Google Water Research

Google.org and The Google Foundation are planning to support research in western Kenya to find ways to prevent childhood water related deaths as well as offer new solutions on how to make water safe for drinking. This research is being conducted by Alix Zwane and Edward Miguel of UC Berkeley and Michael Kremer of Harvard University.


This initiative fits in future plans of Google for the next 20 years, to spend 1% of its equity and profits, together around USD 1 billion (EUR 833m), on philanthropic activities focusing on world poverty and the environment. The money will be managed by Google.org which includes the work of the Google Foundation, some of Google’s own projects, and partnerships and contributions to for-profit and non-profit entities.The International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance calls upon Kenyan rainwater harvesters to contact Google and to explain their rural water supply solutions.

Ok great, I see lots of organizations out there collecting donations and talking but when are we going to see some action?

To purify water all it takes is:

  1. gravel
  2. sand
  3. charcoal
  4. a soda bottle
  5. cheesecloth

I understand that you can not always lead people to fresh water but with the money Google is offering, and the funds “non profits” are collecting, you could surely create some low cost products for village people to sell or barter. Rainwater harvesting and purification kits would also be small and lightweight.

You can even harvest fresh water from a small popup tent or wrap a baggy around a tree branch to collect moisture. How about low cost solar water distillers? Do they have hot rooftops surfaces in Kenya? Yep, they sure do! This information has been around for years.


Posted in Research by Administrator on April 14, 2006.

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