Open17water: Team Thousand Waters
Eco-friendly Rainwater Harvesting System for low-income families: Improving Sustainability through Circular Economy.
Firstly, we aim at improving people’s lives by offering an innovative solution to provide clean water access and help children and women, mainly in low-income regions. However, there is a growing interest in Businesses and higher-income households for water-independent buildings. Thus, we may also diversify our targets in the near future, to get more financial resources to invest in the startup and expand our business. Our financial prospects are promising. Our initial investment should be 7 thousand BRL, and each individual system shall cost around 500 BRL. Internal rates of return shall be around 397%, and Payback is expected in less of 1 year. It means we shall prosper while generating positive social impacts, improving the environment and people’s quality of life.
Brazil has 210.1 million inhabitants. Although it is rich in water resources and rainfall in some regions, 33.129.083 people do not have access to clean water, and 94.734.344 do not have access to proper sanitation and live in water deprived environments. Our founder was born and raised in Brazil’s Northeast region, Sergipe State. Its 23 million inhabitants were negatively impacted when this region went through its greatest drought between 2011 and 2015. Around 80% of the cities in the region faced severe issues involving food and water security, as consumption and other water uses were threatened. It resulted in losses of around R$ 104 billions (US$ 19 billions). Thus, our founder grew up in such an environment where people had to develop new and appropriate agriculture and water management techniques to ensure their permanence in the territory and their survival. Motivated by the question “How to survive and improve our quality of life?”, the Águas Resilientes (Resilient Waters) startup was founded.
Our goal is to bring sustainable development and quality of living to vulnerable people in society, through our main product which is named Águas Mil (Thousand Waters). It is a rainwater harvesting and purification system made of low-cost and good quality materials. It should be installed at homes, especially for low-income families in Brazil, initially.
Our main goal is to improve low-income people’s access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene because we know how important such factors are for improving the quality of life. As more people get access to such important human rights, their quality of life will improve and the whole country shall benefit as well in the medium-long-term. The UN indicates that every US$1 invested in improved sanitation generates an average return of US$9, especially in poorer communities that lack such essential services. Furthermore, hygiene facilities play a key role in controlling the spread of infectious diseases. In fact, 233,880 people in Brazil were hospitalized in 2018 due to waterborne diseases, and 2 thousand people died. Our initiative shall encourage other companies to engage in the field and lower their prices, strongly contributing to a revolution in water access and strengthening the country’s economy.
The 1000L one thousands liters version was designed mainly for Community centers, schools and hospitals, where more people gather.
The 50L version was designed for smaller households in crowded neighborhoods of great city centers, where space is limited and using the roof for collecting water is harder. Thus, this version do not need large collecting areas in roofs.
1- The visuals are nice, but the slides could have less text.
2- 100 million households? This number seems too much, considering the country’s population.
3- I suggest you focus in one city. Brazil is very diverse and tackling too different realities at the same time could drain attention from the main issues. Also include a simple map, to locate your audience.
4- How does your solution relate to citizen science?
5- Where to apply should come before the solution itself, so we can better understand why you shaped your solution the way you did.
6- Describe more your solution. How do you guarantee that with this system the output is clean safe water? Do you develop and sell the solution? Or do people engage in the construction? Why is this suitable for low-income people?
7- Why hasn’t this solution been applied before? What are the barriers and how will you tackle them?
8- Do you have the skills to implement this project or do you need to team up?
9- How are the regulatory frameworks regarding this issue? Do people need any specific license to implement such systems in their homes?