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I've always been fascinated by objects with multiple functions: Swiss Army knives, chairs that fold into step ladders. And I've always wondered why there is not more thought given to what is sometimes called 'Appropriate Technology' - modest designs that fit the environment, do the job and fill a need- or even multiple needs- at a modest cost.


Both of these characteristics are met in spades by the Aquaduct - a bicycle with a water tank and a filtration system operated by pedal. For the vast number of people-- especially women and girls-- who must walk long distances at great cost in terms of both physical wear and tear and time in order to collect water the genius of this invention can hardly be overstated. The Aquaduct cuts time to the water source by allowing the water collector to ride instead of walk. Then, having filled the tank, she rides back home, forcing the water through the filtration system and sending the clean water to the container in front.

This wonderful machine was the winning entry in the 'Innovate or Die' competition held by Google and Goodby Silverstein & Partners to encourage the development of pedal-powered solutions to environmental problems.

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Comment by Starling on March 25, 2010 at 11:50am
That's a great invention, thanks for writing about it.
Comment by PJE on March 26, 2010 at 11:46am
I'd give you lots more for collaboration if I could. Thank you again for your help.
Comment by Sarah Hickox on March 29, 2010 at 6:53pm
What a great idea! I love multi-functional inventions as well.
Comment by ninmah on March 30, 2010 at 7:20pm
What a neat invention! Thanks for pointing it out. I was looking for things like this yesterday but did not run across this one.
Comment by Danijela Scepanovic on April 1, 2010 at 12:30pm
It looks funny but its function is more important. Although I couldn’t imagine nice ride aside a good concrete road. When I ride my bicycle I go on bumpy roads....
Comment by Sylvain Ratelle on April 2, 2010 at 1:05am
Sarah, a great solution that solves many problems at the same time, thanks
Comment by Mark Mulkerin on April 2, 2010 at 1:14am
Cool! Of course, my daughters wouldn't ride it unless it were pink ...
Comment by James Folkestad on April 4, 2010 at 11:21am
What a great solution. Again thank you for sharing!!
Comment by Jean Frankly on April 19, 2010 at 7:56pm
Thanks for sharing that great innovation.

You might be interested in Christian Brumm's Evoke post on the "Green Gym" - stationary bikes that produce energy. I also appreciate solutions that achieve multiple goals. In this case: clean, renewable energy + healthy, active people.

http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/the-green-gym-1
Comment by Brandon Cline on April 22, 2010 at 6:35am
Awesome! Hippo Water Rollers has a similar rolling idea, allowing to people to transport (though not filter) up to 100L more safely and efficiently than on their heads.

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