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There are two key images that I have as I blog today

the first is from national geogrphic. It shows a purification system that uses old clear plastic bottles and sunlight.

The second is a Ted talk in which the speaker,Michael Pritchard describes an inexpensive 20 micron filter.

how to purify water with videos


a gravity assisted pendulum pump to filter water

Katadyn extreme cyst water filter


solar desination at mit

april 1 2007 I think carbon offsets should buy a solar desalinator
that drip irrigates a forest, grown in a desert with sea water

March 1 2007 Legal opinion on water as a human right

Feb 1 2007End Water Poverty

Jan 1 2007 Britain has Declared Clean Drinking Water to be a Human Right of its citizens!

(let's get other countries to do the same!)

Dec 1 Drinking Water from Solar Hybrid Technology

Nov 1  Concentrating solar power and water desalinzation solar steam towers always create fresh water

Oct 1  Great system for turning air into water

Sept 1   another movie on water aid

July 1   Have you seen this great show on water on

June 24 Have you seen this awesome WATER movie by Leonardo DiCaprio!!

June 19  A simple aerobic sewage treatmant plant developed in africa for africa.

June 15: Carbon Nanotubes could bring the cost of desalinating salt water way down. Rather than Desert Storm we need Desert Bloom.

June 8: Exciting announcement out of china! New clean water tech!

May 23 2006  I'm inspired by the playful globalism in zefrank's global sandwich project.

    I put up a version of the global toast movie with a 'donate' button. I think this movie needs text overlay talking about the problem.


March 22 2006 L U.N. warnings about  world water situation

March 20 2006
Dean Kamen, the engineer who invented the Segway, is puzzling over a new equation these days. An estimated 1.1 billion people in the world don't have access to clean drinking water, and an estimated 1.6 billion don't have electricity. Those figures add up to a big problem for the world—and an equally big opportunity for entrepreneurs.

To solve the problem, he's invented two devices, each about the size of a washing machine that can provide much-needed power and clean water in rural villages.

"Eighty percent of all the diseases you could name would be wiped out if you just gave people clean water," says Kamen. "The water purifier makes 1,000 liters of clean water a day, and we don't care what goes into it. And the power generator makes a kilowatt off of anything that burns."

Feb 10 2006:

I donated a well and another large package at christmas.
I want to see this page create some benefits for the people involved.
Realistically though, if people on the web(like me) dont have enough money
to give, they can at least give time. I want this place to be a clearing
house for information about clean water for all.

Jan 29 2006:  

Well I think I put the page up a year ago, and really I haven't done much work on
it. I was hoping the wiki would just spontaneously become good, but instead it got erased by a
spam bot. I was having to come by and clean out spam every couple months anyway.

I guess I'll file the wiki under future technologies and  do the work of making the global
toast website worth visiting  myself.  or not... I never know when I'll get inspired to work
on this. I like that  my workspace can handle a lot of common feelings I have, musical, textual,
codesolving, charitable... its just I dont really feel charitable often enough. I suppose as I get
older that will be more often.

but this a project that a skilled media manipulator could pull off (fundraising wise) in a
year. I donated enough for a well in madagascar that will supply 300 people with water forever.
It cost a little over $300...

At that rate its tempting to do the math as1 billion people would only cost 1 billion dollars.

With efficiency and volume purchase power that might be a doable number, but lets say
30 billion.

The us military budget is a billion a day.

Jan 30 2006

      The media page on global toast might be a place to focus.

There are a lot of pros making throw-away media to test tools and such.

This is an opportunity to throw some towards the poorest people on earth.