A Cost-Effective And Healthy Method To Transport Water
After receiving the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grants last year to design and implement ScumBot, known colloquially as an aquatic Roomba, we decided to expand the Catlin Gabel InvenTeam this year beyond the constraints of a single project. So when a group of Catlin Gabel InvenTeam students found out about the Clean Tech Challenge 2015, we were determined to submit our own project for engineering and philanthropy.
The theme of the challenge this year was “Feed the World,” so in response we created Water Trotter, a product that transports water in developing countries in a cost effective way. Out of 350 teams competing for the Clean Tech Challenge, we placed first and won a $10,000 grant to help boost the project to achieve its fullest potential.
Water Trotter was designed with an eye for utilizing easy to get and accessible resources, with the intent of not limiting usage due to a lack of materials. Another upside of Water Trotter is that it uses an ultraviolet purification lamp, placed in between the two tires and so that when the tires rotate, it powers the generator to run the UV lamp. The generated light kills the tiny invisible bacteria in the water, thus purifying the water. The process of turning the tires not only helps with providing clean drinking water, but also with adding potable washing material for cleaning dishes and potable cooking water as well.