Two new lesson/modules are now available, focusing on the unique characteristics of atoll islands. Both are now in the Resources section of the site.
Majuro geology is explored in Majuro-module1
Majuro hydrology is covered in Majuro-module2
Here again, innovators are developing new ways to clean water.
Folia Water has a silver-impregnated paper filter along with holder to fit common water bottles and containers.
Come back soon and view a video with the founder of Folia Water.
Had a really interesting talk last week with a student from USC whose group, Club H2O, has developed and is distributing a revolutionary new water filter! See the video here.
The Aqus filters remove 99.999% of bacteria, have an estimated 5-year lifespan, and are rugged and simple to maintain. They can filter ~380 gallons of water per day!
Check this out – a sort of merger between reverse osmosis and solar distillation:
Check out The Pop Up Effect to learn more about some of the strange properties of water!
This looks like an interesting and possibly game-changing technology:
This – dynamic-adaptive-management-handbook – is a potentially useful tool to help communities make collaborative, evidence-based decisions related to their water resources. Written for Kiribati, the process, and much of the information, may be applicable to locales in the USAPI.
We often don’t realize how much water we use indirectly.
Students in Majuro’s Life Skills Academy (LSA) are generating fresh water from seawater by building solar stills.
Here’s a completed still, below.
About 5 – 8 gallons of seawater goes in the black trays. Solar energy does the rest.
By evaporation and condensation, at the end of a day, about 1/2 – 1 gallon of fresh water has collected in the bottom.
A simple design that advances self-sustainability!
This is part of our Water for Life supplemental grant – Food, Energy, & Water: Leveraging and Organizing Toward Self-sustainability (FEW-LOTS) – from the National Science Foundation.
Check out this new point-of-use water disinfection technology!
MadiDrops – see madidrop.com – are simple to use and inexpensive.
Just put one of these silver-infused porous ceramic tablets in ~2.5 gallons of water.
Wait overnight. The pathogens have all been killed.
Pour off the now clean water to use for drinking, washing, etc.
Repeat each day for 6 months, using the same, single MadiDrop.
Cost: ~$5 per MadiDrop.