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A DIY rain water catchment and filtration wall ,made from recycled bottles.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

In Thailand, as climate continually heats up heavy rain becomes more common, however people doesn't see this as water collection opportunity because water collected in urban area is not sanitise enough and people in slums don’t have space, in their house ,for water catchment. The idea is a bottles filtering wall , a vertical water catchment with filtration system, that can be made from basic elements. We will be using recycled water bottles and stack them as a pipe (see pictures). The pipe is connected to existing roof, so when the rain falls, water will fall into the pipe and go pass levels of filters inside it. The filtered water will fall into side bottle for different use according to how clean it is. The more filter water passes the more purified. Thus, water in top bottles will be used for chores that doesn’t need perfectly clean water like house cleaning. The bottles below can be use for washing, and the bottom ones for drinking. Storing water vertically help save living space, plus it can blend into home as a wall. Keeping the water in bottles make it easy and ready to use at all times. people don’t have to wait a long time for water to be perfectly purified to be able to use it, as different chores require different level of water cleanliness , they can pick and choose the level that is appropriate for their needs.

WHO BENEFITS?

Every household in the slum community can benefit from making and installing this. We can equip the community with how-to guide to make bottles filtering wall and provide them with used bottles- It should be easy for both men and women to make it ,as it doesn’t require heavy labour. This can be applied to any place where bottles are abundant and places with high rainfall level like Klongtoei slum in Thailand.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

This idea maximise limited resources - water , material, and space. It also includes women in implementation as making one don't require heavy labour. This was my project for recycled product design class , when I was in Architectural school in Thailand. It is still a concept, I made a prototype and it turned out that the side bottles can't handle weight of water well. So,the idea needs view from engineers.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on!

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I studied Architecture, became a strategic planner at an advertising agency, and now working in healthy food business. This idea was from my passed project. I am a facilitator for this challenge -in my community Bangkok. Now, trying to set a meet up and recruit ideas for the challenge.

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This is a very brilliant idea. Can it be used to recycle water from kitchen? Would the design be different?

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