Updated Apr 04, 2018
Xyla from Young Sustainable Impact 2017 has partnered with MIT researchers to use their xylem filtration technology to design a low-cost pine-tissue water filter, committed to provide clean affordable water to the world's poorest areas.
844 million people have no access to clean drinking water and every year one million people are killed by water sanitation and hygiene-related diseases. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. People who belong to lower income groups are unable to afford water filters and additionally, are not even aware of the life-threatening nature of waterborne diseases. The annual economic burden of healthcare costs due to access to water and sanitation is $32 Billion!
Catering to the affordability challenge Xyla is a water filter that is simple and sustainable. It doesn't require high-end technology, neither specialised chemicals. It is extremely user-friendly and as cheap as 2 dollars. We are also aiming to increase promotion of SDGs through the Xyla Water Filter by doing health and sanitation trainings in deserving schools as an outreach initiative because the areas we are targeting require a mindset shift to complement the advantages of our water filter.
We are aiming to give free filters and to hold workshops in underprivileged schools as part of our partnership with Dream to Education For All. Students will be educated about clean water and waterborne diseases. We aim to produce 5000 units of filters by the end of 2018 and 35,000 units of filters by the end of 2019.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||212,000|
|New Implemented Countries||Ghana, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Bhutan|
|Recruit||5 R&D Volunteers, 1 Marketing Manager, 1 Manufacturing Manager, 1 General Manager|
|New Feature||Researching a way to change the filter according to the specifications of the water in the different sources, adding nutrients to cartridges and and introducing health/sanitation outreach trainings in deserving rural schools.|