Popular Science honors PackH2O with “Best of What’s New” Award
“A cleaner, lighter way to transport water . . .” that’s what Popular Science magazine said about the PackH2O water backpack today.
“For 25 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us âˆ’
those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Jacob Ward, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The Best of What’s New Award is the magazine’s top honor, and each of the 100 winners âˆ’ chosen from among thousands of entrants âˆ’ is a revolution in its field.”
We’re honored by the magazine’s recognition that the PackH2O is “an elegant solution to a problem faced by millions of people: How to transport drinking water.”
Up to 2.4 billion people live in water-stressed areas; 1 in 7 people live without access to water at home. Women and children in developing nations spend 200 million hours daily collecting water, often from distant sources, and then carrying it home in dirty buckets or contaminated jerry cans. That means clean water can become dirty water.
Numerous organizations around the world have generously invested in the much-needed
activities of drilling wells, purifying water and filtering it. Yet no one has addressed easing the burden of carrying heavy water, or the “Achilles’ heel” of putting clean water in dirty containers.
This water backpack does this; it eases the transport of water and can helps keep it clean. The pack’s clear liner can be removed and set in the sun so that UV light disinfects the contents; a spigot at the bottom eliminates the need for dipping cups, keeping the water clean.