The Aquaduct Mobile Filtration Vehicle is a new solution for providing and trasnporting water in areas of need.
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1.1 Billion People in the world do not have access to clean water. Over 5,000 children die each day because of water related diseases. Our solution is Aquaduct, pedal powered vehicle that transports water and filters it while in motion. Often water sources are distant and women must devote hours of labor just to meet the basic needs of there families. Walking three miles or more is common. Traveling this distant to be a motorbike or truck consumes fuel and pollutes the air. Moreover a family of four needs a minimum of 20 galloons per day. Sanitizing this much water by boiling consumes precious resources and contributes deforestation. The Aquaduct enables a person to get enough water for an entire family and clean it in one trip. The Aquaduct is composed of two tanks. A filter, a belt drive, a peristaltic pump and a clutch connected to an idle or pulley. Once the rider arrives at the water source she fills the large tank at the back of the vehicle with water. The caps are place and the rider can start home. As the rider pedals, the peristaltic pump draws the water from the large tank through a filter to a two galloon clean tank. Upon arrival the clean water tank is easy remove and taken inside the home for drinking and cooking needs. The close container eliminates the contamination that currently occurs from storage and open containers. When more filtered water is needed the clean water tank is reattached. Then the rider flips a clutch that it released the tension in the belt and disengages the pedals from the wheels. She can now filter the next two galloons to a stationary. The Aquaduct will allow families in developing countries to have daily access to clean water. All by harnessing the energy of pedal power. [Music Playing]