Category Archives: Water

Rain water harvesting

Shortage of clean drinking water is quite common in refugee/IDP camps in Uganda. People living in the camps are dependent on water provided by UNHCR and NGO’s. This shortage of clean drinking water causes the usage of contaminated/dirty water for the drinking purposes, which exasperates the healthcare situation in the camps.

Rainy season in Uganda spans for around 8 months in a year, however, the rain water is not collected for the usage despite its abundance and minimal requirement of treatment before usage.

Rainfall in Pader per month

Keeping in view the situation in camps and an opportunity, we are building a rain water harvesting tool/material KIT that is easily deployable, cheap, and durable and it fits almost every type of house built in the camps. It is also easy to transport during the transition phase as well cheap girls air jordan 10. This kit will be given to the refugees/ IDP on their arrival to the camps.

After the design summit, one of the participant, Tobias Bahne took on the project further and did research and prototyping as part of his graduation project at the Bauhaus school of Design.

Project report by Tobias Bahne



Communal space for water collection

In refugee / IDP camps, aid-agencies typically provide 15-20 liters of water per day per person out of which only 2-3 liters is used for drinking. Providing this quantity of water is expensive and requires a lot of effort. Between 10-20% of this water is wasted due to inefficient usage. This can have a serious health impact.

Can we make the utilization of water more efficient for improved health and well being?


The team created a simple solution to reduces spillages and recycling waste water while Improving Well being (hygiene, rest, recreation). In this solution a tap and articulation filling arm were designed to be attached to the existing piping system, with a self-opening/closing tap, that requires no contact with hands (potential source of contamination). The original crate used to transport the emergency kit is used as a spillage collector which allows the water to be reused for numerous purposes such as flush latrines and agricultural fields and prevents the formation of a puddle under the taps buy jordans online for cheap. The concept also involves the conversion of water distribution points into communal zones where different water related activities can be carried out such as hygiene, laundry and dishes and a vegetable garden using filtered water.


Stutents from the Innovatie Lab in Amsterdam Working on the “Water Tap” Rethink Relief Project

Seven fearless student from the Innovatie Lab in Amsterdam are currently working on  the design of the Water project developped during Rethink Relief 2013.  Their goal is to improve the design of a device to reduces spillages and recycling waste water and build a functional prototype to be tested on the field.

The seven student standing at the entrance of the school

They are working closely with Joos Van de Nortgate from MSF, last week they went on a visit to MSF Supply in Belgium, to have a look at the equipement currently used by Relief organization and get a better understanding of the logistic of Relief organization.

We are looking forward to discover what great design they will come up with and will keep you updated as the project move forward !

A little more about the Innovatie Lab :
The Innovation Lab helps small and medium enterprises  to realise their ideas.There are enough ideas bud it lacks often time, knowledgeor abilities to realize these ideas. Maybe there is lack of research-, prototype- and testing facilities or there is not enough manpower available cheap air max 90 premium tape. The innovation lab is committed to help these companies further.

With the creativity and inventiveness of students, solutions will be invented for the current inquire of the project. The students experiment, invent new opportunities, make prototypes and developing new products. The student’s project teams are multidisciplinary, from different study’s are they working on a solutions. The innovation lab offers supporting facilities which the teams can make use of.


Solar Dew follows up with Tripure project

Dear all,
Great news! The idea explored in the project Tripure is going to be continued! Solar Dew, a Dutch young company dedicated to water purification, and a group of master students from the Industrial Design Faculty at TU Delft will start a shared project from February on! In collaboration with their team there will be experts from local and international humanitarian organizations, being one of these experts, Joos vd Noortgate, who also participated in Rethink Relief 2011. We are enthusiastic about the future and look forward to see their results. The team will need all the support from our network during the next six months!

About the project
SolarDew® develops systems for water purification with the heat from the sun. Their solutions are based on natural processes of evaporation and condensation and optimized with a new membrane technology.
The goal of this project is to explore the benefits of this technology in the area of emergency relief and/or in the reconstruction phase. The project should result in providing a decentralized drinking water system which can offer clean drinking water to an amount of people (yet to be defined) and can easily be distributed, is maintenance free, low cost, compact and jump starts the rebuilding process from day one by allowing people to return to their homes at an earlier time.
The project entails the full cycle starting with the product design and manufacturing and ending with the disposal of the actual product buy air max online. To design and realize the entire cycle the distribution, business model, product design and user interaction of the final solution should be developed.