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70 Water-Management Marvels

From Lifestraw Purifiers to Toilet Tank Aquariums

— November 29, 2010 — Eco
Capturing, collecting, routing, cleaning and managing water in an ever-more-populated world is the work of many architects, designers and scientists. Some of the inventions they conceive are complex, while others are inspired in their simplicity.

Mind-bending or simplistic, these water-management marvels will hopefully tickle your brain, whet your imagination and leave you asking, "Why didn't I think of that?"

Implications - Water is everywhere. It makes up 70% of the human body and most of the earth's surface, yet recently, scientists have expressed fear of this resource's rapid depletion. Thus, smart companies have begun releasing products made specifically for making water that isn't suitable for consumption drinkable, which in turn will effect the future and present state of national culture.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
70
Earth-Saving Powdered Fluids
Earth-Saving Powdered Fluids
'Dry Water' Could Absorb and Store Greenhouse Gases
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69
Sustainable Sewage Plants
Sustainable Sewage Plants
Rocket Engine Wastewater Treatment Could Yield Self-Powered Facilities
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68
Brewable Water Purifiers
Brewable Water Purifiers
Nanofiber-Lined Tea Bags are Efficient, Inexpensive and Easy to Use
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67
Make Every Drop Count
Make Every Drop Count
Water-Leech
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66
Diaper Farming
Diaper Farming
TerraCottem Soil-Conditioning Hydrogels Reduce Water Needs
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65
Climbing for Clean Water
Climbing for Clean Water
Celebs Take to 'Summit on the Summit'
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64
Clean Water Breakthroughs
Clean Water Breakthroughs
MIT Creates Desalination Chip That Can Produce Drinkable Water
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63
Drinking Rain To Offset Carbon Emissions
Drinking Rain To Offset Carbon Emissions
Tasmanian Rain
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62
NASA Recycles Pee
NASA Recycles Pee
ECLSS Saves Every Drop
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61
Vapor Compression Distiller
Vapor Compression Distiller
Dean Kamen Tackles Global Water Availability
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60
Crankable Water Purifiers
Crankable Water Purifiers
The SteriPen Sidewinder is a Hand-Powered Water Filter
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59
Aussie Solution for Water Restrictions
Aussie Solution for Water Restrictions
Water-Leech
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58
Water-Purifying Mushrooms
Water-Purifying Mushrooms
Project Umbrella Converts and Diverts Waste Water to Plants and Trees
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57
Heroic Aqua Purifiers
Heroic Aqua Purifiers
'Water Ahead' Water Filters Aid in Disaster Relief Efforts
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56
Grey Water Recycling
Grey Water Recycling
The 'Envirosink' Helps You Prevent Water Waste At Home
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55
Germ-Fighting Pitchers
Germ-Fighting Pitchers
The Restore Water Purification System Uses UV Clean Technology
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54
Drinkable Bathwater
Drinkable Bathwater
The Gray Water Movement Nourishes Your Plants
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53
Dare-Induced Activism
Dare-Induced Activism
'Clean Water Challenge' Raises Awareness for Drinking Water
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52
Robotic Water Purifiers
Robotic Water Purifiers
The Airborne Robotic Oil Spill Recovery System Can Clean Up the Gulf
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51
Rain Chains
Rain Chains
Practical Household Appliance Is An Eye-Catching Spectacle
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50
Solar-Powered Water Filters
Solar-Powered Water Filters
The Trunz Water Systems 200 Provides Clean Water on No Fuel
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49
Potable Pee
Potable Pee
Leonardo Manavella's ‘Agua H20' Converts Urine Into Drinking Water
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48
Eco Rainwater Mandates
Eco Rainwater Mandates
Illegal Rainwater Catchment May Become Legal and Required in LA
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47
Eco Shower Add-Ons
Eco Shower Add-Ons
Combine Your Body Wash or Shampoo with Your Shower Water Thanks to Bodysof
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46
Green Rainwater Savers
Green Rainwater Savers
RainTube Offers Gutter Protection & Water Storage
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45
Plant-Watering Benches
Plant-Watering Benches
The H2Pod Can Water Trees and Grass While You Relax
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44
Water-Waste Awareness Baths
Water-Waste Awareness Baths
Transparent Tub Has Measurements
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43
Water-Saving Condos
Water-Saving Condos
The Rain Collector Skyscraper Ensures We'll Never Go Thirsty
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42
Toilet Lid Sinks
Toilet Lid Sinks
Wash Up With Toilet Water
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41
Charcoal Water Filters
Charcoal Water Filters
An Eco-Friendly Filter That Adds Nutrients to Water
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40
Chic Water Conservers
Chic Water Conservers
Drop of Rain Barrel Saves Water While Looking Good
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39
Water-Purifying Skyscrapers
Water-Purifying Skyscrapers
Chilean Students Design a Highrise to Filter the Mapocho River
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38
Ultra Eco Water Taps
Ultra Eco Water Taps
