First assignment of group n° 013
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First description of our project
First description of our project's idea
1. What Problem do you want to solve ?
We would like to reduce the pollution that exists in the rivers and lakes around the world. When people think about water pollution, most of them think about the oceans (salt water) but the pollution in rivers and lakes (fresh water) is also important and needs to be addressed before it is too late.
2. Why does this problem exist?
In industrialised countries, this problem exists because many industries release their waste (sometimes even toxic waste) into the rivers and lakes that surround them because they have no other alternative. In developing countries, this problem exists because most of the population, for example in India, use the rivers and lakes around them to do everything: clean their clothes, clean their dishes, clean their bodies, go to the bathroom etc. This is not at all hygienic because they also use this water to cook and drink. This is due to the fact that the government does not have enough money to invest in water treatment. Another reason why this problem exists is that people are not enough aware of it in developed countries. Most people are trying to find out how to turn salt water into fresh water, but what about preserving the already fresh water that we have ? The pollution in lakes and rivers has a huge impact on their own eco system (flora and fauna) but also on the habitants that depend on this water.
3. What breakthrough are you commited to creating? We would like to find a new way to filter fresh water. One of these ways can be inspired by how the Avo fish tank is cleaned. It has technology that enables fish, plants and bacteria to work together in order to create a balanced ecosystem. It has a continually moving bed that recycles old bacteria into plant food, creating space for new bacteria to grow. Another way to filter fresh water can be by aquatic plants. This is already done in small garden lakes or ponds. The aquatic plants can absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the water, improving the environment for its fauna and absorbs nutrients from the water as well. This reduction in nutrients results in cleaner water and less algae.
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