PRLog - Feb. 19, 2014 - SAN RAMON, Calif. -- According to the United Nations, 783 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water. Rainwater harvesting has the potential to address this issue but the technology has failed to gain popularity. Less than 1% of the world’s population takes full advantage of the technique. The major hurdle has been the high price of water storage. For people making $1-$2 per day, the normal price of a 200 liter barrel at $20 is still too expensive.
Prototype Two Dollar Tank- made from cardboard and PE liner
To address this issue, RainSaucers™
The price per liter for the system is an industry first. “With a tank that costs just under a penny per liter to make, this system has the potential to finally make rainwater harvesting affordable for the world’s poor” commented company co-founder Tom Spargo.”We also put great thought into making it completely DIY since gutter installation and piping require skills that most people don’t have”. The Two Dollar Tank was made reality by industrial design students from San Jose State University- Claudine Zafra and Ray Chen, a former US Marine experienced in survival training and water issues. “I’ve witnessed first-hand how in spite of the abundance of rain in many developing countries, most people can’t afford to collect and store rainwater. I designed the Two Dollar Tank to be a simple yet elegant solution to the problem.”
The Two Dollar Tank is still in development. RainSaucers Inc. is seeking NGO partners to help complete the design and conduct user testing. More detail including photos and a Bill of Materials for the system is available at http://www.rainsaucers.com/
The Twitter hashtag for the project is #twodollartank.
Established in 2010 and headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, RainSaucers™
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