The Anti Waste Faucet Saves Precious Water While Soaping Up
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37
LifeStraw: Innovative Drinking Straw Filters Waterborne Illness
LifeStraw: Innovative Drinking Straw Filters Waterborne Illness
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36
Merry-Go-Rounds As Water Pumps
Merry-Go-Rounds As Water Pumps
PlayPumps Demonstrate Fun Ecopreneurship
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35
Absorbent Pavement
Absorbent Pavement
FilterPave Assists with Rainwater Management and Runoff
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34
Raincycling Bus Stops
Raincycling Bus Stops
The Ramesh Kanth Bus Shelter is Designed to Harvest Rainwater
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33
Extreme Green Overpasses
Extreme Green Overpasses
William Badrick's Green Roof Bridge for Columbia River Crossing
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32
Solar-Powered Water Purifiers
Solar-Powered Water Purifiers
Swedish 'Solvatten' Ensures Sipping Safety
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31
Eco-Friendly Filtration
Eco-Friendly Filtration
The IDEO and 3M 'Filtrete' Promotes Sustainable Water Bottle Use
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30
Rainwater Filtration Systems
Rainwater Filtration Systems
Skywater Harnesses Precipitation for Fresh Public Hydration
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29
Simple Solar Stills
Simple Solar Stills
Low Tech Watercone Makes Brackish or Polluted Water Potable
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28
Water Virus Filters
Water Virus Filters
The Portable LifeSaver Systems Cleans Out Bacteria
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27
Mystical Mist Catchers
Mystical Mist Catchers
The DropNet Fog Collector by Imke Hoehler Helps You Harvest H2O
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26
Rain Filtering Umbrellas
Rain Filtering Umbrellas
The Filterbrella
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25
Life-Saving Water Collectors
Life-Saving Water Collectors
'Savior Bud' Gathers Potable Moisture from Tree Leaves
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24
Waterborne Solar Arrays
Waterborne Solar Arrays
Solar-Powered Winery Uses Floating Power Panels (UPDATE)
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23
Fashionable Water Filters
Fashionable Water Filters
AquaIris Portable Water Purifier is a Lavish Life Saver
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22
Water-Collecting Wind Turbines
Water-Collecting Wind Turbines
Stylish "Eol'eau" Stores Green Energy and Rain
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21
Oil-Filtering Water Pumps
Oil-Filtering Water Pumps
Ocean Therapy Solutions Can Remove Oil from Water
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20
Waterless Washing Machines
Waterless Washing Machines
Xeros Uses Only 1 Cup of Water/Load
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19
Water Purifier Packaging
Water Purifier Packaging
Life Sack Converts Grain Sacks into Water Filters
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18
Water-Recycling Shower
Water-Recycling Shower
Quench Enables Guilt-Free Shower Indulgence
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17
Evaporating Water Filters
Evaporating Water Filters
The Solar Water Purifier is a Low-Tech Way to Get Safe Drinking Water
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16
Small Scale Water Harvesting
Small Scale Water Harvesting
'Petal Drops' Repurposes Plastic Bottles for Rain Collection
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15
Salt-Removing Water Filters
Salt-Removing Water Filters
New Seawater Filtration System Makes Ocean Water Drinkable
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14
Innovative Rainwater Management
Innovative Rainwater Management
Triton Stormwater Solutions Save Time, Money, Land
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13
Solar Purification
Solar Purification
SODIS Water Filters
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12
Two-Minute Water Purifiers
Two-Minute Water Purifiers
The Pure Water Bottle Produces Clean Water in Minimal Time
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11
Greywater Recycling Kitchen Sink
Greywater Recycling Kitchen Sink
EULO Lets You Keep Washing The Dishes
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10
Dissolving Golf Balls
Dissolving Golf Balls
These Eco Golf Balls Won't Take Forever to Decompose
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9
Eco Construction Buffers
Eco Construction Buffers
The Symbiotic Green Wall Makes for an Eco-Friendly Barrier
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8
Water Purifying Umbrellas
Water Purifying Umbrellas
The Umbrella Recollector Can Filter Rainwater for Drinking Purposes
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7
Rain Drop Collectors
Rain Drop Collectors
Eco-Conscious Golden Design for Rain Water Harvesting
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6
Fish Tank Farms
Fish Tank Farms
Rob Maslin's 'Free Lunch' Uses Fish to Help Grow Food
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5
Fun Eco Faucets
Fun Eco Faucets
The Chanhee Han 'Seesaw' Faucet Dispenses Soap and Limits Water Use
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4
Self-Sufficient Underwater Architecture
Self-Sufficient Underwater Architecture
HO2 Scraper Harvests Renewable Energy to Grow Food
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3
Dissolving Packaging
Dissolving Packaging
Harmless-Dissolve Transparent Bags Disappear in Warm Water
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2
Water Collection from Air
Water Collection from Air
WatAir Dew Harvesting System Provides Safe Drinking Water
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1
Toilet Tank Aquariums
Toilet Tank Aquariums
Save Water with the Eco-friendly Fish 'n Flush
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