Amphibious Water Treatment System (AWTS)
The amphibious water treatment system (AWTS) can reach flooded, inaccessible areas during typhoons and turn the flood into drinking water.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
The 7,107 islands of the Philippines experience heavy rainfall annually. Without fail, the heavy downpour brings with it intense flooding, which seems to become worse every year especially for those living in areas below sea level or places with under designed drainage systems. When this happens, some areas become inaccessible and the people affected are disconnected from the rest of the city. If they’re not prepared for the typhoon or heavy rainfall, they have limited ways to obtain food and water until the flood subsides, which sometimes could take days.
One way we might mitigate the effects of excessive flooding is to create an amphibious water treatment system. This mobile treatment plant (ideally solar powered) will be able to navigate through flooded areas. It will use floodwater as raw water and turn it into drinking water through ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet disinfection. The water produced by the machine will be distributed to the affected community.
If several units of this machine were deployed, it may help hasten the draw down of flooding and reduce the load of drain pipes. It may also greatly relieve the people without drinking water during calamities.
People living in densely populated slums and low lying urban areas are the primary beneficiaries of this idea. During rainy seasons, these places are greatly affected by floods. With AWTS, they can have potable water straight from the flood waters. The people will be less reliant on relief goods or outside help since they can produce their own drinking water.
The idea will be implemented in Manila, PH - it has a lot of slum areas and floods almost always happen with the slightest rainfall.
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
The city of Manila has been doing a lot of reworks in terms of drainages and community relocation. To aid the efforts of the local government, the AWTS will help people directly affected by floods become more secure because they now have a way to control and utilize flood water, something that used to be a great burden. Also, this will help in the relief operations of the government because they can reduce the need for additional bottled water.
On a daily basis, most people living in slum areas have difficulty obtaining inexpensive drinking water. During rainy seasons, the AWTS will do its duty of converting flood water to drinking water. Interestingly, a lot of slum areas in Manila are situated near polluted creeks. The AWTS can be used for treating the dirty water and become a source of livelihood for the people, especially during dry seasons. By showing them the importance of drinking water, they would even think twice when they throw their wastes into the nearby creeks – since they now know that someday, they’re going to drink the water that used to contain their garbage.
In addition, this idea is not limited to the urban slums. This can be used for the rest of the city that experiences flooding. This can help the rest of the city adapt to the worsening floods.
Yes, for two or more years
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I'm an engineer working with Maynilad, a private water company in the Philippines. I have been part of the operations team that treat water from what's considered as the 'largest septic tank' in the Philippines and I believe that we can do the same for our flood waters.
Let's collaborate! :)