Water occupies 71% of the Earth but we still have millions of people drinking dirty water. Some of these people (approximately 1.8 billion) walk miles to get these dirty water. Are there no solution to this atrocity?

Michael Pritchard has the invention, LifeSaver, that can be the answer. In 2007 Michael received the "Best Technological Development" award for his invention and publicly showed off his invention in a TED Talk in 2009.

Since then Michael's company LifeSaver Systems Ltd. has partnered with NGOs and militaries around the world to help people receive clean drinking water. Including major disasters like 2004 Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Although, there is a lifespan for the filters used within these LifeSaver systems, with appropriate funding I think we can achieve the UN goal of no one live without clean drinking water.


On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7M earthquake occurred in Haiti. Many countries immediately sent humanitarian aids and rescue team to the devastated country where over 80% of the buildings are destroyed.

Most of these countries air lifted aids to Haiti but the airport was not reopened until late that evening.

Instead of doing what other countries do, USA sent their Nimitz class supercarrierUSS Carl Vinson to Haiti. It brought with it humanitarian aids, search and rescue, but instead of bringing fresh water to Haiti. The US used the carrier's ability to produce fresh water to create 300,000 liters on location.

Yes, this sending a USS carrier is impressive and it also has the infrastructure necessary to assist the wounded, like shelter and field hospital, but a more cost effective way would be for United Nation, UNHCR and other national agencies to invest in local purification systems, like LifeSaver invented by Michael W. Pritchard. According to Pritchard it only cost GBP4.00 per person.