• Agents of Change

    • At her young age, Deepika Kurup is already one of the most promising agents of change of our times; she successfully developed the cheapest water purification system so far.

    Fourteen year old invents a new water purification system / 

    New generations do not cease to impress us with their brilliant ecological awareness and their intelligence. It seems like children are the ones who are most receptive and aware of the fatality of present environmental technologies. Deepika Kurup, a fourteen year old is one of these incredible examples. Not only is she a brilliant scientist and an astounding lecturer, but her genuine concern for the fresh water crisis is so great that she has the potential to move masses to take action and change ecology’s future.

    She came up with the idea after she saw some children in India drinking dirty water from a puddle. From that point, Kurup decided to “find a solution to the global water crisis”, her invention just won 25 thousand dollars in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge; a competition for students from fifth to eighth grade (Kurup entered the contest before she began middle school).

    Deepika Kurup spent three months working on her project, reviewing postgraduate documents about water purification instead of going away for her summer holidays. She spoke with her 3M tutor every day, and examined the purification system in her backyard using contaminated water from the sewage treatment system in Nashua, New Hampshire. Finally she found a system that expose titanium oxide and zinc oxide to the sun, creating a chemical reaction that generates hydroxyl groups, which in turn kill harmful bacteria.

    As well as the positive results from her experiments, Kurup found that in just a matter of hours, the water had been completely filtered by its compound —that costs roughly half a USD cent a gram—and it contained fewer Coliform bacteria and E. Coli colonies.

    Unlike other modern and popular methods to purify water (using UV lamps that require electric energy or chemicals that give the water nasty flavours and smells) Kurup’s method can work beyond networks, creating fresh and tasty water.

    Currently, after winning the contest, Kurup remains interested in speaking to other companies that could help promote her method, “My next step is to apply for a patent”, she stated. “I want to start a non-profit organisation to implement my invention”. We hope the world is listening and that Kurup’s eco-method is widely employed as soon as possible. 

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