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Buet youths win ‘Safe Water Challenge 2018’

WT24 Desk

‘TETRA’, a group of Buet youths, on Tuesday won the first-ever ‘Safe Water Challenge 2018’ for their innovative solution to safe water problems in coastal areas, jointly offered by UNDP Bangladesh and Pureit of Unilever, according to UNB report.

The winner proposed team introduces a device named ‘Atoshi’ which simultaneously can desalinate and purify water.

This device can produce 8-10 liters of drinking water a day on average which is enough for a small family.

Developed with the locally available materials, the device is environmental friendly, and it can be produced at a low cost and sold at an affordable price among rural communities. To execute the idea, the winner received Tk 5 lakh, said UNDP.

Earlier in February, UNDP and Pureit of Unilever made a partnership to provide pure water to commoners to achieve Sustainable Development Goal-6, Clean Water and Sanitation.

As part of the initiative, UNDP and Pureit, jointly launched the first-ever “Safe Water Challenge” on finding solutions to safe water challenges in rural Bangladesh.

Among 130 entries, 10 were selected for their proposals on equitable access to safe drinking water, sustainable business model for safely managed drinking water service and innovative technology to improve water quality by reducing pollution.

The top 10 finalists presented their ideas on May 22 before a jury board comprised of experts from different sectors.

Attending the award giving ceremony, Shaila Khan, Acting Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh, said they believe that the SDGs represent a unique opportunity for big corporates to look at new markets and new technologies.

The winner of the challenge will work closely with UNDP and Unilever to implement the plan and establish a business model for safe water.

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