14 Jun '12, 3pm

New Backpack Could Ease Water Carrying Burden for Women and Children

New Backpack Could Ease Water Carrying Burden for Women and Children

A partnership between a major industrial packaging manufacturer and a group of social entrepreneurs has produced an innovative product - a water-carrying backpack to help transport clean water safely and with less effort. And one of the best parts is that they cost just $10. In many parts of the world, the water crisis is an in-your-face daily issue, with lots of time and energy spent just providing the basic water needs of a family. "The burden of water transport can be huge for women and children in developing countries. The average person needs 8 to 15 liters of water per day; a family of six needs up to 90 liters daily. And in Africa, for example, women walk an average of 3.5 miles each day to get water." And on top of that, the containers used to transport it (usually a repurposed container) may be responsible for contaminating the water because they aren't designed t...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/new-backpack-could-ease...

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