For this project, I was tasked with developing a product to address the water crisis. After much developement and research, I developed the Umbilical water filter. This filter is designed for use in rural africa where clean water is scarce and distant from villages.
Every element of the Umbilical is designed to be easily replaced by objects commonly found in rural Africa.
The filter attatches to two jerry cans. The top one is carried on the user's head, while the other is held on by a strap on the back.
The top jerry can is filled with dirty water, which flows through the umbilical's tube, through the filter fitting (represented here by the green arrow), and into the bottom tank.
The filter is composed of three materials: sand or gravel to catch particles, charcoal to scrub toxins, and crushed Moringa Oliferia seeds to kill bacteria. These seeds are commonly eaten with soup in rural Africa.