AquatecH2o. Safe, clean sanitation.

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AquatecH2o. Safe, clean sanitation.: Everybody has "to go", let's help them grow.

Manchester, Reuno UnidoAny country or area with poor or no sanitation , África do Sul
Year Founded:
2008
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This is a clean, safe, waterless sanitation system. The system will not only help prevent the spread of disease and save lives, it will also help to create safe fertile ground to grow crops, therefor having an agricultural benefit too.

More details of this in the attached synopsis.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we could help prevent some of the 2.2 million (801,000 of which are children under five) deaths caused each year, due to poor sanitation related disease?? I personally would like to make that "What if" become an "I/we did"
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to improved sanitation and 1 billion practice open defecation, this is why 2.2 million people die each year due to disease related to this, what is even more saddening, is that 801,000 children under the age of 5 are among these fatalities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

With this new drainage system, the waste is collected then left to compost for the required time period underground, this period is long enough to ensure pathogen die off. The waste is now already spread throughout the predetermined area as the system is used, once pathogen die off is achieved, the ground is then cultivated and used for the desired agricultural purposes. The waste has now been safely disposed of, it's primary function has helped prevent open defecation, will help prevent the spread of disease and provide clean and safe sanitation. It's secondary function will now assist agriculture, helping to make infertile ground fertile and therefor suitable to grow crops.

Awards

This particular project has not won any awards, however I/my company has won: Aspire to enterprise 2009, Shell Livewire 2010, Salford entrepreneur of the year 2011 and a Technology Strategy Board Innovation £5,000 voucher 2013.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Sub-Saharan Africa faces some of the biggest challenges: Approximately 695 million lacked access to proper sanitation facilities. Together, unclean water and poor sanitation are a leading cause of child mortality. An estimated 2,194 children die every day from disease, spread due to poor sanitation and hygiene. If we could slowly implement these systems across this region to begin with, not only would we greatly reduce moralities, this would empower people, communities and villages to implement their own sanitation and grow their own crops. The reduction in disease would allow for funding to be freed up and therefor used on other thing, such as clean water and education.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

It is estimated that every $1 spent on water and sanitation, generates $4 in increased economic opportunity. Universal access to water and sanitation would result in an estimated $32 billion in economic benefits per year globally from reductions in health care costs and increased productivity from reduced illness. In Africa alone, universal access to water and sanitation would bring an estimated annual economic benefit of $22 billion, African women and children would particularly benefit from such increased access, as they are the main retrievers of water. When doing calculations for my research, it is easy to look at the figures as merely numbers, we should remind ourselves that each unit in these figures is an actual persons life, this is why I spent all of my available time submitting this innovation first, rather than one of my others which would be more profitable to me.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

If we focused on Sub-Saharan Africa to begin with. The first two years would mainly consist of compiling test data, tooling and set up, followed by relations with the relevant governing bodies, promotion and locating the worst effected areas to begin the initial installations. Once the benefits from the initial runs are evident, the next aim would be to mass produce, then educate people to install and use these systems themselves, aiming to reach 10% of the region over the following 3 years. Once other governments see the benefits, then I would hope that project would progress exponentially.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Once the initial prototypes are produced, the projects potential is demonstrated and specific in-depth data is available, I will then begin to approach the relevant countries governments and aid organisations to assist financially . This is not an expensive mission or an extremely costly thing to produce, I merely need the assistance to get the initial set up costs and to get the finished products to the places that will benefit from them.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Other waterless WC systems are much more expensive (for example, the EcoSan), also they require the waste to be handled regularly, requiring protective equipment and raising the potential spread of disease, in some cases there are also charges for the waste removal. With my new system the waste is simply left to compost for the required time period, the ground is then cultivated and used for the desired agricultural purpose. The waste is now safely disposed of, it's primary function stops open defecation, will help prevent the spread of disease and provides clean and safe sanitation.
Team

Founding Story

I have been a plumber since leaving school in 1998. On a daily basis, I see the ways in which water is wasted, I always theoretically devised solutions to prevent or rectify these issues. Now having 2 children, I am more aware of the environmental impact the human race is having on our planet. I want my children and future generations to have a nice world to live in, therefor I decided to use my skills to help reduce carbon emissions. In 2009 I began to enter competitions to gain funds to progress my innovations, the prizes from these competitions is the only funding assistance I have received, in 2012 I set up my limited company as I begun to supply 1 of my products to 9 water UK companies.

Team

As previously mentioned, I currently work alone, however this has not prevented me from achieving any of my past goals. Although I am capable of bringing my ideas to fruition, I also understand that having assistance from the right people and/or companies can help in achieving things much quicker, with this innovation in particular, I feel that a quick route to market is essential. I have run my own design and development company for 7 years, 3 years as a limited company. I design all of my own products, as well as products for third parties, I am self taught in C.A.D, such as SolidWorks, Sketch up and AutoCad. The work I do means a lot to me, I am very passionate about it and am extremely driven. Over the years I have had many things occur that may have deterred a lot of people, I have also had several close calls with major success, that have unfortunately fallen through for one reason or another, each of these has been a huge knock, nevertheless I have carried on, and each knock has only made me more determined to succeed. I have great problem solving skills, when a problem is put to me, I can almost always find a solution or two, or three, this is not just relating to the water industry, I design packaging reduction solutions, green energy production, innovative solar energy production, beverages, clothing, safety equipment, tools and anything that addresses a need or problem, whatever it may be.