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Dave Ashman

Trustee, H2O Trust

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Reducing plastic bottle wasted production by providing filtered drinking water for all people via our Solar Street Vending Dispensers (SVDs)

Greetings to TED members & Associates,
This realistic solution to our water scarcity etc., may have been discussed previously however kindly consider it's new design, sustainability and ease of access for all people.
One flask of water supplied Free of cost to non-incomed poor & children worldwide.
Much more details about this idea can be found here @ http://www.i8not.net/wordpress/

We aim to provide guaranteed high quality, safe, clean Drinking Water to all (on-the-go) individuals travelling to work, school or whilst on holiday. Without them having to pollute their environment purchasing one-use disposable plastic bottles whilst unsure of the purity of the drinking water within.
Also with the current global environmental issue of Climate Change, we see the wasteful global transportation costs and Oil used in the manufacturing of plastic water bottles as being greatly reduced by our SVD sidewalk located water system. Unlike current indoor or wall mounted water fountains (whose output water quality is unproven) our SVDs guarantees a balanced pH drinking water quality. Which is only accessible via our re-useable bar-coded stainless steel flask(s) & Water purchase ID card sets.
Our SVDs do not require external resources such as local mains water or use of the mains electrical power supply. As we have designed our SVDs to be totally powered by solar panels; also to use the latest safe technology to dehumidify the moisture from the surrounding atmosphere (WFA) into pure drinking water.

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    Jun 5 2011: Since we're constantly fed the idea of being free. And since Food and Water are essentials for mankind. Food and Water should, therefore, be free. Having to pay for drinkable water is to pay for the privilege of being alive.

    Back on topic. Couldn't all plastic containers simply be made of biodegradable cellulose?
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      Jun 6 2011: Thanks Tony for the points in your comment.
      Well yes, Free in a world of charges is a great dream.
      Currently however in the real world to achieve the highest drinking water standards costs and in some regions of the world to have running clean drinking water in the home is a rarity (due to no infrastructure funds).
      Urbanization requires waste water treatment - COSTs
      The provision of adequate drinking water requires the building of modern, expensive reservoirs or the transportation usually by pipe-line or canal across countries - COSTs.
      This project will ensure the output water for all human people is of a global HIGH standard.
      Currently biodegradable cellulose has numerous draw-backs:
      1. Growing crops to make biodegradable bottles; thereby using more agricultural water supplies.
      2. Currently under 5% of plastic bottles are biodegradable.

      Bioplastics or organic plastics are a form of plastics derived from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable oil, corn starch, pea starch,[1] or microbiota,[2] rather than fossil-fuel plastics which are derived from petroleum. Some, but not all, bioplastics are designed to bio-degrade. (Wikipedia)
      http://www.delish.com/food/recalls-reviews/pepsi-develops-biodegradable-bottle and much more info out there.
      I do hope Tony, we agree that PET bottles have numerous negative environmental issues, such as transportation, leaching of BPA due to heat and the disposal costs.

      Your interest is appreciated.
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    Jun 5 2011: Why we can't have drinkable water in tap, when our forefather's could drink tap water? Did they drink unhygienic water ?

    We progressed with our technology so much , why so behind in this case ? Or bottled water a commercial gimmick ?
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      Jun 6 2011: Hi Salim,
      A simple answer is knowledge, agricultural developments (pesticides), pharmaceutical drugs, urbanization therefore waste water treatments and perhaps increased populations.
      In days of old, drinking water in some regions was plentiful and reasonably safe to drink.
      In other regions (towns) disease was the outcome of drinking polluted water.
      Yes, bottled water is a very profitable, (£100 Billion annually) marketing (media) and environmentally damaging gimmick.
      Involving the World Bank and numerous well known water/beverage multi-national corporations.
      They purchase a nations' public water assets then fail to invest in infrastructure leading to leaks, poor water standards (taste & toxins) thereby increases their costly plastic bottled water sales.
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        Jun 9 2011: Thanks Dave for your answer.
        I agree pesticides & use of lot of other chemicals used for our day to day utility like soaps , ditergents etc has contributed to water pollution , but are we not technologically advanced enough to purify those then supply through tap?

        Who is ensuring the bottled water we are drinking are free from traces of pollutants ?
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          Jun 9 2011: Most welcome Salim,
          Yes, bottled water is not as highly regulated as Tap water......yet due to poor infrastructure standards our global water quality is unequal. Of course the filtering water classes are reasonably safe.
          The majority believe bottled water is their only alternative. Wrong!
          Hundred of silent recalls have occurred of tainted/toxic bottled water without any major news headlines.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzidmg5b0CE

          This is why our new SVD drinking water project will employ maintenance technicians to monitor the output drinking water ensuring it remains toxin free in the long-term.
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    Jun 5 2011: That's a good idea to have clean water all over our earth.
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      Jun 6 2011: Agreed Solveigh,
      Even with your limited vision you genuinely comprehend the benefits of this project.
      Many are opposed due to the powerful organisations engaged in the plastic bottle (oil) water and greedy media opportunities promoting it.

      This sustainable and environmentally friendly drinking water project, ticks all the boxes.
      Thank you, for the comment.
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    Jun 11 2011: Feel dehydrated no longer, Washington.

    Earlier this month, a company called TapIt launched a water-bottle-refilling network in DC. The idea is simple: Pop in to a TapIt partner location, and you can refill your reusable water bottle for free.

    TapIt launched in 2009 in New York City and quickly gained steam—the program was popular among busy (and thirsty) urbanites on the go. Other cities took notice: “What was really surprising was the interest across the country and around the world,” says Will Schwartz, TapIt’s campaign director. The concept has since expanded to cities in 22 states, plus DC. TapIt will add Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Copenhagen to its network later this year.

    Read the full news story here:
    http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/health/wellbeing/19774.html?msg=99
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    Jun 9 2011: THE Canadian province of Manitoba has banned water bottles from all of its offices to encourage drinking of tap water, winning praise from ecologists.

    "We believe by taking this step we are leading by example and encouraging Manitobans to move away from using single-use bottled water," Manitoba Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie said.

    The new policy bans the use of provincial funds to buy single-use bottled water in plastic containers with less than one litre of water when tap water that is safe for drinking is reasonably accessible.

    Ecologists immediately praised the move, saying that the production, transport and recycling of single-use water bottles wastes energy and produces unnecessary carbon emissions.

    Manitoba is the second Canadian province to enact a water bottle ban, after Nova Scotia.