LUV Water

26 May 2015

With 750 million people around the world still lacking access to safe, drinkable water and more than 2 million child deaths every year as a result of this issue, the need for new and better clean water technology has never been greater. Our Clean Water Innovations Series looks at the latest ideas from around the globe designed to tackle this huge global health issue.

In this edition, we look at our second innovation, the LUV Water project. Developed by the students at the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, LUV Water uses two systems to purify water in real time.

This clever device uses the weight of water to power UV-LED lights that disrupt the harmful microbes in the water. Coupled with a particle filter, the device has the ability to provide clean, safe drinking water for people who need it the most.

The device is completely self-powered and simply uses the gravitational weight of water to rotate a motor that powers the UV-LED lights. These lights kill 99.9% of water borne pathogens, ensuring that the water won’t cause illness.


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