either a ground source, such as an aquifer or well, or a surface water source, such as a water processing plant which refines and recycles water.  After we are done using the water in our homes it generally goes into a septic tank, seeps into the ground to evaporate, or travels to a sewage-treatment facility.   On average, experts estimate that a person uses 80-100 gallons of water per day, which comes from not only the use of the toilet, but from the shower, and sinks as well.  Our field research consisted of interviews, and the results are as follows.

Questions:

  • How much water do you think you use daily?
  • In what ways do you think you could reduce this number?
  • Do you think watching water consumption is a concern for the future?

Jake Conroy

  • I think I use around 40 gallons, only because of showering.
  • I could take quicker showers and use the faucet less.
  • Yes, because if we can reduce our use of water daily, it will overall reduce the costs for the future to process and clean water for us to use.

John Schaberg

  • I probably use around 60 gallons of water daily.
  • My showers could definitely be shorter.  I am tending to stay in longer in the warm water since it is getting cooler outside.
  • There is no concern for the immediate future.  As long as our usage does not increase in a dramatic amount, I don’t feel like it will be a big concern or issue to worry about.

Resources:

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/qahome.html

http://www.data360.org/dsg.aspx?Data_Set_Group_Id=757

http://www.csgnetwork.com/waterusagecalc.html

Life Straw

10, نوفمبر 2010

Do you see how dirty that water is? Would you drink it if I dared you? With Life straw you can! (Or at least, you’d be more willing too…)

Lifestraw is a water filter in a straw. It’s a cheap ($2.00), effective (removes 99.9% contaminants) and is good for about a year’s supply of water (700 liters). Clean water is a basic human need, and Life straw helps millions purify their drinking water, saving them waterborne illness and death by dessication.  With all the technology squeezed into the 12.2 inches of this thing, you could drink mud with no worries.

Check out the video below. You can mix cow dung with your water and still be good.

Testing the Lifestraw: Cow sh!t to clean water video.

Categories:

Environmental design, Area improvement design, Health related design, Make a difference design, Helpful/useful design

Negotiations:

Money making venture vs. social improvement venture, Distribution/Use of LifeStraw vs. local methods of water purification, man vs nature, man vs man-polluted nature

-Roark Design (Assignment 0.3)


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