In different parts of the world, particularly in developing countries, thousands of people die each week from contaminated water. People, including infants, suffer and die from cholera, typhoid fever, and other water-borne diseases. It’s numbing to realize that a lot of people are deprived of clean drinking water, one of the basic needs of the human race.
To help solve dirty water crisis, some brilliant minds have come up with great inventions from bicycles.
In Japan, a special bicycle called the CycloClean was developed to purify water as you ride it. It is able to process up to five liters of water every minute and can function properly for two years without replacing the filter.
In California, the winning team in Google’s Innovate or Die competition invented the Aquaduct, a pedal-powered machine that stores, filters, and transports up to 20 gallons of water. This specially designed bicycle is based on the fact that a family composed of four members needs about that much water daily to meet their basic needs like drinking, washing, cooking, and cleaning.
These bicycles can be lifesavers for people in the developing areas or in places struck by natural disasters.
It’s truly amazing how you can still make an amazing thing out of an already-amazing machine — the bicycle.
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