New SafeSIPP device could save time and lives.

Water is crucial for survival. It’s recommended to stockpile a gallon of water per person per day for drinking, plus another one-half gallon per day for sanitary purposes, in case of emergency. That’s challenging enough for a family living in an average-sized house. But what if you have to bug out? Water is extremely heavy, and even if you have plenty stockpiled, it’s going to be a huge undertaking to carry it with you.

Solving this problem was one of the goals for a group of engineering students at Arizona State University in Tempe. They developed SafeSIPP, a water transportation and purification system. “SIPP” stands for Sustainable Innovative Portable Purification.

The handle on this heavy-duty plastic barrel that holds 30 gallons of water enables a person to transport it easily, saving approximately 75 percent of the time that otherwise would have been spent transporting the water. Most important, a patent-pending filtration system cleans the water as it’s being rolled from one location to another.

While a vast majority of the water in the U.S. is still clean and safe to drink, such is not the case in many developing countries. Unsafe drinking water contributes to 88 percent of diarrhea cases worldwide, which end up killing more than 2 million children per year.

According to the group Charity:Water, people in Africa spend 40 billion hours every year walking for water. As soon as a girl becomes old enough to carry 40 pounds of water, she is forced to spend much of her time every day collecting water instead of learning in school.

The main focus of the SafeSIPP is helping people in developing countries transport and purify water efficiently, but I could see this product being used by people in the U.S. who need to bug out. Does your emergency evacuation plan include a way to transport some or all of the water you’ve stockpiled? Please take a moment to let me know.


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