HONOURABLE MENTION

What Is The Most Effective Alternative For Filtering Water?

Everyone knows about the single use plastics ban in Canada, and just like it, this way of filtering water saves marine life, money, and the entire ecosystem; including humans! It’s not just animals that are affected by water pollution.
David Nashed
Grade 7

Problem

Plastic waste affects marine life, but some alternatives are costly. Many countries' populations start dropping like flies because flies are in their water!

I want to find a way to filter water without using plastic, or lots of money.

Method

Paper Bottle Rock Method is my solution. I found this by researching.

Research

What: In rural countries and areas like Ethiopia, there is very poor water filtration.

It can be costly, or simply just uneffective.

Why: All across Africa, bacteria, viruses, and parasites are hiding in drinking water in wells, rivers, and other bodies of water. Why are rural areas affected most? All kinds of diseased cattle and animals can easily spread things like fleas anywhere, and water is one very exposed substance. The well by the farm, and the flees ready to jump in.

What: In rural countries and areas like Ethiopia, there is very poor water filtration.

It can be costly, or simply just uneffective.

Why: All across Africa, bacteria, viruses, and parasites are hiding in drinking water in wells, rivers, and other bodies of water. Why are rural areas affected most? All kinds of diseased cattle and animals can easily spread things like fleas anywhere, and water is one very exposed substance. The well by the farm, and the flees ready to jump in.

What: Sea turtles and all kinds of marine life are hurt by confusion and misidentification of plastic materials, but something that affects everyone is water pollution.

Why: Marine animals like the Kemp Ridley’s Sea Turtle love eating Jellyfish. But there also an endangered species. Plastic bags just make it worse by getting these green bundles of joy tangled and strangled. What does this have to do with water filtration? Bottles can affect them too! Straws, cutlery all single use plastics! If no plastic is used (In filtration), we can save turtles, cattle, and even humans from drinking or coming in contact with polluted water.

The most eco-friendly water filtration system would be 

one which doesn’t use plastic or anything possibly harmful to 

The ecosystem. The most would be iodine tablets as the 

Sodium in it purifies

the water. 

The cheapest of course would be free! Any 

fine-grained rock (easily found anywhere including Africa) 

has wide pores which can filter water like a kitchen sponge.

Take the water, sprinkle it above the holes of the rock, and 

                                                    Make sure to have 

                                                    something under the rock.

While this isn’t the cheapest, it is the most effective as it combines cheap and eco-friendly. All you need is two paper bottles or cups which are usually less than $1 and found at any dollar store or superstore. You also need a handful of rocks or stones, some sand, and of course, dirty water!

First poke one circular hole in the bottom of one bottle, then fit the other through the hole. Flip it upside down and poke a hole through the top. Add things such as stones, charcoal, and sand. Then add the water! Let this sit out in room temperature for about one day. Then take the lid off of the top bottle, and almost drinkable water will rush into the bottom bottle. If the water does not look or taste clean, iodine tablets cost only up to $3, and purify if it so that it is guaranteed drinkable!

 

Data

Rural areas tend to have more unclean water than other areas. This means my project affects lots of rural places. Marine life can be tricked by plastic which can lead them to their death. This means part of being eco-friendly with my water filter is not using plastic.

Conclusion

While this isn’t the cheapest, it is the most effective as it combines cheap and eco-friendly. All you need is two paper bottles or cups which are usually less than $1 and found at any dollar store or superstore. You also need a handful of rocks or stones, some sand, and of course, dirty water!

First poke one circular hole in the bottom of one bottle, then fit the other through the hole. Flip it upside down and poke a hole through the top. Add things such as stones, charcoal, and sand. Then add the water! Let this sit out in room temperature for about one day. Then take the lid off of the top bottle, and almost drinkable water will rush into the bottom bottle. If the water does not look or taste clean, iodine tablets cost only up to $3, and purify if it so that it is guaranteed drinkable!

 

Citations

National Geographic, UCN, OECDiLibrary. I also went on the website of a zoo somewhere in Texas, and found that one of their turtles was a survivor but a victim of plastic waste!

Acknowledgement

I would like to first thank Mrs. Hobart for guiding me in times of struggle with my project. For answering my questions, and for caring about both my education, and curiousity. I would also like to thank my older brother Daniel, for editing my project (grammactically), and giving me feedback. He helped me find my interest, and we had many brainstorm sessions about how to start my project. And finally, I would like to thank all the judges, all the teachers, and all the sudents, all the people who participated in this year's CYSF.