Each team taking part in Water Innovators 2016 chose from one of the following challenges:
Water Challenge – We are working with 10 hospitals to install filtered safe drinking water. Cambodians are used to bringing water with them when visiting the hospitals, as tap water is not trusted to be safe to drink. The challenge is to design a new drinking water station that can replace the existing sinks, and develop a communications and marketing strategy to promote the safe water to people visiting and working at the hospital.
Sanitation Challenge – Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake and one of the world’s most productive fisheries. Over 100,000 people live in floating communities on the lake. WaterAid and our partners have designed a household wastewater treatment system specifically for this setting. The challenge is to develop the design of this system to adapt it for an institutional setting of floating community schools – while still being affordable and technically sound.
Hygiene Challenge – Washing hands is the most cost effective and easy way to prevent disease. Cambodians face a lack of access to water and effective hygiene behaviour. To address this, WaterAid Cambodia and our partners are working to develop and promote the LaBobo – a fun and portable handwashing device (pictured above). The challenge is to develop the appeal and design of the LaBobo, based on specific user feedback and material restrictions.