Highly Commended: Rural Water Purifier | Increasing access to clean water for rural communities.

Project Team:

Imogen Owens , Eve Kirkpatrick


New Idea

Social Purpose

Good Health & Wellbeing

What is the problem you found?

Between 37% and 40% of households in rural communities in Australia rely on sources of drinking water other than mains or town water supply. Together with the fact that rural communities are more likely to be affected by droughts in Australia, it is important that we help increase access to drinking water for them. Without increased access to drinking water, people in rural communities are prone to infections such as Hepatitis A, salmonella and Cryptosporidium.

What is your opportunity?

How might we make drinking water more accessible to rural communities?

Who is your audience?

Our customers are people living in rural communities who need an easy and reliable source of drinking water.

What Is Your Solution?

Our solution is a portable robot that is placed in small lakes or rivers with a water filtration tablet. Along with this, it produces a high-frequency sound to scare off any animals so that they do not get hurt during the filtration and purifying process. 

What the filtration tablet does is it clumps dirt particles together to the point where they can no longer float. This makes the dirt particles sink to the bottom of the water leaving the water purified and clean water at the top for drinking. This machine is equipped with multiple sensors to communicate to the mother device (a device that has an app installed) that tells the application on the device how clean the water is. (It would say in a percentage). The app would also show camera footage of the robot as there is a small camera on the front. 


Prototype of water purifier

Support Required


Kindly help us with money execute this project and market it to those who need it.


We need help developing the project so it is at an affordable price for rural communities. We have the full plan but we also need someone to put the coding in.

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Environmental Impact Challenge

Challenge Partners


AEG St Leo's


New South Wales