There are many resolutions to the lack of drinking water in many third world countries, but the Inhabitat website (submitted by my classmate Natalie Smith) provides six that I thought were very interesting, specifically the Lifestraw and the Ceramic Water Filters.
The Lifestraw, which I think is amazing, yet does have a few draw backs. This solution is a straw that purifies water before the liquid hits the drinker’s lips. The Lifestraw is revolutionary because it allows water that was previously toxic and potentially deadly to be used. The world has numerous bodies of water that are unsafe to drink regularly, but with the Lifestraw, potential pathogens are removed. Despite being an amazing solution, it is very singular in the idea that in order for owners of the Lifestraw to provide clean drinking and bathing water to their families, they have to suck it up through the straw and spit it back out into a different container. I wonder if the creators of the Lifestraw could team up with another company, or simply by themselves build off their idea of the straw to create a larger solution that could filter more water.
The Ceramic Water filter is one that is truly phenomenal in my opinion and has results to back it up. This solution is based of the tiny pores in the fired clay that filters out the harmful bacteria. Because it is a container, this water can be used for drinking, cooking and bathing which covers many of the issues.
Of course neither of these are the perfect solution, but every step towards a change is amazing.
What most surprised me from the F.L.O.W film was that tap water has more rules and regulations than bottled water. I have always advocated for bottled or filtered water and vehemently refused to drink tap water no matter what. Therefore finding out that tap water may actually be safer was mind boggling to me. The creators of F.L.O.W attempted to educate the public on the water issues around the world and have succeeded in doing so. Sometimes the smallest facts make the biggest impact, like the fact that we need 30 billion dollars a year to provide safe drinking water to the whole planet and yet we spend 100 billion per year on bottled water. I say we because as consumers, we contribute to the problem and there are many ways we can help. By donating money or time, thinking of solutions, aiding solutions, and countless other way, any and everybody can help.
F.L.O.W the movie