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Challenge Low-cost Rainwater Storage System
Low-cost Rainwater Storage System
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 1188
Posted: Oct 30 2008
Challenge ID: 7497318
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EnterpriseWorks/VITA (EWV), is seeking design ideas for a low-cost rain water storage system that can be installed in households in developing countries. The solution is expected to facilitate access to clean water at a household level, addressing a problem that affects millions of people worldwide who are living in impoverished communities or rural areas where access to clean water is limited. Domestic rain water harvesting is a proven technology that can be a valuable option for accessing and storing water year round. However, the high cost of available rain water storage systems makes them well beyond the reach of low-income families to install in their homes.

A solution to this problem would not only provide convenient and affordable access to scarce water resources, but would also allow families, particularly the women and children that are usually tasked with water collection, to spend less time walking distances to collect water and more time on activities that can bring in income and improve the quality of life.
The Challenge is to design a very low cost rainwater storage system that can be installed in a developing country. Designs that are modular, adaptable, salvageable or that have multipurpose function are preferred.

This is a theoretical challenge which requires a written proposal only. The Solver will propose a design that meets the requirements and justify it with arguments and relevant references. The proposal will be evaluated on a theoretical basis considering current state of the art knowledge.

Please Note: This is a Theoretical – licensing type Challenge. You do not have to give up ownership of the intellectual property, but you will provide an exclusive license to use the technology in this application for the award.

For more than 40 years in 100 countries, EnterpriseWorks/VITA (EWV) has worked to combat poverty by helping small producers and other entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses that create jobs and increase productivity, market opportunities and incomes. EWV achieves this by expanding access to appropriate technologies, technical assistance, knowledge and finance.
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