The Water Wheel by Clearwater Mills Cleans a Baltimore River

By: Meghan Young - May 24, 2014
References: clearwatermills & psfk
Bustling metropolises that boast waterways, be them in the form of rivers, lakes and even oceans, often receive tons of complaints about their clean factor (or lack thereof); the Water Wheel by Clearwater Mills could make a vast difference. Inspired by these complaints, specifically those touring the City of Baltimore, co-founder John Kellett decided to take action, building a successful prototype to mitigate the damage.

Backed by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, the official Water Wheel by Clearwater Mills was born, a world's first. The wheel funnels debris into itself, which is then captured in spring-loaded leaf rakes. The debris is moved along a conveyor belt that releases it into a dumpster on a floating dock.