DylanAtOHorizons – http://www.ohorizons.org

OHorizons develops and deploys low-tech, context-appropriate innovations to solve persistent global challenges. Centered on the user, OHorizons innovates low-tech solutions that are simple to implement, low-cost, locally-sourced, universally flexible, and open-source.

OHorizons currently focuses on providing access to safe drinking water, so that all people can live a healthy, productive, and dignified life. It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of water systems in developing countries become inoperable after five years. Why such a high failure rate? Most projects are done with little to no input from the local community, which means the people actually using the water systems know little to nothing about the technology, how it actually works, and most importantly how it can be maintained and fixed when it breaks.

OHorizons is addressing this problem. Our Low-Tech, High-Thinking principles guided us to engineer a low-cost Wood Mold for the production of concrete BioSand Filters (BSFs). BioSand Filters are ingenious household appliances that use sand, gravel, and natural biological processes to filter pathogens out of water, making it safe for drinking. Our award-winning Wood Mold’s design is scalable, sustainable, and context-appropriate for the people that use it. We work with communities and local implementation partners from around the world. Organizations in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America have used our open-source, DIY-friendly technical resources to resolve their drinking water issues using local materials, tools, and labor.

The Wood Mold we have engineered allows local organizations to manufacture concrete BioSand Filters for a fraction of the upfront costs of traditional methods, meaning more people can get clean water faster. Our locally-made, simple-to-use filters keep families healthy and make safe drinking water accessible, affordable, and sustainable.

OHorizons is providing safe drinking water access to 15,000 additional Bangladeshis in 2017 alone and has ambitious plans to reach more than one million people in the next four years.

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