Harry Vos
Experience Designer
Project Video

Freefilter

Designed to reduce the number of hours women in the developing world spend collecting water, Freefilter is a water pump made from readily-available plumbing and bicycle parts, and a water filter made from the branches of trees, which filters out all harmful bacteria and pathogens.

Project Video

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In someone else's shoes

In someone else's shoes

I collected my own water for a week, and learnt that collecting water isn’t itself difficult. The problem is the opportunity cost of women collecting water. Six hours spent collecting water is six hours lost in education or trade.

The gender roles must be challenged. Water collection must stop.

Components List

Components List

The components needed to assemble the water pump and filter would cost $10 if bought new. However, they could all be upcycled from used parts going to waste, potentially costing nothing but the time it takes to make the pump and filter.

Implementation

Implementation

Instead of shipping over ready-made pumps and filters, Freefilter uses a co-design approach to ensure the installation of pumps and filters is integrated into different communities. Through their involvement, it is hoped that people understand the importance of filtering water, and gain knowledge of how to maintain the equipment, without reliance on external charities or aid workers.